How does it work?
The Sweetwater Trading Post is a great place for anyone to sell and find used audio gear. It's a lot like Craigslist or eBay, only it's exclusively for gear and it's 100% free — there are absolutely no charges or fees involved. To find gear, you can either use the search tool above or browse through the categories to the left. If you'd like to place an ad, just click the orange tab on the top right of the page. Buying or selling, you'll be interacting directly with other musicians and audio enthusiasts, so we've included some tips below to help avoid potential misunderstandings.
- The Trading Post service is NOT available for use by Dealers. A Dealer is anyone who buys and sells music gear for a profit.
- The Trading Post service is NOT available for selling non-music gear.
- Give each item as complete and accurate of a description as possible. Be sure to note cosmetic flaws, such as nicks, scratches, rack marks, or chips. Point out if something is missing that a buyer might naturally expect to receive with the item (i.e. manuals, cables, accessories, etc.). Make sure you know the exact model number or version, if applicable.
- Include a detailed photo of the item you are selling. Including a photo may help you sell more quickly and also may give your listing a more prominent position on the Sweetwater Trading Post.
- Make sure you and your buyer are clear about exactly how much money is changing hands. Decide who is paying the shipping charge.
- Insure the shipment for loss and damage with the shipping carrier. Make sure the insured amount is appropriate.
- Pack the item safely and securely.
- Both parties should agree upon the method of payment. One of the surest ways to avoid payment hassles is to ship Certified Bank Check or Cash On Delivery (COD). Other popular means of classifieds payment include PayPal, and other third-party services such as escrow.com, which hold the buyer's money until the item is delivered, then release the money to the seller.
- Confirm the purchase before shipping. Send an e-mail to the buyer specifying who, what, where, and when. Before you ship the buyer anything, wait until you get a confirmation back.
- Let the buyer know immediately if there will be a delay in shipping.
- Follow up with the buyer to make sure everything arrived on time and satisfactorily. Also, see if you can get permission to use the buyer as a reference on future transactions. It will make the flow of future sales much easier.