Saturday, March 18, 2017

With immediate effect, thanks


Good morning. It has come to my attention that there is much unhappiness with regards to my discussion of product pricing of certain instruments currently being sold at a certain store here. The bottom line- people are unhappy I'm 'interfering' with their prices. 

First & foremost, my blog is an unaffiliated gear discussion entity with an acute personal slant. I discuss matters openly & have no intentions to malign external parties. If this happens it's probably because of a certain accentuation of glaring inherent ineptitude. My approach can be blunt & people get offended along the way but this is largely a by product of them being affected by what they read. They did a reflection (of sorts) & somehow felt hit by non-existent projectiles. It still hurts nevertheless & some of their interests are at stake. All understood.

Secondly, I have provided open avenues for communication. 2 ways- the comment section here is public access & I've kept it as such all along. This way, if you don't have a blogger account, you can still make comments. I've also disclosed my e-mail at the left panel of this discussion board for other matters which are better off discussed in private. Please get back to me via those aforementioned avenues for clarifications should certain issues touch sensitive nerves. I have ever removed a post with images containing religious consecration with regards to a certain gig promo flyer. 

Thirdly, thank you for reading my blog entries. I am very well aware that there are individuals here who read stuff to keep a tab on trending issues. It's rather difficult to know the current turn of all things music & gear related because there isn't a dedicated, passionate website focusing on the matter. The culture in this country is still too shackled by paper chase & keeping up with the costs of living. Also, I believe this is one of the minority blog sites to openly attribute good services, product knowledge, fair pricing & reputable individuals, among others, directly to stores & personnels. This inadvertently created anxiety which could hinge on the negative; people return to this blog to see if their personal/organizational interests were being castigated.

Friends & blog readers, let's be clear that this blog is not a license for limitless, insensitive & calculated reference to particular entities, distributors or individuals. Such practices should not be tolerated. I'm taking this opportunity to also rehash the fact that I'm reiterating malpractices which are already there to begin with. If external entities detected it before you did, what's the implication to your organization? It's very frustrating to see one of my favourite guitar stores with departments not moving in tandem to further the philosophy of the company especially so when efforts were made to embrace transformation. New store front, new service philosophy, revised price considerations, everything moving ahead but someone fell asleep with the online references. The ones that are arguably bringing in the other half of the revenue to the business. My stand today- why am I caring too much anyway, it's not even my store, I'm not commissioned by them in any way either.

On that note, with immediate effect, I will stop promoting, referencing, updating & mentioning, among other blog entry rigours, Swee Lee Music Company. Products under the company's distribution are not owned by the company & the brand names will continue to be mentioned  & discussed here.

PS: To be very clear- not lobbying for support, just an FYI post. If you have to comment, please be constructive. Be mindful of the company that's not here to present their perspectives. 

10 comments:

yong c said...

Sigh. Just know that THIS reader commenting HERE is on your side.

subversion.sg said...

Thanks, my friend 🤘

addin. said...

I've been following your blog nearly every day. 3 reasons why:

1) You write very well! Points expressed very succinctly. Very enjoyable to read.

2) I like how you're very keen to share your opinions, backed with facts/logic and not some mindless rant. I've also sensed your principled approach and this post further solidifies my thoughts on your very respectable integrity.

3) I'm (unfortunately, says the GF) a guitar gear addict :D


Pls know your efforts, time, dedication are greatly appreciated by many guitarists!

Good companies welcome feedback. Weak ones try to thumb you down. Screw em! I'll vote with my wallet.

subversion.sg said...

Thanks, bro! 🤘🏼 Send my regards to your GF, tell her I'm not compelling you to buy but compelling you to think before you buy stuff. He, he... Seriously, how many of us really put good thoughts before buying when GAS takes over? Hmmm...

albertwui said...

I have been following your blog for years for two reasons: Fun to read and informative. Please keep up the good work and don't let these malicious parties turn you down.

Jon Johan said...

I for one, have been an ardent follower of yr blog, firstly, coz u tell it like it is. Personally, if the free publicity u give these people bothers them, then screw it. Be the pie piper of the revolution, where consumers are more informed than the geeks that work in most stores. We have you to thank for countless tips and tricks, and tip-off over the years. Support like that doesn't waver. #Repost

Unknown said...

Been following since 2008 when I was still a student and just started playing. your blog is where I got myself educated and make informed decisions before giving my hard earned cash to shops.
You're doing a GREAT service to newbies like myself. Thank you for that.

subversion.sg said...

That's more than 8 years of readership- I thank you for your support ✌🏽

Infinitejedi said...

Followed your blog for years. As the years roll on by, I've had less time to pour through guitar mags and scour forums for the latest gear updates. Your blog is a good source of info, especially for the Singaporean gearhead. For this reason, I hope you will still continue to include SL in your future posts as they have been and still are (although less so nowadays) an important store to all professional bedroom guitarists in sg. As an example, I've always looked forward to reading your updates on new gear acquisitions after each SL sale.

I don't know what exactly went down btw you and SL, but for the sake of your readers (or at least this one), do reconsider your position as we learn vicariously through your gear and store reviews. Continue to tell it as it is, and we will all be the better for it!

subversion.sg said...

Hi, my friend. Thanks for following. I will continue to update products that are currently inventorized by SL. If you read closely, I did not state it would stop. But what had stopped- mention of SL in my posts.