Many of the normal things that we do in our lives have been changed by the Internet. Most of these changes have had to do with the way we purchase items that we need or want, from household appliances, home décor, gifts, clothes, and food. Of course, musical instruments like drums, pianos, and guitars are not far behind. In the past, musicians would have quailed at the idea of buying a guitar that they have never seen or touched before.
But times are changing, as I’ve mentioned. Any nonbelievers would only need to take a peek at E-Bay to see how many guitars and other musical instruments are being sold and bought daily. I’m not suggesting, of course, that guitarists should just go ahead and buy their guitars online without first thinking about the pro’s and con’s. Buying a guitar that you’ve never seen and listened to before does have its fair share of risks, especially if you’re buying from someone or from a company you’ve never heard of before.
One of the annoyances is the shipping. Musicians are very finicky about the way their instruments are touched and handled. So even if we’d like to think that the guitar you just bought is being carefully handled by everyone it comes in contact with, from the store down to the delivery guys, sometimes it doesn’t always happen that way.
There may be times when your newly-bought instrument will arrive with some dings and scratches, due to a number of possible reasons, such as improper packaging from the store or rough handling during shipping. So before shipping the guitar, you should think about getting your instrument packaged professionally. There are some online businesses that can offer you these kinds of services, as well as let you contact the shop first and confirm the contents of the package, before the instrument is shipped.
Aside from the dealer and shipping risks, probably the scariest part of buying a musical instrument online is that you don’t even get a chance of playing that instrument before paying for it. If you’ve ever been in a music store and played a variety of models of the same guitar, then you’d know that the sound quality always differs from one model to the next. Of course, anything that is made out of an unpredictable material such as wood will certainly have differing degrees of quality. Sure, it may look jazzy and shiny, but in the end, looks aren’t what you’re really looking for in a guitar, are you?
There’s always a possibility that when you receive your guitar, you’ll find out that it’s not at the level of quality that you were hoping for. But fear not, because most online music shops are offering 24-hour or 48-hour return policies to protect you and your investment. Moreover, these retailers are usually required by law to grant a 30-day return policy on all products, although some will not readily tell you that.
Hundreds of guitar shops and music stores abound on the Internet. Many of them operate as a music store in a specific area and are also offering their products online. However, there are also several music shops that only operate through the World Wide Web. These music retailers, since they solely rely on the Internet for their business, are somewhat more experienced in buying and selling online, so you can expect that your deals and purchases will be smoother and less likely to be stressful.
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