Buying, selling and trading can be an inexpensive way to get the guitar and gear that you are looking for, as long as you realize from the start that it is not always the most direct way to do it. The simplest way to buy a guitar is to go to a retail store – expensive but simple. To save some money you can do your research, which we will discuss more later, and buy what you are looking for at used prices. You get the guitar you were looking for and you save some money. However, if you really want to learn about different guitars and have the chance to get you dream guitar(s) for even less, maybe even for free, be prepared to take multiple trades to get to where you want to be.
Ebay is Generally NOT a good place for Extreme Deals
This type of buying and trading requires a little more work than just doing a search for the guitar, pedal or amp that you want. You need to be able to look at your buying resources and find the gear that is underpriced, more sellable than what you have to trade, or willing to be bought for much less than is being asked. eBay is generally NOT a good place to find these extreme deals. Although they do happen, the competition is fierce, you have to factor in shipping costs, and you do not have the opportunity to see the gear in person before committing to it. The best places to spend your time and energy is Craigslist, FaceBook, Yakaz and Kijiji (in Canada) or other classified sites like these that are specific to your local area.
In addition to these sites as your primary hunting ground for deals, you should also expect make regular visits to online retail sites such as LAMusic (Canada) or GuitarCenter ( US) – to find current retail prices for comparison, eBay – to find current asking prices as well as a 90 day history of what has sold and not sold, Reverb – more current listings and Google – to find listings in non- local areas for further comparison.
written by Michael Zelle