#1
I was wondering if anyone with any experience selling used guitars could give me some advice.
I've been trying to sell two fairly nice lefthanded guitars (a Tokai Love Rock, and a Yamaha Pacifica 112L) on Craigslist +similar online classifieds websites since April, and have received exactly zero replies. This is, in a word, frustrating.
I was just wondering what kind of a deal I should expect to get for these two guitars, given that they both look about as close to brand new as used guitars ever will, if I sold them to one of the big guitar-store chains, like Long and McQuade, instead of fruitlessly posting the same ad on online classified sites every day.
#2
Well, a store has to make money. If you were to sell it to them they will likely offer you a price that's way below eBay/craigslist value. Maybe if you traded it in on a guitar that they want to sell you might get a somewhat decent price.
Most music shops will admit as much.

But if you're not much a salesman and just want a new guitar, even if you lose an extra few hundred...
#3
Don't do it. Chains will ripp you off big time.

Expect to get less then half of what you are expecting when you sell a guitar/piece of gear to a giant chain like GC or Music Unlimited.

They are f u c k in g w h o r e s.
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#4
maybe try calling asking for a quote, see how low it is before deciding? because if it isn't too low for you, you can sell, and if it is, at least you've checked
#5
I went to a small local shop and asked if I could trade my 6 month old, mint Fernandes, with case, which I paid 850 for, for a guitar that was like 699, and the guy told me the most he would give me is 300-400 because it's not a Fender or Gibson so it doesn't hold its value.


I'd go ebay before selling to a store. But with a couple cheaper guitars like that, it might not be worth your while to do so.

EDIT: and you could always try UG's classifieds forum
Last edited by Tedward at Sep 6, 2009,
#6
Chain stores and mom and pop stores are only going to give you 60% of what they can sell it for. They will give you a little more (maybe 10% more) if you are going to use it as a trade for new equipment. Your always better off selling a guitar privately or on Ebay but be prepared the market is soft. It's a buyers market right now and it can take time to get your price. You have to realize even on Gibsons and Fenders there is a huge mark up. If you pay $1000.00 on a new Fender or Gibson you'll be lucky to sell it 6 months later for 600 to 700 bucks. Big brand name guitar do depreciate but just not as fast as other brands. It take a long time for them to level out on price and start increasing in value to actually be an investment.


John
#7
Your in a tougher situation because Tokai is a less heard of brand, and the fact that it's left handed will make the market for it even smaller. Definitely don't go to a chain - you may have more luck advertising on left handed guitar player's forums and here - a more guitar-knowledgable audience would probably benefit you well.