Remember selling things before Craigslist?
I was just looking over my profile and editing my previously owned gear. Much of it I can't remember what happened to. Traded for GAS, apparently. But it did bring to mind the craziness of selling gear before Craigslist (and TB) came to town.
I remember that if I wanted to place an ad in the local alternative weekly (or the newspaper), it would cost a ridiculous amount, like $40 for two weeks (and if it didn't sell, another $20 or so every two weeks to continue it).
This really cut into the profits of a 20-something selling bass gear in the $200 range.
Another option was cosigning it at a music store. They took a third! You get four bones for your $600 bass.
Trading it in was (and still is) even worse, 50%? Not that this ever stopped me.
You could also place "for sale" ads on bulletin boards. I don't remember having any success from doing this.
So, I guess my point is: while I am sorry that craigslist helped kill the newspaper business, now is an amazing time to buy, sell and trade bass gear.
GAS, the cause and the solution to all of life's problems. Also, beer.
Last edited by othefool : 01-08-2014 at 07:51 PM.
Reason: misuse of commas