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You will discover from this note that I am fed up with the way some music stores tend to gouge beginning students on new purchases. I want to help you find the absolute BEST deal on a drum set. The music dealers hate me for writing this little piece!
FIRST . . . understand this very important point . . .
ANY brand of drum set will represent great deal if the price is great.
Nearly all of the drumsets on the market today are of excellent to superior quality . . . even the low-cost generic drums are an excellent value, if . . . the price is right.
To discuss and compare the various brands will only confuse you. We won't do that! They're all good. Some are designed for lower budgets and others are designed for those who want the best money can buy. The idea here is to get the BEST price on what ever you decide to buy.PRICE IS THE MAIN ISSUE
You should buy any brand you like! Just don't pay too much for anything you buy. Someone will always be willing to offer 30% off (or better), if only we'll play our cards right. This may mean a savings of $180 on a $600 drumset, or possibly $600 (or more) on a hypothetical $2000 purchase.
The trick to getting huge discounts is in
knowing how to encourage any dealer into giving-up
their large profits! We must make it more profitable
for the dealer to accept less money.
We push them into a price-war, against their competition and/or we can use the tricks coming-up (below) to soften them up enough to give us a serious break on the price.
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The tricks that follow should work in nearly any country in the world. Though the currency standards may be different . . . the strategies you'll learn here . . . should work anywhere on any drumset, from the cheapest to the most expensive.
How to encourage any dealer
into offering 30% (or more)
in discounts . . .
It's much easier to do, than you may think! My 'secret formula' is explained in minute-detail below . . . Read this valuable message VERY carefully!
NOTE . . .
How much profit is a fair profit for the dealer? You, can decide and control this, once you know how to do it! That's the GOOD news!
PART I, of 'The Formula' . . .
VERY IMPORTANT . . .
Cymbals, thrones and other drumset accessories are also a very big part of our negotiating process! We must negotiate everything equally (the exact same drumset), with each of the various dealers, until we find the one dealer who'll 'settle' for the least profit on our (specific drumset) order.
Anyway . . . Always compare apples to apples! Don't let the dealer include (or subtract) extras . . . as a way of confusing you. Tell them EXACTLY what you want to buy. Check the catalog prices and do the math beforehand . . . then negotiate until you find the best deal.
Some dealers may actually be happy with only 10% profit, if we'll use these additional 'NEXT TIPS' . . . This 'could' translate to about $900.00 in savings for you on a drumset that lists for $2,000.00.
PARTS II, III, IV and V, of 'The Formula' . . .
MORE MONEY-SAVING TIPS . . .
II. When we SEE a drumset on the dealers showroom floor . . . it means the dealer has his money invested in that particular drumset. That owner will be wanting all the profit they can make, off that investment . . . It won't represent the best potential deal for us . . .
BUT . . . If we are willing to pay (at least half) up-front . . . then wait two or three days for our shipment to arrive . . . it will mean that our dealer doesn't really have to invest his own money!
This is a very big issue for the dealer and it also means we will get to call our specific 'color-choice' too! So . . . there's TWO good reasons for using this money-saving tactic . . .
The dealer will only need to make a free and quick 1-800 phone-call to place our order! Then, he'll use our (up-front) money to pay for the products! It's a fast, easy, no-risk, quick-profit-sale, for our dealer. Most dealers should see an advantage to doing it.
How much profit . . . would you need . . . for making a 5-minute phone call?
Will $100 to $400 profit on our hypothetical $2000 drumset seem to be enough profit?
Wouldn't we ALL love to make $400 bucks for every phone call (order) we might place? They should love it too . . . and they should always be more than willing to do it!
Any dealer who isn't happy with $400 profit on a
$1,400.00 (5-minute) deal may be the wrong dealer.
(Leave skid-marks as you get out of there . . . FAST!)
Here's another special tip . . .
III: Those who deal in brand-name musical merchandise are bound by law to never advertise those brand-names below a certain price-level (set by the wholesaler). It's considered low-balling . . . and it'll possibly cost them their dealership if they do it.
