Combo Amp

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.

Guitars At Good Prices

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Looking at this  dean vendetta  I wished that I can bring this in to re-sell at our store.   The price is good and it looks really decent and after reading its review , I think this is quite a decent guitar to start with for just about anyone.  If only , we had more space at the store , we can definitely re-sell this item easily.  I know of many people who would love to get their hands on a new guitar at a reasonable price but decent looking and decent in sounds.

Bigger Store For More Inventory

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We have been looking for a bigger store to carry more inventory in the music department.  From more mics to cables and even  crickets sound effect gadget for the musicians in town. At the moment, we only carry limited things because we have no space to display them , no more extra glass cabinets to fit the store.  As soon as we can buy a new store , that is bigger , we would definitely want to carry more inventory.

Little Task Lamps

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Our offices back home use to have these  littlite led  on our desks , in fact for all our desk.  Little did I know that musicians uses them often for their gigs and now that my daughter need one for her piano lessons as well, we went online in search of it for her.  We didn’t want to get her a normal lamp on top of her expensive piano , and her music teacher recommended this to us.  We will carry them in our store too if there is a demand for it in the future but for now, I will just have to order them online.

Senior Housing

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Senior Housing is quite popular in our little town because they not only include all the necessities for the senior folks like heat and water , they also include a in house Continuing Care Assistant that helps with the seniors.   I don’t know if they are using a  assisted living software system  to assist them with taking care of so many seniors but they definitely do a really good job and these senior housing are highly sorted.

I heard that there is an investment group coming to town and buying land just to build senior housing and I’m hearing good things about this group.  I’m pretty sure that they will be using some kind of software system to run the place even better than what we already have here.

Used Fender Amp

I loved fender amps and a  fender starcaster  is one that I’m looking out for and I’m hoping that one will come into our store eventually.  Now if you have a vintage bass fender, I will get it off anyone’s hand because they are hard to come by.  I’ve just been given a lesson by someone who owns a number of fender and am very intrigue in collecting some for re-selling at our store.  For someone who is not really that into musical instrument, I sure know a lot about Fender, I will take just about anything from Fender because you and I know that they are made for pros.

Backlogged

Yes! we are backlogged having 7 to 8 computers/laptops coming in everyday.  So instead of 24hrs service, we have to say 2 days now.  But the boss is trying his best to finish repairing all the computers/laptops asap.  But I guess we are quite famous these days with computer repairs just by word of mouth.

This August will be our 15 years in business, no easy feat I assure you.  We have seen good customers, bad ones, good employees and bad ones and ignorant people and customers who turn into friends.  It was quite a journey I have to say.

Winter Renovation For The Store

We are planning to do a little bit of renovation at the store, so  Reid  it is to get all the tools we need for the DIY renovation work.  Why renovation?  because this winter, we are going to tackle the draft problem that we have had for years.  Sitting where I am, there is such a bad draft coming thru’ that I’m constantly cold and have a heater underneath my table.

Of course, the landlord isn’t doing anything about, so we are taking the bull by it’s horn and fixing it ourselves.  This way, I won’t be cold, the store won’t be paying so much to heat the store without bad draft and we can finally have a good winter from then on.

Music Gear For Christmas

This Christmas music gears like  markbass  has been selling like hot cakes at our store, had we known  we would have ordered more stuff to be re-sold at the store.  Just today another markbass was sold and at a very good price too.  Like I said earlier during the week, we do need a bigger store to bring in more music gadgets and instruments.

We knew that there is a market for them but I didn’t know how much people are willing to spend for the good stuff.  So this year, we did bring in a few markbass for re-selling, I guess next year, we are going to have to order more.  There are also some stuff that we get online for our customers too, like special orders if we don’t have it in stock, so don’t forget to check it out if you need a markbass.

A New Vaccum

Now that the helper is gone, I needed something to clean the store whereby I don’t have to worry about it being too heavy.  The old one belong to my dead MIL and it was a good one but a really heavy duty one.  So I told the boss I needed one and we went out to get one when we had gone to get the movies a few weeks ago.

I love the new vacuum as I can swish it around anytime I needed and now the store has never looked cleaner.  Money well spent.  But now that we don’t have to pay someone for help, it’s more money to buy stuff for the store and save for a bigger store – woohoo!  in the meantime, we are still looking out to hire someone good.  But no hiring friends and family that’s for sure.

New Gadget For Computer Repairing

Some new gadget that we ordered for a customer and now we also have one so that if you need your computer reformatted or need stuff to be transferred from one hard drive to another, it would be so cost effective for us.

We do sell this at our store of course now for folks who have a business and needs back up for their other computers or the hospital or schools. A local school already ordered one from us – we are happy to have found this thru’ our customer.

