Sell an instrument
Given Up? Upgrading?
If you are no longer using an instrument, don't leave it to gather dust in a cupboard. Our Consignment Scheme can help you release the money which is tied up in your instruments.
What makes our Consignment Scheme so good?
- Competitive commission rates, starting at just 15% including VAT*.
- Quick turnaround on the most popular instruments...
- ...and you can name a reserve price for an even quicker sale.
- You are in full control of the price, unlike auction sites where the final selling price is anyone's guess.
- No hassle. We do the advertising, selling, payment processing and deal with any problems which may arise.
- More payment options for your buying customers: we accept credit cards, bank transfers, gift vouchers as well as cash.
- Large established customer base - Our website is one of the busiest musical instrument sites in the UK, with many hundreds of customers looking for good quality pre-owned instruments. Our Pre-Owned Alerts send instruments directly to the email inboxes of customers who we know are actively seeking to buy.
- Better advertisement. Our website offers professional-quality photographs, descriptions and the option to buy online, and is viewed by tens of thousands of people each month.
- Commitment-free. If you change your mind, or find a private buyer in the time that your instrument is with us, you can pick it up.
Our Scheme vs eBay: Which is best for your needs?
Typically, instruments that sell through us achieve a selling price of between 20% and 30% higher than listings on eBay**. This is because our buyers trust that we will supply them with a high-quality instrument that will work from day one and not arrive needing expensive repair work.
eBay's commission rate is complex: 10% plus listing fees, while PayPal take an additional 3.4% plus 20p.
Our commission rates are all inclusive, starting at 15%*. You may come to the sensible conclusion that it's worth paying the extra 1.6% commission, in return for a 20% higher selling price!
Selling privately is a lot of work: listings, photographs, secure shipping, fraudulent payments, customer returns, quibbles. Using our Consignment Scheme, we deal with all aspects of the sale for you.
How to sell through us
- Please read full terms
- We will generally sell any pre-owned woodwind instrument which we sell new; if we don't list your instrument in our new instrument section, please contact us first to find out whether we can sell your instrument.
- Send your instrument to us.
- Once we've received your instrument, we'll get in touch, and suggest a suggested selling price. We will also give you details and prices of any repair work or pre-sale checks which we believe are necessary (see Instrument Set-Up), as well as a firm commission rate offer.
- When you've decided on a selling price, our repair studio will invoice you for the agreed set-up work.
- We list your instrument for sale, advertising it on our website and in our showroom.
- When one of our customers buys your instrument, we pay you the selling price minus our commission fee.
We suggest Royal Mail Special Delivery, which is available from the Post Office, although there are plenty of other couriers out there. Make sure your instrument is well packed and adequately insured in transit (as most instrument insurance policies don't cover an instrument in transit). Remember to include as many contact details as possible! Instruments for sale should be addressed to:
Pre-owned Instrument Sales
46 South End
We require that all pre-owned instruments we sell are in good playing order. This is for three main reasons:
- To protect the customer who buys your instrument
- To ensure a quicker sale of your instrument
- To maximise return on your instrument
Second hand instruments which have been set to good playing order always sell sooner - and at a far higher price - than those which haven't. Because of this, we may need to do some set-up work on your instrument to ensure that it is at the high standard that our customers expect. Please note that any repair costs must be paid in full before the instrument will be offered for sale.
Terms We will advertise the instrument at the agreed price, although you have the option to set a "reserve price", which is not advertised. By agreeing a "reserve price", you will not be contacted by us to confirm your acceptance if an offer is made which meets this price. Proceeds of the sale will be sent to you by cheque at the end of the month following the month of sale. For example: If we sell your instrument on 3rd January, the proceeds of the sale will be sent at the end of February. Our commission is taken as a percentage of the price for which the instrument was sold. Whilst we try our utmost to sell pre-owned instruments as early as we can, there is no guarantee as to how long it will take to sell your instrument. We recommend that your instrument is insured under your own policy whilst on our premises, until it is sold. Any repair costs (for which our repair studio will invoice you directly) must be paid in full before the instrument will be offered for sale. There is an admin fee of £20.00 inc VAT per instrument if you collect your instrument, which covers our time spent photographing and uploading your instrument to our web site. This fee will be waived if we have had the instrument for 4 months or longer.