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Best time of year to buy a piano? #75114
11/08/06 04:35 PM
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Is there such a thing as a 'best time of year' to buy a piano?

For example, since Christmas is approaching, would I be able to negotiate a better price after the year?

For automobiles, remaining 2006 models would be substantially cheaper in January 2007. Is something like this true for pianos as well? Seems like it would be hard to sell a piano manufactured in 2005/2006 in 2007 when 2007 models could be had at the same price.

I ask because I'd be willing to wait 2-3 months if I could get a higher quality piano at my price point.

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Start looking now for a good selection and establish a repor with the dealers. I think most dealers are ready to deal just about any time.

Re: Best time of year to buy a piano? #75116
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I'm not sure if there are notable manufacturing differences between one year and another when talking about piano models. Certainly, not as dramatic as with cars when new models receive different engines or structural differences.

Undoubtedly, the price points of all pianos will go up from year to year which might suggest that an older piano still sitting in inventory might receive more aggressive pricing. Are you sure that you could get a 2007 model for the same price as a piano manufactured in 2005/2006? If so, I'd take a fresh new one over one that was collecting dust.

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Re: Best time of year to buy a piano? #75117
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I was thinking that since both were 'new', they would be the same price.

I suppose the only way to know would be to get the serial number and find out when it was made.

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? for the dealers. If you are going to NAMM, and know you need to replace inventory, can you get the replacement in for less, and will you therefore sell for less?

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Possibly worth considering: If your state has a business inventory tax, a dealer might be more eager to sell in the month before the date on which inventory value is determined.

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I'd buy a piano in the summer months. The dealers are slower, and sometimes take deals they wouldn't make in the busier X-mas season. Piano makers tend to rush their products out the door for X-mas sales. They arrive in the stores requiring more prep than normal, and they don't get it because all the techs are very busy. If you buy in Dec or January, you are much more likely to have a piano delivered with no tuning or prep (if the store preps).




Re: Best time of year to buy a piano? #75121
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Well, there is a certain of salesman who will tell you that NOW is the best time to buy a piano, this price is only good today, blah, blah . . .

More seriously, I asked the same question here in New Mexico, the answer I got boiled down to, best times are late spring and early summer, the worst times are at the beginning of the school year and Christmas. But I didn't get the sense that pianos are influenced by anything remotely approaching the annual sales cyle of automobiles. As a savings strategy, you're probably better off looking at 'last year's model,' as somebody up above suggested.

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The best time to buy a piano?

When you find the one you like;
When the deal is good for both parties; and,
When you are happy with the dealer that you are purchasing from - for what they offer in their store such as: a variety of instruments, well prepped, tuned and ready to go out the door, special voicing for what you desire, and for their 'after purchase care' (just to name a few)

But 'for what its worth' money wise - Twice now I have heard that someone was offered a better deal than I was, at the same place, and not too far after my visit when I had been told, ' best bottom line is xx'. I haven't returned to either place.

Another 'for what its worth' - What else sweetens the deal? I'll let you ponder as to what that might be for your particular case.

To add further...I think all dealers are doing whatever they can to make both a sale and a customer happy, at ALL TIMES OF THE YEAR.

Should we start a thread on 'When is the best time to keep a price high when selling?' LOL!

LL


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Re: Best time of year to buy a piano? #75123
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I agree, but I also wonder if there are times when dealers are willing to take less profit to get rid of inventory (new models are coming, or inventory is becoming stale).

During times of high sales, I would think that dealers have little incentive to negotiate much because there are more customers (demand is higher).

Late spring/early summer seems to make sense.

Toddler2's response about NAMM in January is also intriguing.

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Again, Grayson,

That happens in all seasons. Why would they order more if something isn't selling though?

RE: "I also wonder if there are times when dealers are willing to take less profit to get rid of inventory (new models are coming, or inventory is becoming stale)."
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Another thing regarding that. Does the dealer have his own money into the piano or is he paying monthly fees?

I think all dealers will deal.

Just WHAT IS IT THAT YOU ARE LOOKING AT? or what price range? That might help us suggest our thoughts.

LL


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