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  • Anyone find it impossible to sell things?

    No matter what I've been trying to sell lately, I've been getting offered 1/2 of my price. And I price my items to sell, well below what the average is on their used prices.

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    I just sold an SRV strat - less than I wanted, but more than my minimal acceptable price so it worked out.  I listed for 3 weeks on ebay with no luck, and finally a buyer contacted me - turns out he lived a few blocks away.  He came over, tried it out, paid paypal and took the guitar home that day.

    I sold four guitars a year ago to fund my Suhr - I sold two for about what I wanted, and two for quite a bit less than I was hoping.  It's definitely a buyers market out there.  I wasn't playing those guitars anways, so I didn't mind.  If I wanted to actually make money on them I doubt I would have been able to sell them.

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    • Matt300ZXT
      Matt300ZXT commented
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      He lived locally, came to your house to try it out, and still wanted to Pay Pal? Did you make him pay the fees? Hell I'd just take cash if I was buying something local.


    • Mike Fiasco
      Mike Fiasco commented
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      I'm doing a gear purge, and I'm having some success in moving guitars and amps.  I'm lucky being in a big craigslist market.  Still, I had an asking price and my secret "selling price" - both of which I thought were sellable.  I did have some lowballers email me right off the bat.  One was a used guitar store in Chicago who offered me about half my asking price. 

       

      I'm selling two guitars on ebay right now.  They both have issues but are playable.  Ebay is better than cl for these kind of deals.  Photograph the dents and dinks and describe them well, then expect a lower selling price.  I priced both with a BIN of my sellable asking price, then started the auction at about 25% less.  If they sell for the 25% discount I'll still live with it.  A reasonable BIN pretty much insures success and the buyer should realize that the seller is not a gouger.

       

      Less than perfect guitars suck on craigslist.  The tirekickers come out and start negotiating discounts dink by dink.  They suck.


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    And here I am thinking about opening up a guitar store.

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      You'll find it really hard to sell a $1700 amp unless it is a Vox, Fender, or Marshall. Especially in this economy. And if it's a large amp it'll be hard to sell anything. This is why Fender Twin Reverbs take a beating in resale.
      Electrics: Fender '73 Mustang RI, Epiphone Inspired by John Lennon Casino, Gibson 60s Tribute Les Paul Studio, Daisy Rock Retro-H Deluxe, Squier Hello Kitty Strat x2<br>Acoustics: Taylor 316CE-LTD, Seagull Entourage Rustic CW QIT<br>Basses: Squier Badtz Maru Bronco Bass, Aria CSB-300, Fender Mustang Bass RI<br>Amps: Vox TB18C1, Vox Pathfinder 210, Peavey Transtube Envoy, Ampeg Micro VR Stack<br>My Band: <a href="http://mittensband.com" target="_blank">http://mittensband.com</a>

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      • Lonnie99
        Lonnie99 commented
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        I buy and sell lots of sub $500 guitars so no, I haven't had a hard time selling stuff.

      • Marko
        Marko commented
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        honeyiscool wrote:
        ... And if it's a large amp it'll be hard to sell anything. This is why Fender Twin Reverbs take a beating in resale.

         

        Ouch


    • #5

      I just sold 5 of my guitars last week on eBay. Sold pair of Koa Fenders (Strat & Tele) and made a couple hundy. Even money on my Gibson Les Paul Standard Plus that I thought I bought right a couple years back, even money on a Squire VM 70's Strat, made a hundy on a 50th Anniversary MIM Golden Strat. No problem selling if you are asking realistic prices. All minty too.

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      • Dougy
        Dougy commented
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        I've just sold 5 car parts on ebay in the last 24 hours, I must have mae at least


    • #6
      Even after the hefty fees that eBay charges and shipping, chances are you'll make more profit and sell quicker on eBay if it is a boutique item. Some tips are that you should never, ever use a retail store for shipping. If you need something packaged, just take it to a FedEx store and ask them to package and weigh it for you but then ship it yourself. FedEx Ground is very cheap if you ship online. Retail stores charge so much that you'll probably save money by just buying a digital scale. Make sure it can support the weight. I have a 75 pound scale but I don't have any 310 amps which probably reach that weight limit.

      Also you can use Buy It Now with Best Offer and have a system for auto denying lowballers.
      Electrics: Fender '73 Mustang RI, Epiphone Inspired by John Lennon Casino, Gibson 60s Tribute Les Paul Studio, Daisy Rock Retro-H Deluxe, Squier Hello Kitty Strat x2<br>Acoustics: Taylor 316CE-LTD, Seagull Entourage Rustic CW QIT<br>Basses: Squier Badtz Maru Bronco Bass, Aria CSB-300, Fender Mustang Bass RI<br>Amps: Vox TB18C1, Vox Pathfinder 210, Peavey Transtube Envoy, Ampeg Micro VR Stack<br>My Band: <a href="http://mittensband.com" target="_blank">http://mittensband.com</a>

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      • Dougy
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        honeyiscool wrote:

        Also you can use Buy It Now with Best Offer and have a system for auto denying lowballers.

         

        I do that, I find you're more likely to get a fair price that way. Sometimes you get more than you expected with an auction but that relies on two or more people really wanting something...

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