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    Quote Originally Posted by hawaii 50 View Post
    i agree with you call for price is to weed out folks who just want to talk about the uke...if you look at the site only the super high end hard to get ukes are listed call for price,i get it

    what is that saying if you have to ask the price you probably can not afford it...lol

    Shawn carries high end ukes for folks who understand what he is selling IMO
    I'm not sure I understand how "call for price" weeds out folks who only want to call to talk about the uke. They can still talk about the uke after learning the price, even if they have no intention of buying it. Lol.

    I can afford high end ukes. I have owned quite a few. And don't get me wrong - my comments are not directed at Shawn. I think Shawn and his shop are wonderful. However, I wonder why a shop like Hawaii Music Supply will show the price of every instrument - no matter how expensive - while other shops will not. If the price is fair - what is the harm in sharing it? When I see someone list "Call for price" - my mind translates it to "Asking more than I should and I know it". :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearbike137 View Post
    However, I wonder why a shop like Hawaii Music Supply will show the price of every instrument - no matter how expensive - while other shops will not. If the price is fair - what is the harm in sharing it? When I see someone list "Call for price" - my mind translates it to "Asking more than I should and I know it". :-)
    My suspicion is that he doesn’t want to set the market on certain high-end, used ukuleles that might fluctuate in value quite a bit. HMS mostly deals with new stuff (occasionally there are consignments), so there’s a MSRP, even from the custom makers. For others, they do an auction and let the market decide.

    For something like the 2016 Moore Bettah currently at Ukulele Friends, I’m guessing that the price changes each time another sale happens and there’s more data about what it could be worth. I have no idea what UF is asking, but a member here sold a MB for ~$14k on eBay the other day, and then a new MB sold for $22k at auction at HMS a week or so ago. I don’t know what earlier used MB sales were, but the new data suggests the one at UF could probably sell at or above $14k.

    I certainly don’t like the approach as a buyer, as I prefer to know what something costs and then decide, but I get how the value of a one-off custom uke can really vary and having buyers call gives you flexibility.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bearbike137 View Post
    I'm not sure I understand how "call for price" weeds out folks who only want to call to talk about the uke. They can still talk about the uke after learning the price, even if they have no intention of buying it. Lol.

    I can afford high end ukes. I have owned quite a few. And don't get me wrong - my comments are not directed at Shawn. I think Shawn and his shop are wonderful. However, I wonder why a shop like Hawaii Music Supply will show the price of every instrument - no matter how expensive - while other shops will not. If the price is fair - what is the harm in sharing it? When I see someone list "Call for price" - my mind translates it to "Asking more than I should and I know it". :-)
    i guess you need to ask Shawn why he does business like he does you have lots of money which is great and you can do what you want but not trying to argue with you Andrew and Shawn are totally different kinds of dealers and it seems to work well for both of them..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joyful Uke View Post
    If you instantly lose interest if there isn't a price listed, maybe you weren't serious about the ukulele in the first place?
    I wouldn't have to call about the Moore Bettah because I have an idea what the price would be, but there have been other nice ukes offered, and I had no idea how much they might cost. I don't usually shop for a specific make and model, but one will catch my eye, and I'll want it. Then I have to balance the appearance against the price. Will I want to call and find out that the price is $10,000? Unless I know that I want it and I can afford it, I don't want to make a phone call.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerryc41 View Post
    I wouldn't have to call about the Moore Bettah because I have an idea what the price would be, but there have been other nice ukes offered, and I had no idea how much they might cost. I don't usually shop for a specific make and model, but one will catch my eye, and I'll want it. Then I have to balance the appearance against the price. Will I want to call and find out that the price is $10,000? Unless I know that I want it and I can afford it, I don't want to make a phone call.
    As I said, you can send an email, which I've done with quick and helpful responses. I haven't yet bought anything from them, but still say that they've treated me well, in responding quickly to my questions.

    Pretty quick and easy to send an email asking "How much does that ukulele cost?"

    And with email, you don't even have to try to figure out time zones, which I don't do well. :-)

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    Shawn replies pretty quickly with the price so just email him. He’s so nice so don’t feel like you’re bothering him. There’s no pressure or obligation.

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