Looking to buy some new DJ gear in time for Christmas? Ordering online? If funds are tight and you want to make sure you get the very best deal, we’ve got a few guerrilla tips to show you best how to buy DJ gear online.
From sneaky back-door routes to the same products, to flexing your negotiating skills, to ordering from abroad – here are some of the tricks and tips smart DJs use to get the most bang for their buck when buying online…
Our 7 guerrilla tips for buying DJ gear online
First, wise up! Our DJ Controllers: The Ultimate Buyer’s Guide 2013 resource will help you to decide which gear is best for you. Next, take a look at the following:
- Look for the same seller on eBay. Many dealers also have eBay auctions going on. Do a simple search and see if you can find them there too. Compare prices and you may make a decent saving…
- Look for the live chat feature and negotiate down. Many sites have this. Have a few open windows of other stores on your computer and their prices for the same item (even if “not in stock”) and use these to start negotiating. Salespeople often operate on commission and want your money – so you have something to bargain with…
- Go for last year’s models. DJing is DJing, and people were rocking floors last year just as much as they are today – using last year’s gear. Be sure you want the new features that you’re paying a premium for – and go for earlier models instead if not
- Make sure you’re buying from an authorised dealer. Some aren’t, and this may mean that your warranty isn’t valid. DJ gear can and does break, and you want to make sure that your warranty is rock solid
- Check the returns policy. What will it cost you if you change your mind, or the goods arrive faulty, or you need to return them for repair? Find this out before purchase – not afterwards, to your cost. This is especially important if you decide to do what we speak of in the next point…
- Find it cheaper abroad – but be aware of import taxes. Buying from abroad can save you money, but import duty can erase the gain or even end up costing you more. This can still be worthwhile – but find out!
- If it seems too good to be true, it normally is. Spam posts on forums, sites that don’t give you a physical address (there are some quite convincing ones out there), places where you can’t speak to someone by phone… all of these should be avoided at all costs – otherwise, it’ll be you who pays with the non-arrival of good or even worse, card fraud
Shop locally or online?
Many people haven’t got a DJ store near them, which means online is their only way of getting goods. But if you do have a store near you, consider using them instead.
Once you know how to buy DJ gear online, you can apply many of these “rules” to your interactions with physical stores. And having the chance to use the gear, talk to someone knowledgeable about it, and return it easily if there’s an issue can actually be worth far more than shaving a small amount off the price.
Have you had success, or a nightmare, shopping online? Got any tips to add to ours? Please share your thoughts and experiences in the comments.
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