Many dealers may low-ball, but only in secret.
E-mail may sometimes become a special way to offer online dealers the sort of 'secrecy' that'll nudge them even lower than the prices they are allowed to advertise! Many may advertise a 30% discount, but almost none will admit to discounts lower than that, (publicly).
Then again . . . since your order is coming from outside their local area . . . they may become more inclined to offer you a better deal. It means they aren't competing against themselves.
In other words . . . What we see advertised on their web page . . . and what the dealers may actually sell for, may often be two very amazingly different prices. E-mail can and will often swing the advantage our way . . . especially if we are communicating well, and using all the other tips I'm giving you here . . .IV: MORE . . . MONEY SAVING TIPS:
V: Also . . . the showroom drumset must be assembled, setup and tuned by someone, for display on the showroom floor. This means the owner will have to pay someone to do that job. Up goes the price of that particular drumset again! It's usually a 2-hour job. At $10 per hour, it could mean another $20 to $30 savings, if we are willing to accept our new drums 'in-the-box', then assemble and tune them ourselves!
Think about this too!
Students need to learn how to assemble and tune their own drumset anyway . . . don't they? Setting-up, tearing down and tuning are all a part of being a drummer, folks. ;>)
FINAL POINTS . . .
Brand-name dealerships are usually issued by manufacturers according to locality. They'll only allow a limited number of authorized-dealers for their brand-names in any given local area.
Every 'general locality' should have at least one dealer for any particular almost any brand-name we may be seeking.
If our local brand-name dealer . . . refuses to budge from a high price . . . it may pay us to visit a similar dealer within a close, but 'neighboring' proximity. Sometimes it may be just across the city, or in rural areas, a neighboring county.
The Yellow Pages of any locality should help you select specific brand-name dealers in that particular area. A short drive to a neighboring city could help increase your negotiating power and possibly help you save 10%, 15% or up to 40%.
WHAT ABOUT THE WEB?
Every dealer (worth their salt), in every locality will probably have a web-site these days!
So . . . who are the web-site dealers?
The web-site dealers are dealers of the same brand-name products you are seeking . . . but they're music stores operating outside of your local neighborhood area. They are the 'little local music-stores', scattered all over the U.S. and rest of the World.
They've all become potential dealers for you, now. The web has brought them to your door! All you have to do is find them on the web . . . then make contact and begin negotiations via e-mail.
It's as simple as doing a specific web-search for the specific (exact) brand-name item(s) you may be seeking.
HERE'S ANOTHER THOUGHT . . .
When we buy locally (here in the U.S.) . . . we'll often end up paying a state-sales-tax.
When we buy out-of-state, via the web . . . we may AVOID that tax, and it might mean an additional savings.
HOWEVER; the typical web-page dealer may legitimately need to consider adding DOUBLE-shipping to THEIR prices! First the order must be shipped to them . . . then they will ship it on to you. This negates your position a little, in a way . . .
Because the above fact 'may' wipe-out the 'saved' taxes I mentioned in the other tip above . . . (The EXTRA shipping costs may wipe-out the saved taxes.)
All this tends to level the playing field. It means neither the Internet dealer nor the brick and mortar dealer has a major advantage. That's another big PLUS for us. It means our decision will become a bit easier to make when all factors have been taken into account. The BEST price-quote is the all important factor. That's the BOTTOM-LINE.SUMMARY . . .
You'll save a bundle! :>)
SHOULD YOU BUY USED DRUMS?
USED DRUMS may be your BEST option.
With a little luck, the drum kit you need, may be in your neighbors broom closet, or it could be just across town, taking up precious space in someone's garage.
It may even be worthwhile for you to make a trip the nearest large city to you, in search of the best used bargains. The trick is finding just the right drumset at just the right price. I hope to help you do that, here . . .
GENERIC OR BRAND NAME?
