By Jeffrey Zagaria
Are you looking to sell a guitar or cello that is not being played? Looking for a used piano? Want to get a nice used P.A. system or microphone?
People often ask me what an instrument is worth. Price is subjective for any used instrument. However, I would recommend looking on websites such as Ebay for comparable instruments and equipment and finding current asking prices. Craigslist is also a great reference point on product availability and what others are asking.
A search for used instruments/music equipment for sale on the internet with the exact same model and year of the instrument in the search is valuable. A search can bring up some instruments for sale that are the same model and close to the same year if not exact. You will then begin to have a good basis for a fair price.
There are some guitar shops that will sell on consignment as well… they usually ask for some percentage of the selling price. One looking for used instruments/equipment can see and play with them before making a decision. This can be an advantage for both the buyer and seller.
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It’s always a risk buying something used directly over the internet. I prefer consignment shops and used gear in local stores. In the perfect situation and with a little prayer I believe that it is possible to have success with used online purchases. However, there is nothing like trying the item out for oneself before purchase.
Some people elect to pay a person with knowledge to take a look at the instrument/equipment. This is certainly an even safer method. Sometimes it’s better to pay a little extra to make sure we are getting a fair deal.
Shopping for used gear has been a really fun passion and hobby of mine since I was a young teen. It’s still like a treasure hunt for me to go into a local store or find something nice online and dream. Sometimes the dream gear ends up in my studio, but most of the time it remains just a dream.
A good friend emailed me about fair asking prices of some used guitars recently and my response to her inquiry inspired this article.