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Thread: Which guitar company is going to break the mold - sales-wise?

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    Which guitar company is going to break the mold - sales-wise?

    I'd assume that with Covid, many more people have got used to ordering guitars, unseen, over the net.

    I a not sure what the retailer's mark up is, but it must be considerable.

    Whilst there may always be a role or shops or showrooms I think it is only a matter of time before a major manufacturer starts selling direct to the public. Not only would this cut a sizable % from the cost it would enable them to be much more in touch with the customer.

    The disadvantages might be that of alienating large retailers, also I imagine the hassle of the customer service end of dealing with complaints/returns should not be underestimated.

    But I would rather go direct to say Martin Co or Ernie Ball knowing that all my cash was going to the company that actually made the instrument not to various intermediaries - it's psychological.

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    I cannot see high volume companies selling directly, unless it’s through a custom shop. They’d have to halt orders every few weeks/months just to keep up with demand like some of the smaller pickup winders have done over the past year.

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