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    Sorry this post is lengthy....

    I have two ukes that are sitting in their humidified cases and not getting played very much. I've sold many items online over the years, but never acoustic instruments, and not with wood hard cases, so I'd like some tips.

    Pricing: The ukes are as new, purchased from and set up by Elderly Instruments, but I realize I need to price them such that each is a better deal that buying new. I think I've read 70% of original price. Both are less than a year old and still under Elderly's one-year warranty, but I doubt warranty is transferable. Neither uke nor case has left my home since they were purchased, so they are really in brand new, mint condition.

    These are mid-grade ukes, and the Guardian hard cases were purchased new too. Problem is, the cases add a lot of weight. Do I try to sell the cases separately? Offer pricing with and without case? The ukes will be naked if they don't ship with their cases.

    How to pack and ship? I like USPS, but heavier packages probably ship less expensively via UPS. Opinions on this?

    Finally, what about returns? Honestly I'd like to avoid returns, but I realize I should offer a reasonable return policy.

    And now specifics on the ukes, for some perspective:

    Kala concert ziricote laminate, $239.99 new. Guardian hard case, $65 new. Currently strung gCEA with Worth Brown BM46 strings, and I can throw in one new set and a half. Action is ~2.25mm at the 12th fret, nice and low at the nut. Plenty of room at the saddle to adjust action lower.

    Kala baritone solid cedar top acacia back and sides, $294.99 new. Guardian hard case, $80 new. Currently strung DGBE with D'Addario wound singles and Savarez Alliance KF trebles: NYL033w, NYL028w, KF77 .0303, KF62 .0244. No extra strings to throw in with this uke. Action is very good, IIRC ~2.75mm at 12th fret. Plenty of room at the saddle to adjust action lower. Truss rod has been adjusted for these strings, and I'll throw in a 4mm hex wrench.

    I have a plethora of tuners, so I can throw in a tuner with each uke.

    Now why am I selling? Coming from classical guitar, I first bought the baritone. But I wanted to try other scale lengths too, so I added tenor and concert. I've now decided that tenor is my scale of choice, and I just added a second tenor. I have a lap steel guitar being built right now, so I should move along these two ukes that aren't getting played.

    When I get around to posting, I'll have good, detailed pics.

    Thanks for tips and advice.
    Last edited by twokatmew; 06-03-2018 at 08:13 AM. Reason: fix typo
    Margaret, classical guitarist gone uke crazy

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    I have only sold one ukulele here in the marketplace. I was able to sell at around 70% of full value, but I included the hardcase in the deal. I also included the shipping. In the end I probably got about 60% of full value.

    70% is a good starting place, but be prepared to go lower if they donít move within 1-2 weeks. I included the case because I felt more comfortable shipping the uke in a hard case. I didnít need the case for another uke so it made sense to include it.

    Good pictures plus an accurate description are very helpful. Make sure you capture any blemishes in your pictures. Includes your UU name & the date on a piece of paper in one of your pictures.

    Because your ukes are not super high end or unique, they may take longer to sell. Maybe not? Mine wasnít high end and it sold pretty quick. Good luck.
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    I usually sell with a case if I have one for the added protection. It certainly weighs more and thus costs more to ship. Craigslist will get you more money and save on shipping, but that’s sketchier than selling here on UU
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    The cases may be a hard sell by themselves but will probably not add much to value. They will however add to desire. 30% loss is about average but if they are extremely nice it doesn’t hurt to ask for a bit more after you explain your situation. The worst that can happen is someone will talk you down. Maybe shoot for 30% and ask for the buyer to pay shipping or half of shipping.

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    PayPal fees add to the price, so it's helpful to know who will pay the fees.

    I bought 3 ukes from UU, & my preference is that the more details, the better. If you can include a sound sample, that can help, along with photos, specs, if it has been around smokers, & anything else you might think of.

    Pricing might depend on the market at that particular moment, but check here for previous prices that similar ukuleles have sold for, as well as other places that sell ukes, like Flea Market and Reverb.

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    What is price of Zircon without case, plus ship?

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    If you use the "friends and family" section of paypal, there are no fees to pay. I prefer to buy them with a case, so I know I'm getting something that fits that uke plus it helps protect it in shipping (and you don't have to hassle with trying to find something to fit it after you get it).
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    Quote Originally Posted by mgsondance View Post
    If you use the "friends and family" section of paypal, there are no fees to pay. I prefer to buy them with a case, so I know I'm getting something that fits that uke plus it helps protect it in shipping (and you don't have to hassle with trying to find something to fit it after you get it).
    Yes, the only trouble with "friends and family" PayPal is that there's no buyer or seller protection. Unfortunately, I've had to use that both as a buyer (and once as a seller) over the years, so I tend to pay the fees unless it's for a small inexpensive item. With electronics, etc., I've found that buyers tend to like the added protection (as long as I as a seller, eat the fees). I would hope that this is not so much an issue selling acoustic instruments on UU, but then I've been surprised as the shenanigans some people have pulled on Ebay.

    I agree re case. But if I have to give away a nice, mint, Guardian (green crushed velvet interior) and eat the extra shipping & insurance because of said case....

    I guess I should just take pics and post the ukes for sale. Then I'll see what happens. Also, as I bought my ukes locally from Elderly, I have no boxes to ship the cases or ukes in. I think I'll ask Elderly if they have extra boxes they can spare; otherwise I'll have to buy boxes too. And all of these added expenses would be inconsequential if the ukes were higher end.

    Oh well, that learning curve when one begins a new hobby is a killer, financially.
    Last edited by twokatmew; 06-06-2018 at 02:45 AM. Reason: oops, meant to type "inexpensive"
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    Quote Originally Posted by perep View Post
    What is price of Zircon without case, plus ship?
    Will PM you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mgsondance View Post
    If you use the "friends and family" section of paypal, there are no fees to pay. I prefer to buy them with a case, so I know I'm getting something that fits that uke plus it helps protect it in shipping (and you don't have to hassle with trying to find something to fit it after you get it).

    I will never buy nor sell using friends and family. The PayPal fee is something like thirty cents plus 2.9%. With Friends and Family you have no protection. If they never even ship anything you have no recourse! Many sellers don’t know how to inspect a uke. You may find cracks the seller missed. Use buyer protection when buying. Pay for it yourself, no muss, no fuss.
    Play uke, live long, and prosper. Coupla Kamaka Sopranos (koa and mango), Suh-weet! Concert Cocobolo, Martin concert, Pono Pro Classic tenor, Kala Elite Tenor, Monkey Wrench tenor electric, (umm, lemme see, Risa travel, Enya soprano concert & tenor, Eleuke travel, coupla Caramel Sopranino, Lanikai Sop & Bari). Man, I really need to go on a diet!

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