#1
I've been trying to sell my guitar for a while now to raise some cash for a new amp (blackstar ht20, with 2x12 cab) but i have had no luck. I've checked the prices online for the guitar and set my price accordingly. The guitar is an Epiphone Les Paul Plus Top in cherry burst, great condition and im selling it at £100 less than the cheapest second hand price i could find.
Can anyone give me any advice on how to sell the guitar?
Thanks

p.s ive tried gumtree, facebook and ug gear ads
#2
If there's a problem with it let them know, post pictures. Make sure you're offering to meet any potential buyers who want to try it out.

Offer it at just under the cheapest second hand price (Like 20 less) which leaves the buyer open to haggling a bit. (plus you might make some more money than you intended if the buyer caves in early.)

Try to put things like "Quick sale" or "Must go" to make buyers think you're desperate to get rid of it because you really want to buy your new amp. Obviously if they try to go way cheaper than you expected you can still tell them that you need a quick sale but you need the money.

Good luck, hopefully someone else can post more useful advice
#3
Take High Res pics that flatter your guitar and put it on ebay.
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#4
Good photos!!!... with no background clutter. Make your guitar look classy. Photos on a wooden or tile floor are good...not on a bed, etc.

If you have the original invoice, mention it. Gibsons and Epiphones have become dogs to sell with so many fakes. Unless someone plays their Gibson or Epi, get rid of it soon....prices for them are dropping. There are way more fakes on the market than legit guitars

note: prices guitars are selling for are meaningless. What did they 'actually' sell for? I buy lots of second hand guitars....I rarely pay more than $300 for a guitar whether it was originally listed at $900 or $600. The exception is 'Fenders' (they hold more value).
#5
i think £100 under the cheapest second hand price is fairly reasonable!, the pics i have taken are high res and look frankly pornographic, and theres nothing wrong with it
#6
Quote by Raptorfingers
Good photos!!!... with no background clutter. Make your guitar look classy. Photos on a wooden or tile floor are good...not on a bed, etc.

If you have the original invoice, mention it. Gibsons and Epiphones have become dogs to sell with so many fakes. Unless someone plays their Gibson or Epi, get rid of it soon....prices for them are dropping. There are way more fakes on the market than legit guitars

note: prices guitars are selling for are meaningless. What did they 'actually' sell for? I buy lots of second hand guitars....I rarely pay more than $300 for a guitar whether it was originally listed at $900 or $600. The exception is 'Fenders' (they hold more value).



No, keep your gibsons. This is wrong. The reason fenders are so valuable are because they are so many copies you can't tell which ones are good, leading you to have to buy a legitimate fender. Once there are enough gibson copies that you won't be able to differentiate the good copies from the bad ones easily, everyone is only going to want a legitimate Gibson.
#7
I've bought and sold all kinds of gear locally through a Craig's List type of service and on Ebay. I've found that used gear goes for about 65% of prices you'll find on Musiciansfriend.com and the like.

The best way to get a realistic selling price is to go on Ebay, under Advanced Search, and tick "completed listings". That will tell you what people are dishing out for your particular gear.

Be honest on why you are selling your piece of gear. Tell them it's to fund your new XYZ purchase and that you're not using that piece of gear so often beacuse your main amp/axe is ABC and it gets 90% of your attention. This way it doesn't leave the potential buyer wondering why you're selling what is potentially their dream piece of gear.

Show lots of pictures and point out any scratches or defects in the picture. This shows real honesty. Most people don't mind defects if they're going to pay 65% of the new price.
#8
Quote by Creeping_Kwano
i think £100 under the cheapest second hand price is fairly reasonable!, the pics i have taken are high res and look frankly pornographic, and theres nothing wrong with it


You need a buyer....if the next lowest guitar was 200 more....300 more....does that means what? It means there are no buyers in that price range for 'that' guitar.



Re a comment on Ebay prices.

Ebay prices are meaningless unless you are trying to sell on Ebay.

Ebay has a market of 200 million BUYERS a year....your local Craigslist, etc...perhaps a few tens of thousands. The odds of someone local wanting your guitar is miniscule compared to Ebay exposure.

Few local buyers are looking for 'that' guitar as much as 'a' guitar. Few care about upgraded mods, special editions, etc. Most of the technical mumbo jumbo will scare away most buyers...sounds too much like a used care dealer. They want good value from an honest seller.
#9
^This.

Sites like craigslist or even Ebay (using the best offer option) are notorious for their lowballing offers, so you don't want to come off as desperate. You've got a pretty good guitar for sale at what you say is a pretty good price, and I wouldn't budge too much on the price.

Some tips to avoid flat out saying "no, price is firm" to people trying to haggle is to say "Mr X. has already offered (amount your comfortable taking) but won't be by until next week. match it and its yours"
If they're actually interested, they'll probably jump at the opportunity.
"take him to the kennel, sick the dogs on his ass. we'll find out for god damn sure what he knows and what he don't."
#10
Good high res pics. I swear, I don't know why some people bother to put blurry shaky cell phone pics up. I have made a couple of ebay guitar purchases and even from my local Kijiji, but won't even even email for info on crappy or non-existent pictures. I especially hate the 5 or six angles on the body but no close ups and not even a headstock AND no brand mentioned in the ad. I mean wtf... ...sorry, rant-off!

Take a good front-on of the head stock, back of headstock, a good shot of the first half dozen frets & nut, another of the 12th fret area, good body front shot, body back shot, back of neck and a full front on showing the whole guitar.

8 pics. It costs nothing but a few seconds of time to put up some decent shots, and it's worth a lot to potential buyers to really see what they are getting. it gives a sense of full disclosure and begins a level of trust.

All that and a good price, and it's just a matter of time.
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