Originally posted by Kelana:
This is the main reason why buying a piano is a far more traumatic experience for most of us (non-industry insiders) than it needs to be. Here in Singapore (Yamaha excepted) it is quite possible to be quoted three different prices on the same piano by three different sales staff in the same shop. Even at the reputable dealers. (Actually, the most 'reputable' dealers in Singapore are the worst - and Steinway is the least price transparent brand here, with prices being almost twice the US retail). Left me with such a bad feeling that I wouldn't have bought a piano from them if I had any other possible options.
I think that's why Yamaha is so popular here. There is at least a reasonable degree of price transparency, and the sales staff don't make you feel like you just walked into the worst type of used car sales room. Prices are consistently about 25-30% above the prices quoted above, but are clearly displayed, and the salesman doesn't give you a wink and a nudge and suggest that he might be able to negotiate a 'discount' with his boss. Just for you. Because you're special. <shudders>.
I just bought a piano from such a dealer ... a nudge and a wink (but I did my research, and knew I paid 3-4K above the "reasonable price") and I was supposed to be "special." Haha!
Isn't it better for Singaporean dealers to be more transparent in their prices? I guess their sales would improve greatly ... what a pity, I love Kawai pianos.
BTW, Yamaha prices in Singapore are now very reasonable - almost on par with Japan's prices. Saw my post on that? (My first thread in this forum).
I almost bought a Yamaha C3 or C5 just because I felt the price was transparent and reasonable. But the SK3 won my heart - and emptied my wallet :p