5 Ways To Better Use Reverb.com

Some tips, tricks, and more importantly advice on how not to piss anyone off.

My love of Reverb.com is well known by this point. I buy and sell almost all of my gear through their website, I recommend it to everyone, and more importantly, I use it as an important metric for observing guitar/pedal/gear trends. But not everyone knows how to get the most of the website. In fact, I think some people simply use it wrong or misunderstand the value it provides. Even worse, some people’s etiquette on the site is just downright annoying. So here’s five unsolicited tips on how to use Reverb.com in a much better manner.

Use The Price Guidecheck it out

This is maybe Reverb’s best single feature, and one that I never hear enough people talk about. Reverb offers price guides for most well known/popular gear. You can use this to check if a pedal’s value is on the rise, or on the decline, helping you find the perfect time to buy or sell. If you’re one of those crazy pedal re-sellers or economists, this would be your best friend in trying to find the next pedal that is about to explode in price/popularity.

While I don’t believe in that sort of stock market approach to pedals, and actively discourage it, I do use this feature to get a read on what is popular out there on the marketplace. This helps me decide what gear to write about, review, demo, or generally cover in all my content.

Use The Watch Button

The watch button is essentially a way to save an item and follow it’s history on the site. Interested in buying something, but only if its price goes down? Click that watch button to be notified when it goes on sale or has a price drop. Want to know when someone else is making an offer on the gear you want so you can swoop in? Hit the watch button! It’s a very easy way to keep tabs on multiple potential purchases or, can be used in concert with the price guide to keep track of how popular a piece of gear is!

Don’t Be An Ass

Might seem self explanatory right? But man, some people just do the dumbest things on these sites. For example, I cannot stand when people ask “why are you selling this guitar or pedal?”. They often follow up with, “something must be wrong with the knob/pickups/neck?”. No, I’m not selling this perfectly good, high priced gear because it is broken. I’m selling it because I either don’t need it, don’t want it, could never connect with it, or maybe as a broke graduate student I’d just rather have the money to go out and live life with.

Don’t be suspect of people’s listings or prices unless they have poor feedback, which is publicly available information the site to help you sift through buyers/sellers. Don’t mock people, don’t be rude, don’t tell them they have no idea what they’re doing (all things I’ve received in dm’s on the app). If you want a piece of gear, make an offer, if you don’t, move on. I promise you, very few Reverb users need you to correct their listing information, price, or description. If something is wrong, people just usually won’t buy it or click on it. You are not a lone renegade in a world of spam who needs to inform me about my own piece of gear.

Provide And Read Feedback

Following up on that last part, the feedback section is a great way to build your own reputation on the site while also helping you prevent poor treatment/scams/issues with other users. Always provide feedback, whether you’re the buyer or the seller, for the person you are completing a transaction with. And more importantly, if you have your heart set a specific piece of gear, give that seller’s feedback a quick review. Go see if they have a history of not responding to messages or shipping late or packaging things poorly. Especially if you are investing a lot of money into this purchase. Sure, for a Boss pedal it may not be worth the time or effort, but for a new guitar it certainly is.

Make Offers And Be Open To Receiving Offers

Reverb’s own stats show that if you accept offers on your listing, you’re way more likely to sell it than sellers who don’t. Likewise, it is likely to sell faster as well. But for buyers too, just make an offer! I know people will always be assholes and low ball you (see above), but for the most part people are making genuine offers and are down to haggle. Almost all my transactions involve the offer button and at the very least, you’ll probably save yourself $10 or so on each purchase. For sellers, I’d rather sell my item immediately for $10 or so less than it is worth than sit on it for months on end. Sometimes you don’t even know what your own gear is worth. This can be a good way to find out, if you get five offers in a row of $70 for your $90 pedal, it might not be worth $90.

Published by Matt Dunn

Guitar and music journalist for Ultimate-Guitar.com and Guitarsforidiots.com as well as a contributor for Guitarniche.com and Stringjoy.com. Reach out to talk about guitars, commission a partscaster, or ask for a review.

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