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    best options for selling?

    Hi all -

    Any suggestions on other options for selling a PRS? I'm having no luck with Craigslist, and I've posted to eBay with trepidation. Have had to part ways with something like this that you hate to do?

    Thanks,
    Jon
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    Anyone know what JStarr used to sell his guitar? His went pretty quick.

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    The gear market is still pretty soft. It still hasn't completely recovered from the crash. Of course, pre-crash pricing was RIDICULOUSLY inflated. The gear market was flooded with speculators looking for sound investments (pun intended) and prices were WAY inflated. Who knows if they'll EVER reach pre-'07 prices.

    So, there are a few ways that work well for selling gear/guitars.
    First try local methods like CL and kijiji and even your local FB Buy and Sell page/group. Don't overlook the good old classifieds in mags, periodicals and newspapers/"trader" rags etc.

    Next, try online forum classifieds/buy and sell forums. You know...ones like TheGearPage, the PRSForums (the non-official one), VR and any other guitar/gear online forum pages you can find.

    And THEN... if all else fails, eBay. eBay is great a lot of times. You wont find a larger target audience. The trouble with eBay...or troubleS are many. Their fees can amount to about 10%. Then you get nailed with a further 3% "tax" if you accept paypal as payment. Which is kinda dumb. Any other money "sending" option charges the sender/buyer and not the seller. And when eBay and paypal always side with the buyer no matter WHAT these days...and since paypal and eBay also act as good "insurance" for buyers...well some people like me figure the buyer should probably pay the fees and for those services that HE/SHE receives.
    So...eBay opens you up to a lot more potential buyers, it is expensive and again, will ALWAYS and INSTANTLY side with the buyer if ANY issues arise. Even if it's just buyer's remorse.

    But there are tricks to using eBay that will help to ensure you get top dollar and will not have to deal with too many newbies who don't really know that theyre doing which can lead to (unwarranted) negative feedback or forfeiture of your funds from your paypal account. They will just go in and seize the funds from your pp account even BEFORE hearing the complaint or your rely to the complaint.
    Some tips to ensure you get top dollar on eBay are...
    -Make sure your listing ends on Sunday evening. Monday evening is the second busiest time on eBay.
    -List items with a LOW start price and NO reserve. These help bidders think/hope they will et your item CHEAP. It encourages bids and bidding wars. A reserve or high start will usually make buyers think...yeah this will NOT go for CHEAP. The reserve is probably very high. No point on even bidding :-(
    -Take AWESOME photos. VERY IMPORTANT. Make the guitar SHINE. Put it on a stand in front of a black backdrop (or dark colored blanket) with a single lightsource above, behind and to the left of the guitar. Some great pics can ensure you get top dollar, lots of bids...or at LEAST, will ensure that YOUR guitar sells FASTER than the same guitar with lousy pics.

    You want as many bids as early as possible. These days with auto sniping software though (hey I use it too...you're silly if you don't), a lot of action only happens literally SECONDS before the item's end time. That makes it almost impossible for bidders to "battle it out". So REMEMBER...it is YOUR listing and you can END it an ANY time for WHATEVER reason.
    DO list with a VERY low start price (like $100) and have NO reserve...but if youre getting nervous close to end time because there is NOT a lot of bidding action, END THE LISTING! Or...bite the bullet and hope it's gonna get bid way up in the last moments.

    So in a nutshell...start by trying for a local sale. Theyre always easier and cheaper and faster. If that doesn't work, step it up to your local classifieds like newspapers, "trader" rags, local CL and kijiji etc. If you STILL aren't getting any bites...THEN take it to eBay. Just remember.... LOW startprice, NO reserve, .have the listing end on Sunday evening, and take GREAT pics.

    If NOTHING is working...well you might be asking too much.
    Again..the market is still very SOFT. Stuff isn't moving all that fast and when it does move, prices are a little on the low side for sellers.
    PRS guitars are hard these days partly because, that $3K new PRS you bought last year is probably on at GC or MF or Sweetwater at SLASHED prices. Lately there have been a LOT of crazy PRS sales where $4500 PRSs are being blown out at like $2K. So if you are trying to sell your used $4500 PRS for $2500 or $3K....there MIGHT be that SAME model and color, selling NEW at one of the big shops for SHOCKINGLY low CLEARANCE prices.

    These days I cant even AFFORD to sell a lot of my guitars. :-(

    Good luck and I sure hope at least SOME of this rant was helpful.

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    Check out Reverb.com. Good community and much cheaper than eBay.

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    Reverb.com. Lower fees than eBay. They seemed to grow a lot this past year. Always had good luck there, buying and selling.
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    Right!!
    Forgot about Reverb.
    Add them to the list right before eBay probably.
    :-)

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    Thanks everyone! Great advice on the selling. I hadn't heard of Reverb, but a quick look seems promising.
    Jon
    2013 Custom 24, Jade

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