For Parents Only
Information for parents/guardians about their child's music education
5 Things to Consider When Buying a Used Instrument Online
by: Alissa Gittens
If you are on a budget, can’t afford a new instrument, and/or are opting to purchase an instrument online from a third party vendor, I advise you to consider the following:
1. You may find an instrument on sale for $80 from a parent whose child only played the instrument for a year before quitting. Think you found a great deal? Well, think again. The story line may just be a marketing ploy.
2. The instrument may look shiny and new in the advertising, but may need some repairs and adjustments that you wouldn’t know about until you tried to play the instrument.
3. If the instrument is a lesser known brand, some instrument repair shops may not even repair the instrument because they may not have the cheaper material it’s made from in their stock.
4. If the used instrument is a from a popular brand, any needed repairs may exceed the value cost of the instrument.
5. If you opt to purchase the instrument online from an e-commerce site, find out if you can try the instrument for a few days and return it if it arrives with any defects. If returns are not allowed, then don’t purchase the instrument.
I hope you find this info to be helpful. Good luck on your purchase!