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FDP Forum / Fender Amps: 1985 - Current / Discount vs. Warranty?

BrentD
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Mar 8th, 2019 12:11 PM   Edit   Profile  

I came across a NOS Bassman and the place is offering a discount because it's been on the floor so long (years).

It's only about 15% off the regular street price, but it's old enough that it has a 5-year warranty instead of Fender's 2-year warranty (which started in 2017). Fender has confirmed they'll honor it.

It's in good shape except the rubber protector on one of the switches is completely worn off.

I don't think it's going to make a difference in my own decision, but I wonder what others might do. Is the longer warranty a selling point even with only a moderate discount considering wear and tear?

reverendrob
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Mar 8th, 2019 04:54 PM   Edit   Profile  

Realistically - if anything was going to go wrong with it in years of shop use, it would have happened.

I wouldn't pay ANY premium for that extra three years, and 15% off something that's..well..waaaaaay old now...no wonder it's still there.

This is a case of price it right or it stays there forever.

reverendrob
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Mar 8th, 2019 04:55 PM   Edit   Profile  

Also - the worn switch etc....would probably take it down to that on its own - if it was a current item.

Given age and all....that's now a 30% off or more item.


budg
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Mar 8th, 2019 05:56 PM   Edit   Profile  

Yeah there is a music store by me like that . They have a 59 baseman ri and some American Series strats that have been there forever. They don’t want to drop the price much , so there it sits .

Peegoo
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Mar 8th, 2019 08:40 PM   Edit   Profile  

The amp is not new--even IF it comes with full warranty. It's a floor/demo model, in full scratch-n-dent livery.

A 30% discount is fair. If you like the amp, walk in with cash in the amount of 30% off list.

Put it on the counter and let them look at it and think about it; it's a fair offer. If they don't like it, pick up your money and walk. Don't even consider a counter offer. Walk.

You'd do way better to find an identical amp 2nd hand.

BrentD
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Mar 8th, 2019 09:03 PM   Edit   Profile  

The whole question is mostly hypothetical for discussion purposes, but I agree with all of you.

Except for the part where Peegoo told me to put a tweed Bassman on a shop counter. ;-)

It *was* interesting to hear back from Fender with good customer service.

Peegoo
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Just beyond Mars

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Mar 8th, 2019 09:23 PM   Edit   Profile  

Not the amp...the cash: put that on the counter!

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Mar 9th, 2019 05:09 AM   Edit   Profile  

Put the cash *and* the amp on the counter. Tell them that, if they take the cash, you’ll lift the amp off the counter. Otherwise...

That’s strong-arm negotiation. (-;

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Mar 9th, 2019 07:31 AM   Edit   Profile  

That's a better plan!

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