Where best to sell drums?

JaseJ

Junior Member
Hey guys,

Where is the best place to sell a second hand drum kit online & get the best price for it?
Are there any specialist classified site?
Also, if in good nick, do kits (inc. cymbals, stands, etc) generally fetch better prices sold as separates or as the whole kit?

Many thanks for your answers in advance..
Jase
 

agent8

Member
Usually, your best bet is to sell locally so you can avoid shipping charges. Craigslist is usually where I start, then ebay and then if I am really desperate, guitar center.. If all of your kit is high-end, they usually sell better all together from what I have seen. If you have mismatched parts or low end cymbals with a good set, it's better to piece out. I found out the hard way that guitar center will give you about 60% of what they see your set going for on ebay so only use them as a last resort.
 

tamadrm

Platinum Member
Hey guys,

Where is the best place to sell a second hand drum kit online & get the best price for it?
Are there any specialist classified site?
Also, if in good nick, do kits (inc. cymbals, stands, etc) generally fetch better prices sold as separates or as the whole kit?

Many thanks for your answers in advance..
Jase
The simple answer is....is all depends.I find the higher resale prices on some gear in the US at least are on Ebay.There is usually shipping involved on Ebay which is almost always paid by the buyer,as well it should be.If you sold a kit to a US buyer,and lived in say.the UK,,would you want to bear the brunt of shipping charges?I think not.

Local pick up only sales on Ebat tend also to bring lower resale prices,as does local classified ads such as Craigslist in the US.I know Canada,the UK,Australia and New Zeland have their own Craigslist type of classified internet sales.

What it comes down to is what you're selling.Is it ...I hate this word "rare"?(whis is the most and incorrectly used word on Ebay.Old is NOT rare.Rare is very few of an item were produced,very few ever come up for sale, meaning that it's an item you don't see very often as in maybe once in a few years.

Selling on Ebay gives you a much larger target audience,which increases your potentiol to make more money.That can also result in you losing money if the auction isn't handled correctly.There are also seller fees that have to be paid to paypal,and ebay.You also have much fewer rights as a seller than the buyer does.I'm sure you've rn into more than a few people on the internet who are a sandwich short of a picknic.Plain bonkers.Well on ebey...they win and you lose as a seller.

There is risk no matter that medium you choose.

I personally sell drums and cymbals seperately,but if you were mose specific,I could prehaps give you more accurate advice.As an example....in the case of vintage say Ludwig drums,I would NEVER sell seperate pieces,and always sell the kit intact.Some brands and models of drums bring even more money when sole seperately

It all depends on the item(s) for sale,condition,location,rarity if any,demand for that item,model,brand,specific color or finish,time of year and if at an auction.....bidding wars.

Those are just some things to take into consideration.Post some specific deccriptions and pics.You may even be able to sell it here on DW,or anither drum forum.Cheers

Steve B
 

JaseJ

Junior Member
The simple answer is....is all depends.I find the higher resale prices on some gear in the US at least are on Ebay.There is usually shipping involved on Ebay which is almost always paid by the buyer,as well it should be.If you sold a kit to a US buyer,and lived in say.the UK,,would you want to bear the brunt of shipping charges?I think not.

Local pick up only sales on Ebat tend also to bring lower resale prices,as does local classified ads such as Craigslist in the US.I know Canada,the UK,Australia and New Zeland have their own Craigslist type of classified internet sales.

What it comes down to is what you're selling.Is it ...I hate this word "rare"?(whis is the most and incorrectly used word on Ebay.Old is NOT rare.Rare is very few of an item were produced,very few ever come up for sale, meaning that it's an item you don't see very often as in maybe once in a few years.

Selling on Ebay gives you a much larger target audience,which increases your potentiol to make more money.That can also result in you losing money if the auction isn't handled correctly.There are also seller fees that have to be paid to paypal,and ebay.You also have much fewer rights as a seller than the buyer does.I'm sure you've rn into more than a few people on the internet who are a sandwich short of a picknic.Plain bonkers.Well on ebey...they win and you lose as a seller.

There is risk no matter that medium you choose.

I personally sell drums and cymbals seperately,but if you were mose specific,I could prehaps give you more accurate advice.As an example....in the case of vintage say Ludwig drums,I would NEVER sell seperate pieces,and always sell the kit intact.Some brands and models of drums bring even more money when sole seperately

It all depends on the item(s) for sale,condition,location,rarity if any,demand for that item,model,brand,specific color or finish,time of year and if at an auction.....bidding wars.

