Selling guitars on Craigslist (2024)

srmillis

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  • Dec 14, 2009
  • #1

A question from a newbie: after listing a guitar (or amp) for sale on Craigslist, where do you meet the potential buyer? I'm hesitant to have them come over to my house for fear of becoming a target for future break-ins, etc.

panoramic

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  • Dec 14, 2009
  • #2

i like to meet at the bar close to my house, I also hate selling stuff on craigslist, they are primarily lowballing vultures.

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phantasm

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  • Dec 14, 2009
  • #3

A central point for both people. Some place public, maybe at a McDonalds or a coffee shop.
I've had people come to my place, but only because i have nothing to steal.

chucke99

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  • Dec 14, 2009
  • #4

If I'm buying a guitar, I want to test it, which means I need power and an amp. You can't do that in a parking lot at Walmart. I want to go to the person's house. So I assume my buyers want the same.

hammersig

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  • Dec 14, 2009
  • #5

I've had good luck with meeting at a local music store, such as a mom & pop place, or GC and Sam Ash. They never seem to mind. That being said, I agree most craigslist buyers are lowballers, which I understand, since that's usually what I'm looking for when I'm on there to buy. I try to make sure the deal is pretty much made before I meet someone, as it eliminates a little inconvenience on both parties.

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EXPcustom

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  • Dec 14, 2009
  • #6

I will go out of my way to meet them but will never allow them in my home. I had been around the block too many times to just allow someone off the street in my home. I dont know where this person has been and its hard to judge people by just talking to them over the phone, for all I know they may seem like a great person but have drug-resistant TB.

pickaguitar

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  • Dec 14, 2009
  • #7

I've sold quite a bit on Craigslist...90% of the transactions probably took place at my house.
Just sold a bassman last week...had the guy come over, play it and pay for it. No issues whatsoever

JVIoneyman

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  • Dec 14, 2009
  • #8

I sold my PRS CU22 artist on craigs list. The guy came to my house, played it and left. I got way more money than I would have on ebay also.

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Luke

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  • Dec 14, 2009
  • #9

My office. Bring cash.

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Hardtail

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  • Dec 14, 2009
  • #10

I'm always uneasy about letting people into my house (I make sure to have the guitar or amp in the front room with my good stuff out of sight). What somebody said about the guitar store thing makes alot of sense to me - I may try that.

VanR

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  • Dec 14, 2009
  • #11

I like to meet at GC. Then the buyer can plug the guitar into any amp he chooses and play as long as he likes to check it out. I've only let one person come to my home and I knew him so I felt comfortable letting him come to my house.

Funkwire

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  • Dec 14, 2009
  • #12

I've only sold one guitar on Craigslist. I asked the owners of a local store if I could do the sale there. They agreed--I'm a steady customer, and they know me well. It doesn't hurt that they're good guys as well!

As it turned out, I talked to the buyer on the phone for 45 minutes. I didn't get any red flags from him, so I just had him come to my house. He tried the guitar through my set up, loved it, and paid my asking price in cash without any discussion.

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suhrbrutal

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  • Dec 14, 2009
  • #13

Guitar Center. Never, ever, my house. You never know who they are.

whitehall

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  • Dec 14, 2009
  • #14

I usually make it a mall parking lot. And I always bring the 9 and an extra clip. Ya never know these days.

kludge

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  • Dec 14, 2009
  • #15

I like to get a good email back-and-forth going before inviting anyone over, but once I'm comfortable I don't mind having them come by. I love selling via Craigslist!

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hippiebob

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  • Dec 14, 2009
  • #16

I always go to my local music store. I make a point to stop by at least once a week to talk and pick up a pack or two of strings and some picks.

I would never let anyone into my house that I didn't know. That's just asking to get robbed.

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xtrip

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  • Dec 14, 2009
  • #17

I have done some transaction on craig and have people over. It's worked well so far but perhaps I should keep some element of precaution in future..

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weezy

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  • Dec 14, 2009
  • #18

I have done dozens of craigslist deals, every one of them from my house. I generally get a vibe from the buyer after a few phone calls or emails. If you talk gear and the other person knows their stuff, then I invite them over and 100% of the time it's been cool. I even made a few new friends out of it. Then again, I live in Canada where people generally don't own guns.

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Hardtail

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  • Jan 25, 2010
  • #19

... curious if any other advice or tips that hasn't been mentioned - I have to dump 4 amps & 1 Carvin guitar on Craigslist to raise $$ for a better amp - probably this week.

Thanks !

Mr. Crow

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  • Jan 25, 2010
  • #20

I've been okay with people coming to my house until recently. I just started getting a little antsy about it.

Sure enough, I'm selling an American Standard Strat on CL this past week, a guy wants to check it out but I decide I'm going to go with the 'meeting up' approach. I suggest a convenience store right next to my local police station. Very safe for BOTH of us. I have a small headphone amp he can check out the pick-ups and volume/tone knobs.

The guy freaks out. Says he won't do that, wants to go to a music store 30 min. away to which I refuse, and then accuses me of trying to rip him off with a Mexican Strat neck on a AS body, makes several vague threats of physical intimidation, and sends a couple of weird, creepy e-mails.

The whole episode has left me a bit shaken. No more home sales of CL for me. I have a few amps for sale though, which leaves me a bit in the learch.

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