Piano Lessons For Kids

Many parents wants their kid to take up piano lessons when they are young but they are afraid to get a real piano right away because you never know if you can keep the kid interested.  I can fully understand it because my kid had just started taking up piano lessons too.  We bought a keyboard for  her because it’s cheap and easily available but when she came home and told me that she needed to use a pedal for practicing I got worried too – that she may not be learning to do certain things correctly.   I had wanted to rush out to get her an acoustic piano but learned that a sustain pedal  is all I needed to get for her.   So for those who are worried about the same issues, have no fear because the sustain pedal is made to feel just like the pedals on the acoustic piano.

Building For Sale

Yes, another building up for sale but we had thought that the owner was selling it to her niece, so we were quite surprised to see it on the real estate listing. Locality is good and the building is by far the best we’ve seen in terms of condition and only needs a few more  destaco clamps  to work on some areas and it’s ready to be used in any way we want.   Unfortunately, the price is pretty high and even though we can afford it – we are not willing to pay that much for a building and then left with no cash to turnover.

Of course, if the owner is desperate enough, she might consider lowering the price and we can think about it again. But thus far, the building is not as big as we want, so we are not in a hurry to make an offer yet. I figured if we needed to spend as much money, we might as well purchase a bigger location, and then renovate it ourselves to what we want and turn the extra space into a income property.  Lots of potential in other buildings in the town.

More Inventory

Most of our customers are looking to buy racks and stands  when they buy a tv at our store but we haven’t carried a lot of these kind of inventory because we don’t have enough space in the store as it is.  But things may change if we do buy a building ourselves and have lot of display area.  I think I would really like to carry more inventory of these kind because, one really can’t lose a rack or stand because they are of bigger object and not likely to get stolen. Therefore, I’m keeping my fingers crossed and hoping to come across a good business building to buy.

Storing Our Vehicles For Winter

Some cars we only use during the summer because during the winter, there is too much salt on the ground and also we don’t have winter tires for the vintage car that my father-in-law keep for a hobby.  This year we are thinking of buying another vehicle for plowing the snow with so a  bendPak lift may be the way to go, if we want all our cars kept in the garage.  So instead of building another garage or expanding the present one, the easy fix is to get a bendpak lift which is way cheaper than buying a storage unit or renting one in the long run. The ones we saw for our need is not expensive at all but of course, they do have the heavy duty ones for people who likes to work on their cars or trucks during the winter.  I do like the use of these lift because we can store it away when we don’t need them and they can be easily move from one place to another.

Selling & Buying Used Computers

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We buy and sell used computers all the time at the store and buying and selling of used computers are a lot more profit than selling a new computer if you must know.  But there are work to do when someone brings their old computer to sell to us – first we have to  erase hard drive  , clean everything up and make sure that all the drivers are in them before we can place them out for sale.  So if you bring in your computer to us, you can actually make it easier for us if you erase your own hard drive first – so that all your personal information will not land into another person’s hand by accident.  Sometimes, we also upgrade the ram before putting them out for sale – that way the customer buying the used computers will be able to have a better computer with just a little bit extra.

You will be surprised how many people come in looking for a used computer – whether for a back up computer, or a computer for their children or older parents.  But yes, we do sell a lot of these used computers and will keep selling them at a good price but of course, we will make sure that you will get the best out of what you need it for.

Layaways

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.

Re-organizing The Store

Yes, more re-organizing the store, trying to make more space for the things we sell and to display them so that customers can see them – and buy them.  The store is overloaded with stuff – and there is just not enough space.  And no we don’t want to move store because the feng shui had been really good here for us.

And everything you see in the store belongs to us – we don’t owe the supplier – nor anyone – we buy them outright with cash money.  Well, sometimes credit card since some suppliers are online suppliers. But yes, the boss is constantly re-organizing and doing stuff and for people to say that he is never in the store – is just too unfair – the things he does at the store, no one can do it nor know how to do it.

Car Trouble At Work

I was having some trouble with our car door for the longest time and a customer who had seen me come out of  the car with so much difficult came to help me one day when I got to work.  It was the  rivet nut  that needed replacing and truth be told I wouldn’t know what to do but most men are very handy and this one being a mechanic, well, he knew what was wrong with the door immediately.  It didn’t take him too long to fix it and now my car door is all good.  I’m grateful for all these good customers and I can named a few who have been helping us throughout the years we’ve been in business, so as much as I don’t like retail business, I have to say that these helpful and good customer does make my day.

Best Customer/Renter Award

We are thinking of having a contest going for this Christmas at the store.  We want to award somebody with the Best Customer/Renter award with not only a trophy  but also with free rentals for an entire year.   We used to do this before but stopped after Movie Gallery came along and took all our regular customers away but since Movie Gallery had been gone for almost 2 years and business and the rental side is picking up every month, I think it is once again time to remind and reward the best customer/rental – to boost and to inform customers that being loyal to us has its advantage. The last time we had this competition, it was pretty well received but this time, we are going to give them a trophy as a momento.