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Buying a used mic?

Discussion in 'Microphones' started by kb7, Mar 14, 2011.

  1. kb7

    kb7 Active Member

    Not sure if this has been asked, I did some searching throughout the forums and I couldn't find anything (I very well could have been looking in the wrong sections). So I've been waiting for my NT1-A from Sweetwater and they pushed back when I'm supposed to get it about a month. Now I'm somewhat okay with that, as it gives me time to work on music and what not.

    BUT I found a used NT1-A for $150 on Craigslist (compared to the $230 new) and I will have him lower the price, but I'm wondering if it is safe to buy a used mic... Or if I should just suck it up and wait for the new one from Sweetwater (which they say won't get to them til 3/27 at the earliest... kind of annoying).
  2. thatjeffguy

    thatjeffguy Active Member

    I have purchased a good number of used mics with no problems. However, I personally would not use Craigs List for this purpose as there is no seller accountability on Craigs List as there is, for example on eBay. On eBay you have seller ratings (feedback) which tell you a lot about the reputation of the seller. The seller has a lot at stake to protect his feedback score. So I only purchase from sellers who have a good score and a large number of transactions under their belt.

    Hope that helps!

  3. kb7

    kb7 Active Member

    Yup, that makes sense! And if something doesn't work I can file a Paypal claim and get my money back through Ebay. Thanks!
  4. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    I wouldnt buy anything shipped from CL but if its a local where you can try it out then it makes perfect sense.
  5. kb7

    kb7 Active Member

    I would never get anything shipped through CL either, but the guy lives about an hour away from me and I'm not sure I want to drive all the way and test it out, seeing as it could work well then, but not later. If he was closer I definitely would.
  6. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    In that case with the price of gas, the extra outlay is worth the manufacturers warranty.
  7. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Well-Known Member

    I have purchased several mics through CL, but, like DD stated, I waas able to put my hands on them and test them out before the cash passed hands. If you can't test 'em, stick to the new ones...you have a retailer and a manufacturer to back you.

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