Guide to Buying Drum Equipment
As drummers, we have it tough. Out of all the members of the band, who spends the most money on equipment? The guitarist buys a guitar for maybe $1,000 and a pack of strings every now and then for 10 bucks. After this, theyíre pretty much set as long as they donít smash their guitars into expensive amps every gig (stupid). On the other hand, we as drummers must look into high quality drum sets costing $2,000 or more, and thatís just for the shell pack alone. With that, we purchase hardware, thrones, and cymbals, which go for hundreds of dollars apiece. Not only that, but we have to replace heads and drumsticks constantly as we smash into our kits night after night. With all of these large expenses, itís even more important for us to be able to get the best deals for our drumming gear. Of course, being the kings of our respective bands is absolutely priceless, but we might as well lower the price tag associated with this role. Below are some tips to consider when buying drum gear online or in a store. Theyíll really help you to shop smart and get the most for your money.
1. When shopping online, always look around for the best prices.
The Internet has made this process so much easier as all you need to do is click a couple of times. Donít be lazy, the extra savings will be worth it.
2. Before buying, always research the company you are working with.
You can do this at sites like shopping.com or other sites with customer reviews. Just because you find the lowest price does not mean you should automatically do business with this company. You must also take into consideration important factors like customer service and shipping time. For example, you might buy a drum set from a company because they offer the best price, but they may be slow in shipping out your order or your set may be damaged in the process. Make sure you are working with a reputable company.
3. Watch out for hidden costs like shipping and tax.
When buying online, these costs may add up and the cost you actually pay may not be as good as you first assumed. Be extra cautious of this when bidding on eBay auctions for drum gear.
4. Always buy shipping insurance and get delivery confirmation on big orders.
Itís better to be safe than sorry in case of your order getting lost or damaged in transit.
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Buying in Stores
1. The main advantage of a brick and mortar store over an online shop is that you can bargain the price down.
Almost all music shops will come down on price or add in some freebies so be prepared to haggle at least a little.
2. Look for some reasons to bring down the price such as insignificant marks on the product, the item being an older model, or anything else you can think of.
It doesnít have to be anything major, just something that will spur on the salesperson to give you a cheaper deal.
3. Try it before you buy it.
A lot of times the same cymbals will sound different even if itís of the same brand and model. Drums may sound different than you had imagined it. Make sure that you look at the exact product that you are going to buy. Try it out and be sure that itís what you want.
4. Always shop around for the best price.
This is the same principle as the online shopping version. If you find a better price, let the other parties know and see if they are willing to match the offer. Bring up some of the internet deals that youíve found as well.
5. Become friends with the salesperson.
Address him or her by name and engage in some small talk. Never argue. Simply put things the way they are and listen to what the salesperson has to say.
6. Be confident and don't waver.
The salesperson will attack you and try to get you to buy something if you seem like you are not sure of yourself or what you want. Establish your confidence early on and demand a few things from the salesperson. Remember that their salary depends on you so they may not always be out for your best interests.
7. Flirt with the salesperson a little or give them some compliments.
This will make them like you and they may give you some special attention. This will lead to added discounts or special offers that otherwise may not have been available to you. This tactic may not make you comfortable at first but it does in fact work.
8. If you are younger, bring an adult with you to help you with some of the money matters.
It will also prevent the salespeople from taking advantage of you. Also, it doesnít hurt to be informed about these money matters before you go into the shop.
9. Also, if you are an inexperienced or beginning drummer, bring someone who knows their drum gear with you.
This will prevent salespeople from selling you bogus things that you do not need and ensure that you get the best value for your money.
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