War_in_D said:Used to do this all the time (flipping gear) when I lived in Atlanta. Lot's of opportunity to find gear there, not so much now where I live though. My main outlet to sell was online though, mainly Ebay due to the larger audience but I feel with the advent of internet sales tax the online market for used musical items is dying. I haven't bought, or sold anything on Ebay for quite a while. Guitars that used to sell for $1000 are having a hard time realizing 75% of that if/when you can even sell them. You would think that logically, prices would have dropped in proportion to the amount of added sales tax but I think it's affected them beyond even that. I know it's affected my online buying habits quite a bit as I have a hard time paying the internet sales tax just on principle alone, not to mention it adds about 10% to the purchase price. I also feel that the quality of buyers on Ebay has also gone way down in recent years, way too many people trying to scam you out there. This, coupled with Ebay's idiotic policies that put all the power in the hands of the purchaser have made it to where I rarely (if ever) even sell on that platform any more.
The internet tax on used items has been very tough to navigate. Last May-July buy/sell action was great, come August when the tax rolled out to several more states, the used market dried up in a hurry. Like you, the sales tax really impacts my buying habits too.
However, I simply view this as another fun variable to solve for. Most folks would view the tax as a major roadblock and give up, some might try to go over/under/around the roadblock, but the fun for me is finding a creative way to leapfrog the roadblock so I'm a few steps ahead when I land. To do so this requires building new models, learning new techniques, exploring new ideas, and most of all reading, reading, reading. Guitars aside, I've found in life the more I study, learn, and prepare, the luckier I get .