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    Better Tone thru Mathematics bob p's Avatar
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    Free Guitar Center Bucks

    If you shop at GC you might want to check your inbox. A couple of days ago I found a $300 e-certificate that I wasn't expecting, and it has to be spent in the next 2 days.

    I honestly have no idea why this thing came by email. It says that I earned $300 GC Bucks during a recent promotion. I'm sure that it has to be a mistake, but I'm not complaining.

    Now I'm faced with an oddly difficult problem of how to spend $300 at GC. There is literally NOTHING that I'm wanting to buy. This year I've had a plan in effect to downsize away all of my vintage gear and replace it with quality new-production import gear, and I'm actually pretty happy with what I've got so far. I'm at a point now where I have more guitars and amps than I can fit in my house. I still need to thin the herd. There's nothing that I want that I don't already have, and I already have more than I want. For the past 3 days I've been trying to figure out what to buy with this $300 e-gift, and I'm stumped.

    Maybe there's method to the madness at GC. Maybe somebody figured out that I've bought 5 guitars since the summer, as well as a couple of amps and all sorts of associated trinketry. Maybe I fit the demographic of the guy who will buy something really expensive and they'll make a huge profit if they just hand him a $300 coupon to get him going. Me, I'm a cheepskate. I'm wanting to buy something that won't cost much over $300, so I don't have to spend money to get something free. My biggest problem? I have all the guitars that I could want, and I'd rather build an amp or a stompbox than buy one.

    I suppose that the only area that I've been avoiding is boutique stompboxes, but that would mean crossing over to the Dark Side. I'm not sure that I'm ready for that.

    I know this is a real first-world problem that I'm complaining about, but I need some advice -- If you had $300 burning a hole in your pocket what would you do? I'm hoping that someone here can think of something obvious that I've overlooked.

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    I'd be reading the fine print. Making sure they don't have a condition. Like you can get $300, but it applies to a $1000 purchase. That sort of thing.
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    I'd look into that higher priced Plus version of the Trio pedal that was discussed here:
    Great stocking stuffer — the Digitech Trio Band Creator pedal!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bob p View Post
    If you shop at GC you might want to check your inbox. A couple of days ago I found a $300 e-certificate that I wasn't expecting, and it has to be spent in the next 2 days.

    I honestly have no idea why this thing came
    by email. It says that I earned $300 GC Bucks during a recent promotion.
    Baited hook.
    They must have sent thousands of them out.
    Campaign cost? : zero.
    Profits?
    Even 1 buck is already a positive result , since cost is zero.
    I'm sure that it has to be a mistake, but I'm not complaining.
    Certainly not a mistake.
    Now I'm faced with an oddly difficult problem of how to spend $300 at GC.
    You´ll spend way more, then they will discount $300 from your purchase.

    There is literally NOTHING that I'm wanting to buy. This year I've had a plan in effect to downsize away all of my vintage gear and replace it with quality new-production import gear, and I'm actually pretty happy with what I've got so far. I'm at a point now where I have more guitars and amps than I can fit in my house. I still need to thin the herd. There's nothing that I want that I don't already have, and I already have more than I want. For the past 3 days I've been trying to figure out what to buy with this $300 e-gift, and I'm stumped.
    That´s not your main problem.
    If it were "pick anything up to $300 and pay nothing" then just do that, get anything you want and they have, not necessarily a Musical Instrument.
    You might get $300 worth of assorted batteries, strings, cables, merchandising including cool caps and T Shirts, anything, but I suspect it does not work that way.
    Maybe there's method to the madness at GC. Maybe somebody figured out that I've bought 5 guitars since the summer, as well as a couple of amps and all sorts of associated trinketry. Maybe I fit the demographic of the guy who will buy something really expensive and they'll make a huge profit if they just hand him a $300 coupon to get him going.
    Maybe it does not NEED amethod.
    They send this zero cost and hassle promotion and "some" will bite.
    Hey, do you think the Nigerians spend much sending out millions of spam Emails about "10 Million Dollars found in the Bank spare bathroom" ?
    Think again.
    Me, I'm a cheepskate. I'm wanting to buy something that won't cost much over $300, so I don't have to spend money to get something free.
    Not sure you can do that.
    My biggest problem? I have all the guitars that I could want, and I'd rather build an amp or a stompbox than buy one.

    I suppose that the only area that I've been avoiding is boutique stompboxes, but that would mean crossing over to the Dark Side. I'm not sure that I'm ready for that.
    That´s not the basic problem.

    I know this is a real first-world problem that I'm complaining about, but I need some advice -- If you had $300 burning a hole in your pocket what would you do?
    You do NOT have 3 100 Dollar bills burning a hole in your pocket, but an EMail of which we do not know the text.
    I'm hoping that someone here can think of something obvious that I've overlooked.
    You might have overlooked something but we have not even plain *looked* at your Email, how can we answer you?

    Please post a copy here, editing out all your personal data of course.
    There is no possible answer or even comment otherwise.

