Music equipment gets expensive really quick – but with these 3 steps, you can save 10-25% (or more) on gear – before apply coupons! These steps will help you save money on musical instruments at Guitar Center, Ebay, Amazon, and more!
The first thing you need to do is turn off your web browser’s Ad blocking software. Simply Google how to do this for your specific browser (Safari, Chrome, Internet Explorer, etc.)
This may sound complicated, but after you do it once or twice, it is really easy. To help you learn how to save money on music instruments, I’ve added a video summary (at the end) and a flow chart.
Ok, now onto the method.
Raise (affiliate link – you’ll receive $5 off your first order when you sign up through my link!) is a marketplace that allows people to sell their unwanted gift cards. It allows buyers to purchase those gift cards at a discount.
So if you were going to spend $200 at Guitar Center, you’re likely find a gift card to Guitar Center for 6% off. Or $188.
Raise also frequently has promotions that can get you an additional discount. At the time of this writing (around Mother’s Day), they were running a 6% off sale. So 6% off of $188 = $176.72. Then subtract the $5 off you get on your first order for signing up for Raise through my link. Boom!
You just got a $200 piece of music gear for $171.72!!!
Or a ~15% discount!
But wait. There’s more. WAY MORE. You can seriously get some mega discounts on music equipment by combining gift cards with referral sites.
You have probably heard of “affiliate links” – where a retailer (like Guitar Center) pays a website (like this) 5% of the sale price for every referral it makes.
Well some sites – like Ebates (affiliate link that will give you a $10 signup bonus) – will share a portion of their affiliate revenue with you in order to entice you to purchase through their affiliate links.
It’s a total win-win.
They get affiliate revenue they wouldn’t otherwise get, and you get cash back you wouldn’t normally get. This cash back for music gear can add up to you saving some serious money.
Let’s continue our example, but let’s pretend you went to Ebates first (before Raise). You sign up through my link and already get $10 cash back.
Then you search for Raise on Ebates. Right now, Ebates offers 1% cash back on Raise, so when you spent $171.72 on the Guitar Center gift card, you’d get 1% back (I know, it’s not a lot, but these numbers frequently change – and Ebates also frequently has promotions).
So now you’d only spend $170 on the gear.
But then you go back to Ebates, and search for Guitar Center. Currently Ebates is offering 3% off purchases at Guitar Center.
So you go to Guitar Center via Ebate’s link and you purchase the $200 piece of music equipment using the gift card code you got from Raise. Ebates will then give you 3% cash back on your full purchase price! Or $12 back.
link and you purchase the $200 piece of music equipment using the gift card code you got from Raise. Ebates will then give you 3% cash back on your full purchase price! Or $12 back.
So now it’s $170 (for the gift card) – $12 (Ebates) = $158.
And don’t forget the $10 bonus that Ebates gives you for signing up through my link.
gives you for signing up through my link.
At the end of the day, you will have paid just $148 for a $200 piece of gear – a 26% savings on musical instruments!
And that’s how to save money on musical instruments. Plus it doesn’t even account for the fact that Guitar Center coupons often exist too!
I’ve used these money saving techniques to literally save hundreds (maybe thousands) on studio gear. These money saving tips have allowed me to build out my studio faster, with better quality equipment than I’d normally be able to.
Please note that all of these numbers are subject to change, but were accurate as of May 2019.