Those who become passionate about learning to play drums will find out sooner or later that this hobby is not cheap at all, considering that a percussion kit is an expensive instrument that will make you pay about a couple of hundred dollars – that if you are not very pretentious and are ok with a standard kit made by a no name brand.
Luckily, the internet brought selling musical instruments at a completely new level and it is much easier today to purchase what you need and also find the best deals.
Shopping online makes everything easy. You can browse through different stores and selling platforms, find different instruments and accessories, new or second hand, read comprehensive information about them and compare. You can also identify stores in your area that you did not knew about and this way you can save the money you would normally pay for transportation.
Comparing multiple items is a feature that allows you to find the best drum set you can afford – which is something you could not do two decades ago, when you had considerably fewer resources to help you set up your mind.
There are several popular places to buy percussion instruments online and they include renowned music stores as well as platforms such as Amazon and eBay, plus hundreds of other local and regional shops where you can also find sales and get discounts.
When you start looking for an online drum store, you must know what you want.
Arm yourself with information
The best shop is the one where you can find what you need and for the best possible price. Therefore, before choosing one and making a purchase, shop intelligently. Browse websites and catalogues to study products and see which ones are right for you – for the music you want to play and for the money you have in your pocket. If you are looking for a unique instrument (vintage), you can research on drums companies, consult guides or subscribe to magazines providing the information you need.
An online drum store will offer information on all their products, but it might be subjective and sometimes the seller`s descriptive powers can exceed the quality of the product itself. You can protect yourself precisely by being informed and ask the right questions to determine the value of the instrument.
Make sure the store is registered and offers safe methods of payment
You should be concerned about the safety of your money, so the store you buy from should take a reversible form of payment and respect the legal procedures when it comes to formulating its return policy and other important aspects. Remember that credit cards are protected and most have a guaranteed refund, but online checks, personal checks or money orders are not, so there is a risk, if you are not careful enough, that the seller disappears with your money.
Backing out of a deal
When you purchase from an online drum store, you must be sure that you can return the instrument if you are not happy about it. You should be allowed to return any instrument, new or second hand, so make sure the shop has a clear return policy, or negotiate it in advance and in writing.