    TIA.
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    When I was on the radio, I had certain sponsors, and they gave me giveaway prizes. The campus grilles gave me "free french fries" certificates. What a great prize. Their cost was close to zero, but no one just gets french fries. Those free fries probably sold a burger and a drink. Likewise I had free movie passes from a local theater. ALmost no one would go sit in the movie alone, so the free pass usually sold several other tickets. But even so, the profit at the theater was from the popcorn counter anyway. SO my free pass sold a big expensive tub of popcorn or a large box of GoodnPlenty.
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    "There´s no such a thing as a free lunch"

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    The Rat Takes the Cheese!

    You guys are funny. I asked for ideas on what to buy, but instead of helping with that request most of you ran off into the weeds with wild speculation about sinister marketing plans with a catch, free lunches and mousetraps. I guess that's because you think this deal is too good to be true. Or maybe you think that I don't know how to read a coupon. (thanks to g1 for being a helpful responder)

    Thank you for shopping with us during our Guitar Center Bucks promotion. Here are your Guitar Center Bucks in the amount of $300.00 to use on any products at Guitar Center.

    As a reminder, your Guitar Center Bucks are good to use on a merchandise purchase between Dec. 28, 2017 and Jan. 2, 2018 at a Guitar Center store, online at guitarcenter.com or by calling 877-687-5403.

    Now's the time to get that guitar, amp, DJ rig, drum kit, keyboard or whatever else you've had your eye on to round out your sound.
    The last time I was involved in a Guitar Center Bucks promotion I also had a coupon that I had to spend that day, but there wasn't anything that I really wanted. I ended up buying a minty SF Bassman Ten in my local store that had a $400 sticker price, even though I didn't really want it. I thought that $400 was a pretty good price for a totally bone-stock 40W Fender, even if it's a package that most people don't really like. I bought it as mod-fodder. That turned out to be a pretty good deal in the end.

    Like that other time, this time I had GC bucks that had to be spent right away, but I couldn't find anything that I really wanted or needed -- again I was forced to buy something that I don't really want or need. I resisted the temptation to buy anything more expensive than the coupon just because I didn't want to go out of pocket on this transaction. To me the most innocuous thing to buy seemed to be a speaker, so it looks like I'm going to clutter up the house with yet another combo build. I'm going to build something around this one:

    Celestion Cream 90W 12" Alnico Guitar Speaker 16 ohms | Guitar Center | $299.00

    Because the speaker cost $299 and I had a $300 coupon, the speaker cost me nothing, not even sales tax because the net transaction was $0.00.

    While I appreciate all of the warnings, I'm happy to say that the rat takes the cheese on this one. I still have no idea why I received the coupon, but I'm not complaining. It's like I got a free Celestion Cream 90 from GC for Christmas.

    "Heigh ho the derry-o, the rat takes the cheese."
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    Well, excuse us for having any concern for your well being, bob. If it is a free money pass, great. It certainly would not be the first time there were fine print conditions on such things. Nor would it be the first time an intelligent person overlooked some detail. So a collective apology for suggesting caution in a matter we have not ourselves encountered directly.

    Wild speculation? I "win" free vacations, gym memberships, eyeglasses, etc etc, all the time. An actual $300 check in the mail, unexpected would truly be the anomaly, not the other way around.

    So if that makes us funny, so be it.
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    Well, thanks for being so concerned about my personal well-being, Enzo. To be honest, I'm actually quite surprised that you would be so concerned and I am quite touched that you care as much as you do.

    I just received the tracking number, so I'm encouraged but I'm not going to count my chickens before they hatch. I'll believe that I got the free speaker when the UPS guy actually delivers it later this week.

    As sort of a public service announcement: If any of you guys shop at GC or MF, don't forget to check for the cashback rebates at Ebates. I've been ignoring my ebates account for the longest time, but I was quite surprised to find that GC had a 4.5% rebate through ebates when I ordered the speaker, so I turned off my script blockers and opted-in. I wasn't expecting anything, thinking that the 4.5% rebate would only apply to my actual cash out of pocket expense, but I was wrong. Ebates just sent me an email saying that they had applied $13.45 to my account, which corresponds to 4.5% of the full $299 price of the speaker, even though I didn't pay anything. Wow.

    If things work out the way it looks like they should, then I won't be getting the $299 speaker for free -- someone is going to be paying me $13.45 to take it.

    Only in America!
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    I see ads for ebates on TV, and I could imagine some rebates up to maybe 10%. Just my guess. But the lady crows "I got over $5000 in ebates last year." And I had to think she must have spent over $50,000 to get $5000 back. Maybe she bought an M-Benz.


    bob, I worry about the little guy, even if he is a big guy. Ask my wife, nothing gets my blood boiling, and me yelling at the newspaper like some poor widow trying to get the power company to close the account in her late husband's name and getting the bum's rush, or the scam artists who prey on old people claiming to be pavers or roofers or whatever, take a big down payment and split.
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