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    I've never had anything like that happen to me. Asking 60% of the original price is very generous. I wouldn't even get into a discussion with people like that. The only time I "haggle" is when an ad says, "Make an offer," which you see on Reverb occasionally. Then I will make an offer, and we come to an agreement. I don't waste my time with nasty people.

    Pricing a used uke can be tricky. People expect a great price just because someone already owned it. I have bought and sold ukes that were indistinguishable from new ones, but the prices were lower because they were used. There's little justification for demanding a very low price for a perfect uke.

    Another thing to consider is that someone must want to buy what you're selling. I've had ukes listed for a couple of months with no interest in them, so I removed them. I waited a while and relisted them, and they sold in a couple of days. That always surprises me, but it's just a question of someone looking for what you have for sale. I have a couple of ukes in mind to buy, but no one is selling. If I see one listed for a decent price, I'll buy it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rllink View Post
    ...last year I decided to buy a ukulele that I had been looking at for almost a year and I found one at Elderly.
    Elderly is very good and very pleasant to work with. I've bought six ukes from them over the years.
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    Well, my uke is the M6 tenor with the active pickup, so it’s the one priced at 330 USD as on the enya website. With the tax, it’s about 360 USD when I bought it. So there isn’t any markup by the uke shop and at 40% less, it’s only 216 USD for a full solid triple A grade uke, pickup, inlays, radiused fretboard with a gloss finish.

    I also had the same experience that a buyer told me that he saw that same uke store where I bought is having a sale for a new same model (but different Color) at 255 usd when my price at that time was $285. He asked if my price can lower, which I did lower to the current price of 216 usd. In the end, he didn’t buy from me. No surprise there.

    Anyway, there’s a bunch of used high end ukuleles, kamaka deluxe, koaloha sceptre, iiwi, blackbird selling at 80% to even 90% of the MSRP in the same selling platform. I’m not even sure if the sellers really can close a deal with that kind of price. In the local buying market where I’m in, no one cares if your uke is highly playability, well maintained, well reputated etc if it is not dirt cheap enough in the first place.

    This poor resale of used instruments at my side is partially curbing my UAS. Which is one good thing I see out of this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AustinHing View Post
    Anyway, thereís a bunch of used high end ukuleles, kamaka deluxe, koaloha sceptre, iiwi, blackbird selling at 80% to even 90% of the MSRP in the same selling platform.

    This poor resale of used instruments at my side is partially curbing my UAS. Which is one good thing I see out of this.
    The asking price for a used item is just that - asking. Go to eBay and search for anything. Then go down the left column and click on "Sold items." You will see how much those items actually sold for. Dealers have a good idea of what they can sell a used uke for. Of course, supply and demand come into play. If the market is flooded with a particular model, it's going to sell for less that a comparable uke that is hard to find.

    I never buy with the intention of selling, so if I decide to sell a uke, I look online and decide on a reasonable price. I didn't get into this to make money. Losing money is a fact of life, unfortunately. It's the price of having fun. : )
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    I have bought and sold a number of used ukes......always here on the Marketplace forum. The vast majority of members are very knowledgeable and courteous so transactions go well.

    I am a sales rep for a large international company and it is commonplace for my customers to try and beat me down. That is just a part of life when selling something. When selling ukes I expect to take a bit of a lose, especially on a uke I bought new. I consider it the rent I paid for the use of it and the cost of experiencing that particular ukulele.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DownUpDave View Post
    When selling ukes I expect to take a bit of a lose, especially on a uke I bought new. I consider it the rent I paid for the use of it and the cost of experiencing that particular ukulele.
    Good attitude. Occasionally, someone will offer me a lower price than what I am asking, and I have to give that some thought. Do I want to wait indefinitely to get a few dollars more, or do I want to sell it and make two people happy now?
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    That 60% selling price for a used uke sounds okay at first glance. But, it means a $100 uke only loses $40 in value while a $1000 uke will lose $400. Does the more expensive uke actually lose that much value?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerryc41 View Post
    The asking price for a used item is just that - asking. Go to eBay and search for anything. Then go down the left column and click on "Sold items." You will see how much those items actually sold for. Dealers have a good idea of what they can sell a used uke for. Of course, supply and demand come into play. If the market is flooded with a particular model, it's going to sell for less that a comparable uke that is hard to find.

    I never buy with the intention of selling, so if I decide to sell a uke, I look online and decide on a reasonable price. I didn't get into this to make money. Losing money is a fact of life, unfortunately. It's the price of having fun. : )
    Thats a good way to price sensibly. There’s also a lack of enough ukulele players as well at my side. I got this 1 in 1 out policy going on, so if I would have to sell the least play uke to make room for another.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kkimura View Post
    That 60% selling price for a used uke sounds okay at first glance. But, it means a $100 uke only loses $40 in value while a $1000 uke will lose $400. Does the more expensive uke actually lose that much value?
    That.. I couldn’t answer. I can’t imagine selling my kamaka at $600 unless it has serious marks and dents on it. I guess it’s a different kind of evaluation for higher end ukes. I would price at $750 and see where it will take me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerryc41 View Post
    The asking price for a used item is just that - asking. Go to eBay and search for anything. Then go down the left column and click on "Sold items." You will see how much those items actually sold for.
    They just say "best offer accepted" and the original price crossed out, they don't show the actual selling price. That is kept confidential to the buyer and seller, and only they have it show up in the sold section as to actual price paid.
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