Sweetwater has announced the launch of The Sweetwater Gear Exchange, designed to provide an opportunity for customers to get the equipment and instruments they need by buying and selling used gear in a cost-effective way. There are currently zero seller fees incurred when the seller chooses a Sweetwater gift card as the form of payment.
Gear Exchange sellers have the opportunity to create their own customized storefront, including setting a store address, outlining policies for returns, and adding a bio to let people learn more about them. Sellers can create listings that include photos of the instruments and gear they no longer need or want.
“Being avid music makers ourselves, we know how real the connection can be between the musician and their gear,” says David Stewart, chief marketing officer at Sweetwater. “It goes beyond just being an instrument and becomes an extension of the artist. Whether it’s someone’s first guitar or an old recording interface, every piece of gear has a story. The Gear Exchange provides music makers and gearheads the opportunity to find a common place to buy and sell items, sharing the remarkable stories behind each unique piece. We are excited to provide a new forum for artists to find the perfect equipment to make the music they love.”
Sweetwater states that Gear Exchange has implemented tight fraud prevention measures including requiring photos of the exact item listed. There will be badges available on the storefront pages showcasing how long Gear Exchange sellers have been verified Sweetwater customers. Additionally, there will be a team of administrators monitoring the marketplace for any potential security risks.
Shipping labels for sellers can be purchased directly through The Gear Exchange, utilizing Sweetwater’s rates. The cost of the labels can be subtracted from the payout so sellers don’t have to pay shipping bills until they get paid. Go here for more specifics.