There are a lot of people out there who consider themselves deal-seekers and voracious customers: these are the people who love talking to customer service representatives, haggling with individual retailers, and shopping around for the best price. If you’ve never been that kind of proactive consumer but still enjoy a good discount on a musical instrument, it’s time to brush up on some great buying strategies. Buy musical instruments for less and you’ll wonder why you ever paid full price.
But where does one start, especially if you’ve never bought a musical instrument before? Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered. Here are just a few tips for getting the musical instruments you want at the price you determine.
Tip #1: eBay is your friend.
There’s truly no site on the Internet like eBay, the world’s largest marketplace for what you’re about to do. Whether you want to buy musical instruments or find a nice used Aston Martin to drive around town, eBay’s got just about everything. This is a great place to start even if you don’t plan on buying anything here – you’ll find out about how low prices can get for the used musical instruments you’re seeking. (And, yes, you should consider buying used instruments; as long as you know what you’re doing, you can ensure they’ll be high-quality). Better yet, we’ve brought all the best deals on eBay, about to end, right to this very site. Have a browse around.
Tip #2: Reputation is your reference.
One reason we encourage you to use eBay is that it really helps you to prevent fraud – all you have to do is peruse each individual seller’s profile and you’ll see what kind of customer feedback they’ve been getting. In other words, to succeed as a seller on eBay, you’ve got to provide products that are actually close to what people think they’re buying – otherwise you’ll just get hammered in the user ratings section. If you’re a new buyer, don’t work with anyone who doesn’t have an overwhelmingly positive user feedback rating. And make sure you avoid new sellers without any rating at all.
Tip #3: Haggle.
Other sites like Craigslist (caveat emptor!) will allow you to haggle with sellers in order to bring the price down – you might even consider trades and barters in order to secure the musical instrument you’re looking for. If you’ve never been much of a haggler, just remember this simple principle: the negotiator who is more willing to say “no” generally wins the day. If you’re willing to walk away because you don’t get a price you like, then you’ll be in the position to haggle effectively. Buy musical instruments with a keen eye on protecting your wallet in the process.