Is "demo" racquet any different from retail?

Tennis Man

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I'm sorry if it was discussed before but how does a "demo" racquet differs from retail version?

I have seen a few classic frames with "DEMO" stenciled/painted on them. Are they pre-production racquets? What would be the rationale to release a "DEMO" racquet?
 

OHBH

Semi-Pro
DEMO simply means it wasn't intended for sale.

If DEMO racket somehow differed from a retail racket it would completely defeat the purpose of being a DEMO.
 

Tennis Man

Hall of Fame
DEMO simply means it wasn't intended for sale.

If DEMO racket somehow differed from a retail racket it would completely defeat the purpose of being a DEMO.
Yes, this is obvious. Thanks.

So is DEMO batch is before the retail? Any reason? Would the manufacturers change the specs or anything based on feedback?

If not the above, why bother making them DEMO? Most of retailers use regular racquets intheir demo programs.
 

TennezSport

Hall of Fame
The same...........

Yes, this is obvious. Thanks.
So is DEMO batch is before the retail? Any reason? Would the manufacturers change the specs or anything based on feedback?
If not the above, why bother making them DEMO? Most of retailers use regular racquets intheir demo programs.
Demo racquets are regular racquets with a demo sticker or stencil on it and sold at an additional discount; not to be sold. This is so customers can demo the racquet and get an idea of how it feels to play; thats it.

Cheers TennezSport :cool:
 

NLBwell

Legend
The paint job may be different than the final retail version. I bought a 20th Anniversary Prince Graphite (POG) Demo that Prince sent them from a local tennis store and the paint job is a combination of the standard POG at the time and the final 20th Anniv. paint job.
In one of the videos, TW talks about having an all-white DEMO racket.
There's a thread about the Graphene Speed where someone demoed one with a more plain paint job.
 

TennezSport

Hall of Fame
Prototypes.........

The paint job may be different than the final retail version. I bought a 20th Anniversary Prince Graphite (POG) Demo that Prince sent them from a local tennis store and the paint job is a combination of the standard POG at the time and the final 20th Anniv. paint job.
In one of the videos, TW talks about having an all-white DEMO racket.
There's a thread about the Graphene Speed where someone demoed one with a more plain paint job.
Those are usually prototype racquets and not necessarily demo racquets. I have several Graphene racquets here that are blacked out as prototypes given to stores as a promo before the actual paint plan was finalized. However, some stores will use them as demo racquets.

Cheers, TennezSport :cool:
 

Tennis Man

Hall of Fame
No one seems to know the answer to the question: "Why do we need a demo in the first place?". If they made them, they can sell them as designed. You can demo them all you want in a retail version.

We don't have "demo" cars, "demo" electronics, "demo" anything else. Why racquets?
 

MikeHitsHard93

Hall of Fame
^we "test drive" cars, don't we? Also, at any retailer they have displayed electronics that you can use before you buy them...
 

LeeD

Bionic Poster
Tennexsport works at a shop, listen to him.
And any shop can pick a retail racket for demo, if they want.
I strung over 1,000 rackets for FTC in SanFrancisco, and know Tsport knows.
Often, reps can give retailers "demo" rackets, and manufacturerers allot a certain number and model of "demos" with the preseason orders done the previous year.
 

Tennis Man

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Often, reps can give retailers "demo" rackets, and manufacturerers allot a certain number and model of "demos" with the preseason orders done the previous year.
This makes sense now. I guess demos are given to reps as a sales & marketing tool. They give them to pros to test in order to get business. That's why they are marked demo and "not for sale". The case dismissed. :0
 

prjacobs

Hall of Fame
Demo frames are retail frames. However, you can find that the frame you buy is different from your demo because of industry variance in specs. I once had a bad surprise when my purchased frame felt very different from the demo version. I solved that problem over 20 years ago when I demoed a frame from R.P.N.Y (then known as Jay Schwied) in NYC and had them made up two identical frames from their stock. Luckily the frame I liked was heavy, 12.9 ounces. And... Flex can vary even with the model same stick. I used those two frames for 12 years so the extra $50 or so that I spent was well worth it.
 
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PBODY99

Legend
When Wilson launched the Skunk 95 in the 1990's, Herman's World of Sporting Goods was a major account and got demo's that were different than the local pro shops received on this frame. It was lighter and had a lower swing weight than any other of the over 50 frames I had shipped in to try to match it for the player who purchased the DEMO.
Perhaps it is an example of Wilson QC.
 

dak95_00

Hall of Fame
Demos are like samples given away or sold to suppliers/retailers at a large discount so they can get their products in the hands of consumers. They are the same. It's just like when you receive toothpaste from the dentist and it is smaller and the package reads "not for individual sale."

Just but a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser and wipe off the demo graphic. Problem solved! You now have a product intended for individual sale! Or use a fingernail if that is doing too much.

My guess is that some of TWs say Demo and others do not. I know that the last time I saw Demo sticks it was at *****. The *********'s didn't have Demo. My guess is the manufacturer dictates whether they want to stamp/engrave/paint DEMO or not. Prince does or did in the past.

I'd suggest they are neither rare or valuable and they are definitely NOT prototypes.
 

dak95_00

Hall of Fame
No one seems to know the answer to the question: "Why do we need a demo in the first place?". If they made them, they can sell them as designed. You can demo them all you want in a retail version.

We don't have "demo" cars, "demo" electronics, "demo" anything else. Why racquets?
There are DEMO shoes! I bought them for my daughter to use for soccer once. There was a right shoe and a left shoe of the same size and color scheme by the same manufacturer; Adidas. One shoe was the F30 model and the other was the F10 (I'm guessing on the numbers) but she liked them and I got them new at a considerable discount. I might still have them. The label clearly said they were not intended for individual sale inside where the shoe tag was. If I find them, I'll take pics and upload. If not, you'll just have to live vicariously through my story.
 

dak95_00

Hall of Fame
Oooh! Found them! I gotta go to work and will post pics tonight. I was correct on the model numbers. The label actually says "sample" on each shoe.
 
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