First of all, I've worked retail and the salesman was probably doing what
the boss told him to do. Which doesn't make it right, but that's probably
the way it went down.
Second, I imagine there are four or five different ways to have made
the described situation a better deal for everybody concerned.
Here's an example,
"hey, man, I'm charging you $10 for the strings, but bring the guitar in
#and we'll give it an inspection for free."
That way, when the customer brought in his grandfather's 1964 Martin, the
store could have traded him for a brand new shiny Takamine. Wouldn't
that have been better for everybody?
Third, there are still reasons to keep 'singles' around; for customers who
build their own custom size sets, guys who break a lot of strings, even as replacements for a batch of bad strings from a certain manufacturer, etc.
The reasons for keeping a stock of single strings revolve around the concept of Customer Service. I've never been to Gibson's Bluegrass Showcase,
but I certainly won't go there with the expectation that I can buy a
'single string'. Thanks for the heads up on that, Big Joe.
Fourth, I like the way Mandohack explained it. Mandohack, from now on,
I'm placing all my single string orders with you.
Fifth, this is my 100th post on the Cafe.
I've enjoyed hanging around here a lot, so maybe I'm just having a bad day or a bad week, or something, but don't you good folks think there may be something better to do with our time than talk about whether some pimply-faced salesman shook $10 bucks out of someone's wallet for a set of strings?
I mean, wouldn't we be better off 'practicing mando' for 15 minutes instead of
worrying about this stuff?
Oh, anybody who disagrees with me should go read the last four pages of the latest Folk of the Wood thread for a Refresher Course in Music Retail Ethics.
There, I feel a lot better now.
"Oh, no, Sweatheart, I've had this mando a long time!
Don't you.....recognize the case?"