Should you buy low-cost 'generic' drums or should you go for an expensive brand name?
I'm very strong on the 'generic' entry-level kits for all BEGINNING students of drums. (Would you buy a Cadillac, to teach a kid to drive?) After all, that's exactly why those 'generic' low cost drumsets are on the market! They're marketed specifically to students on a budget.
"Any drum set is better than no drum set.
Price is the real issue. What can you afford?"
So IF you are a beginner, and IF you aren't expecting to be on-stage playing for money within the next year or two, I recommend the lower-priced drums. If I can help you get those drums at the best possible price, I'll feel like I've done you a real service.
THEN AGAIN . . . if I could help you find an EXPENSIVE brand name kit at a greatly reduced price . . . that would be even better! Part of these decisions will depend on how much you can currently afford to spend.
FINDING THE 'USED' BARGAINS . . .
Read the want-ad section of every newspaper and suburban shopping guide in your immediate area.
Timing is a major factor. This search may require some persistence and patience on your part. The BEST times to find the bargains are February through August, but don't let that discourage you. There are bargains to be found, year-round, if you'll read enough want-ads.TIP:
Here's why . . .
If the drums did not sell when originally
advertised, the seller may have become discouraged and dropped
the ad after a only a few insertions. That seller may still
have the drumset! This is where the REAL bargains are
found. You will be in a powerful leverage position.
This type of seller will be very anxious to get the drumset out
of his house and may accept any reasonable offer you will submit.
Remember this. The seller is in need of extra cash RIGHT NOW! Aren't we all?
Your anxious seller wants to go out and buy some other toy to give or throw out, next Spring.
If all that fails to produce results . . .
ONE MORE TRICK! (Advertise!)
Well . . . I'll assume you have tried all the above tips and found nothing!
Rats! You must have the luck of the Irish!
ADVERTISE! Yep! You heard me right. Run a small inexpensive ad in your own suburban-shopper or newspaper. Place the ad in the 'Wanted' section or the 'Used Musical Instruments' section of your local paper(s).
Keep your ad simple and to the point.
Announce in your ad that you are in the market for a used drumset and will pay $XXX.XX for the best deal you can find.
Buy an answering machine or hire a secretary. You may need some help.
I will bet my money on this one tip. It usually works. :>)
KNOWING A BARGAIN, WHEN YOU SEE IT.
This is a key issue . . .
How will you know when a bargain is really a bargain?
First, remember that there are literally hundreds
of brands out there and each brand will usually come
in varied levels of quality.
You'll need to know what qualities to look for . . . then how to equate the value.
There are basically two kinds of drums:
* BRAND NAMES * . . .
The brand names are/were: Ludwig, Rogers, Premier, Pearl, Yamaha, Tama, DW, Mapex, Sonar and a few others. (Some of these brands have disappeared in recent years, but you'll still find them as you look for used drums.)
Of course, the brand names are worth more money.
OFF-BRAND . . .
The Generic brands are: Sunlite, Adam, TKO, Thor, Percussion Plus, Pacific, Dixon, Hammer, Argent and many, many others.
The generic list is almost endless. If you haven't heard the name before; or seen it advertised in the various media, it's probably a generic name.
SPECIAL NOTE: (Generic is generic!)
Most of these entry-level 'generic' drum PARTS are manufactured by ONE company in Taiwan, and according to the word on the street, that company is a subsidiary of Pearl.
The parts for nearly all the generic, low cost, entry-level drums are (in most cases) made in Taiwan, China or Jspan, then shipped around the world, where the various jobbers and wholesalers assemble them for shipping to dealers. They add their own names and logos. They're essentially all the same drums . . . with a hundred different names.
I'm told by good sources that the low-end, (entry level)
'Pearl Export' and 'Pearl Forum' kits are also made in those
same factories. The only major difference is the 'Pearl'
logo stamped into the metal.
The 'Pearl' logo is worth, and may cost you approximately $100 extra dollars (or more).
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