We have customers asking about guitar amps all the time and many times , I wished we did carry them still but when one can get a fender blues jr at musiciansfriend.com easily and very reasonable pricing , I rather tell my customers to go online and purchase them with warranty. We cannot compete with local store as they better pricing but online like musician friends , I find that all their things are at good prices . I’m pretty sure that their shipping is also quite reasonable , now if only we lived in the States.
The traditional metronome looks like the above and no we do not carry this in our store even though we do carry some musical accessories. So when a customer came in asking for a seiko stopwatch I didn’t know what it was. And it was good to find out more about it because my daughter takes piano lessons too and she might need a portable metronome in the future for her music classes. A pretty neat device as it has the Metronome/Tuner/Stopwatch functions and it can work simultaneously without any trouble whatsoever. So we may try to carry this for those customers who may need it , especially since we are considering moving to a bigger spot meaning more space to carry more musical accessories. One can always hope and anticipate for better and bigger store.
More like why we don’t do layaway? because people here changes their mind too much and if somewhere else sells them cheaper than our store – they have no loyalty and buy it for even $10 cheaper than support their local business and the worst part of it all is – they want their deposit back in full and some even forget to tell you – till it’s too late to resell them. And Christmas is such a busy time for us, there is really no time to keep things and hoping that the customer that gave you $10 deposit would come back for it before Christmas. Nope !! 13 years in business – you think you’ve seen it all but it’s not true ! everyday there is a new surprise from the customer/s. And the customer/s are always right – and if they are wrong – look at Rule # 1. So, in order to avoid any stress – no layaways – period. Not even for good friends and buddies.