Those are just some things to take into consideration.Post some specific deccriptions and pics.You may even be able to sell it here on DW,or anither drum forum.Cheers

Steve B


Hey Steve,

Thanks a lot for ur advise.

I am still routing for the pics of the kit.
It is a Premier Astria with Natural Sunburst staining from about 15 years ago (think it is maple). Very good nick, barely ever moved & has been individually boxed & in storage for the last 5 years (3 toms, ride, crash & hats)

What kind of things are you referring to with regards to "not handling an auction correctly."


All the best,
J
 

tamadrm

Platinum Member
There are all kinds of things such as the reserve.Setting it too low or too high or even not at all.Setting a first bid too low or too high,or at say 99 cents(US) to entice bidders into a bidding war.The offer of free shipping or setting a shipping amount thats too high,or not offering shipping at all.

It all depends on your location,the item you're selling,and the current market value of that item,which will vary.Your best bet here is to go on ebay,and search COMPLETED auctions to get an idea of what your kit is worth on the current free market.Premier drums are more popular in the UK and Europe than in the US.You could offer pick up only with no shipping,but you may settle for a smaller amount.Or you could offer shipping based on location of the buyer,which the buyer pays for,and even a small administative cost for your time,and materials in shipping the kit.

It's all up to you.Do your research on current value and facts about the kit.You should be certain about what you're selling.Also take lots of clear pics with a digital camera,and not your mobile phone...borrow one if you have to.Good luch...cheers.:)

Steve B
 

Seasonedpro

Member
Craigslist and eBay. I've sold probably 20 kits. Sometimes you can get more on CL and other times more on eBay

Good luck
 

soulfly28

Senior Member
Hey Steve,

Thanks a lot for ur advise.

I am still routing for the pics of the kit.
It is a Premier Astria with Natural Sunburst staining from about 15 years ago (think it is maple). Very good nick, barely ever moved & has been individually boxed & in storage for the last 5 years (3 toms, ride, crash & hats)

What kind of things are you referring to with regards to "not handling an auction correctly."


All the best,
J
Where you at and how much?
 

<(' . '<)

Senior Member
Craigslist, then ebay, then Guitar Center (I always say to them I want 50%-60% of the price they'd sell it for) as a last resort. If you don't have Guitar Center's take it to a local shop and see what they say. Local is best, prices on ebay usually are lower..until you count in the shipping.
 
Craigslist, then ebay, then Guitar Center (I always say to them I want 50%-60% of the price they'd sell it for) as a last resort. If you don't have Guitar Center's take it to a local shop and see what they say. Local is best, prices on ebay usually are lower..until you count in the shipping.
guitar center will screw you in the arse
 

soulfly28

Senior Member
I had good luck at GC with a cymbal once. The sales guy told me that GC would only give me $20 for it. It was one that came with the kit I have, back in the 70's. He fell in love with it. Walked outside with me and gave me 75 bucks for it. Just got lucky and found the right person.
 

JaseJ

Junior Member
I had good luck at GC with a cymbal once. The sales guy told me that GC would only give me $20 for it. It was one that came with the kit I have, back in the 70's. He fell in love with it. Walked outside with me and gave me 75 bucks for it. Just got lucky and found the right person.
Nice! Maybe I can check out some of the UK retailers for the same...
 

JaseJ

Junior Member
There are all kinds of things such as the reserve.Setting it too low or too high or even not at all.Setting a first bid too low or too high,or at say 99 cents(US) to entice bidders into a bidding war.The offer of free shipping or setting a shipping amount thats too high,or not offering shipping at all.

It all depends on your location,the item you're selling,and the current market value of that item,which will vary.Your best bet here is to go on ebay,and search COMPLETED auctions to get an idea of what your kit is worth on the current free market.Premier drums are more popular in the UK and Europe than in the US.You could offer pick up only with no shipping,but you may settle for a smaller amount.Or you could offer shipping based on location of the buyer,which the buyer pays for,and even a small administative cost for your time,and materials in shipping the kit.

It's all up to you.Do your research on current value and facts about the kit.You should be certain about what you're selling.Also take lots of clear pics with a digital camera,and not your mobile phone...borrow one if you have to.Good luch...cheers.:)

Steve B

Thanks a lot Steve! Will give this all consideration..
 
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