Guitar Center Adds $100 Premium To iPods

Update: Guitar Center has fixed the pricing error and offered refunds.
Quick, get out your throw-away cash and head to Guitar Center! Their website sells the iPod Classic and both sizes of the iPod Touch for $100 more than what you’ll find pretty much everywhere else. (We guess there’s extra rock-n-roll in them.) You know what makes us crazy? We bet people still buy them.

If you’re one of those people, at least you have an out if you bought it in the last 30 days. Right on the page where you can add the iPod to your cart, they say that “with our 30/30 Guarantee on most products, you can be assured of complete satisfaction and the lowest available price, or your money back!” We confirmed with a very nice CSR on the phone that the guarantee applies to iPods, so good luck with that. Maybe you can spend that recaptured $100 on some Monster Cables.

(Thanks to Scott!)

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  1. nukraze says:

    Well, the reason the prices are $100 higher is because they are still listing the Gen. 1 iPod touches and the newly discontinued Classic.

  2. trujunglist says:

    After I buy my iPod Touch and Macbook Pro from Guitar Center, I’m gonna go to the Apple Store and grab me a fender!

    • TeraGram says:

      trujunglist said: After I buy my iPod Touch and Macbook Pro from Guitar Center, I’m gonna go to the Apple Store and grab me a fender!

      The reason Guitar Center sells iPods is they sell equipment that will directly interface with an iPod. For example:
      Numark iDJ2 Mobile DJ Workstation
      [www.guitarcenter.com]

      And how about this?
      Alesis iMultiMix 9R Rackmount Mixer
      [www.guitarcenter.com]

      I’ve seen a keyboard/synth at one of their stores with an iPod dock, but that may have been an add-on or even non-iPod specific… I wasn’t paying attention to that detail too much. Can’t find that on their website right now either.

      Anyway, point is, they sell iPods because they sell equipment with authorized iPod docks.

      And ftr I am in no way shape nor form an Apple fan-girl.

      - T, doesn’t even own an iPod.

  3. Raiders757 says:

    I wonder if they have Zen Vision M’s/iPod killers for $100 under cost?

    It would only be fitting for them to do so.

  4. Geekybiker says:

    That’s funny. I bought one there in july for literally $100 less than anywhere else on the net. Guitar Center typically has very good prices.

    • wickedpixel says:

      @Geekybiker: They’ve obviously realized that since they were selling then at a $100 discount in the past they now have to sell them for $100 more to make up for the difference in profit.

  5. SportsCentre says:

    That’s microeconomics 101.

  6. Marshfield says:

    No sense selling them cheaply, it’s not their main line, and they stock them for CONVENIENCE of their customers. They don’t much care if you buy one or not.
    In fact, I almost think they’d rather not deal with them but stock them because the occasional person comes in and says “I want to be a DJ — hook me up with everything I need” and so they have a few in stock.

  7. bones11 says:

    ipods are stocked for the reason that someone wants to dj their friends birthday party and can buy mixers that integrate with ipods. the mixers are not really meant for professionals, but they sell. they also sell macbooks with professional recording software which, surprise! integrate with ipods. I got sucked in to the link about the Black Friday OP and what the guy said about their online support and phone support is absolutely correct, a bunch of 18-30yr old musicians working to get a discount on gear. GC and MF are sister companies, the stock ticker is for Guitar Center. Go to the wikipedia article for GC and you will see all the companies they own. You will also see that GC is now owned by an investment company known as Bain Capital and has gone private.

  8. Telekinesis123 says:

    @Marshfield
    No sense selling them cheaply, it’s not their main line, and they stock them for CONVENIENCE of their customers. They don’t much care if you buy one or not.
    In fact, I almost think they’d rather not deal with them but stock them because the occasional person comes in and says “I want to be a DJ — hook me up with everything I need” and so they have a few in stock.

    Wow, you are a true corporate shill, yeah its really (un)convenient to type into your search bar a few words to save $79. Consumers need to be educated, especially on the internet to save money, and that’s one of the main reasons this site exists, why are you trying to downplay that. Power to the consumer, son.

  9. doctor_cos wants you to remain calm says:

    Ahhhh, Guitar Center…home of the $99 (Japanese) Strat.

    All they ever did for me was put my local store (with better selection, prices, and service) out of business by wal-martting them (selling below cost until the store closed, then jacking the prices back up).

    And their helpful employees…

  10. doctor_cos wants you to remain calm says:

    (Not that Sam Ash is any better)

  11. seamustry says:

    same goes for walmart.com

  12. Bahnburner says:

    +1 for the store where the a**hole employee gets to cop an attitude and stick it to “the man”, being anyone who isn’t covered in tats and piercings and doesn’t wear a kilt and Doc Martens to the office.

  13. stands2reason says:

    Yeah, but the Guitar iPods go all the way to eleven!

  14. Dirk says:

    I know it’s a chain and all, but but I’ve never really had a bad experience with Guitar Center. Plus I’ve had them price match products.

    That being said, can anyone recommend a good non-chain music store in NYC?

  15. hoppychris says:

    Well of COURSE they’re more expensive now, it’s not their mega super orange tag once a year birthday blowout event. Fortunately, that will be starting later today, to be replaced by the Once-In-A-Lifetime blockbuster savings super sale in about a week. Were the ipods a normal price it would be much more difficult to make them OVER 100 DOLLARS OFF.

  16. trujunglist says:

    Sorry, there are a lot of interfaces sold at Guitar Center that would be ideal with a Macbook…