2 Tips for Buying on eBay & Craigslist

Are You Ready to Buy a Saxophone?

Have you done all the research, and you know exactly what saxophone you want to buy? What do you do next? Where should you buy? What’s the purchasing process? What do you do if you want to:

  • Buy new
  • Buy online
  • Buy used
  • Buy from a friend
  • Buy off of Craigslist
  • Buy off eBay
  • Buy from a local music store

We’ll go through all these situations so you can make the best choice for you.

Buying From eBay

Whether you’re buying a new or used saxophone on eBay, there are 2 important tips to consider. But, before I share the tips, there is something I must reveal: I have never purchased a saxophone on eBay. However, the tips are not specific to eBay alone. I would suggest the same thing for any online purchase. We simply take the approach from buying face to face, and customizing it for an online purchase. Here are the suggestions:

  1. Buy from a company or individual you can trust
  2. Only buy a product with a money-back guarantee (very important)


Whether you’re buying online or in person, it’s important to buy from someone you trust. If you find a saxophone that’s inexpensive, but you don’t trust the seller, you may want to reconsider. If a student wants to buy on eBay, I usually suggest that they buy from a music store (with a physical location) rather than an individual. Maybe this is not as important if you’re buying an inexpensive student model, but if you’re spending thousands of dollars, it’s always good to move forward with someone you are comfortable doing business with.

Money-Back Guarantee

I don’t know of a professional saxophonist who would buy a new saxophone without trying it first. Since you can’t try before you buy, in an online situation, the money-back guarantee is the next best thing. This gives you a chance to try out the saxophone and send it back if it’s not the right fit. Check out the process below (in the Craigslist section) to make sure you get the right saxophone.


When buying from Craigslist, I would suggest setting up a situation where you can try the saxophone. Here’s the process:

  1. Identify the saxophone you want to purchase
  2. Call your local music store and tell them you want to bring in a saxophone
  3. Call the Craigslist seller and have them meet you at the music store
  4. If you purchased the saxophone online, take the saxophone to the store when it arrives
  5. Have the repair tech play the saxophone and inspect it
  6. Try the saxophone yourself

Even if you don’t play the saxophone yet, taking the instrument to a music store repair shop will help you get the information you need to make a choice. You’ll be working with musicians who can play the instrument. They’ll let you know if they can recommend that particular saxophone as one that will fit your needs, and if the price is acceptable. Most repair techs will be happy to help you. Once the repair tech gives you the confirmation that all is well with the saxophone, then you can give it a try.

Whether you are purchasing new or used, I would run through this process with any Craigslist or eBay purchase. In fact, I would go through this process when buying from a friend too. It’s not about trust; it’s about making sure the saxophone is a good fit for you.

Next Week

Next week we’ll finish off the list by talking about purchasing from music stores and online dealers (such as wwbw.com).


Have you purchased a saxophone from Craigslist or eBay? We would love to hear about your experience, and if you would recommend this to others. Thanks for sharing!


Comments 4

  1. Dear Jeff,

    A long time ago in my 30’s I had always loved the saxophone but I had to work. I loved music all together and studied piano and mostly voice was my main instrument but I love instruments and I went to the Guitar center and I found a used Busher not spelled right and back then a good price but old and I had the whole saxophone re padded and it works nice. I missed it and it’s in the attic and my friend a musican told me that the sax is now worth more. I don’t care about that. I know they have alto sax and soprano sax but mine the only one I tried is alto sax but I love the look of newer saxes and I was curious about soprano sax.

    My sax is good right now as I can’t buy a new sax. I also love all instruments. I love the trumpet etc. I always though loved the look of the sax and the sound of the the sax too. I’m not savvy about saxes but I just bought one and I have one and I started learning good but my stress at work took me away from what I loved to do. I do not come from a good upbringing where there is love or support so I had to get out of the house and I could not go to college at the college age but I did eventually go and I also attended music schools private while I worked but being free from making a living is being free like a bird. I’m very young looking and not old and I got hurt on my job so my attorney got me out of working laboriously.

    I take guitar and I also want to get back in to my saxophone playing and when I studied the teachers always told me I was good student and put my fingers where they were supposed to be but I think it’s just getting back in to it and I’m still a beginner. Thank you Jeff, Sincerely Mary Ann

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      Hi Mary Ann,

      I’m happy to have you with us and I look forward to working with you. It sounds like you have a strong desire to succeed, and that is always key to success. Thanks for sharing a little about your background, and if you have any questions as you go through the free lessons, just let me know. I’ll be happy to help!

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