I’m looking for advice and tips on how to sell cigarbox guitars other than at a festival. I’m very soon going to have too many sitting around the house and will be looking for a way to sell some. I also would like advice or thoughts on how to determine a price for them. Is anybody out there selling them and if so where are you selling them and how are you determining your price? Thanks

Views: 234

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

I used to sell on Ebay, and i see them on Etsy too, but the listings have just steadily increased, and there is plenty of competition.  As far a pricing goes, I compared my product to others offered on the same sites. It all depends on what you are trying to accomplish. I mostly sell to coworkers now. From my own experience, some people look at time plus materials, and feel there is no point in selling a build for less than $200. However, I have seen very nice builds sell for $49 plus shipping. Personally, $65 plus shipping works for me.

$65 for fretted with a piezo, economy tuners. Sealed tuners and a magnetic pickup, $85. Add a hardtail adjustable bridge, or anything fancy, I get to $100+.,.  I have built some double necks too, but for the most part i favor the "plain Jane" builds., Lots of nice builds out there., $4000 is the most i have seen one listed for., many in the $1330 to $1880 range., ( lol )

If your paying that much to build one your paying way to much, do some research and find cheaper parts or find out how to build it yourself, that will cut costs in half.  My fret boards use to cost $60, but then i figured I can make them myself and it only costs about $7-$8 only, thats a big diffenece but takes more time, so i looked again and found someone in California that I worked a deal with and makes the fretted freat boards for only $20 a pop.  Pickup, you are buying way to expensive pickups, just do your research and see which is more cost effective, to build your own, to find a cheaper supplier, etc.  Thats what I did and make a great profit, overall, my cbg cost around $25-$40 to make, so I make $100+ profit and one thing I found that Shane Speals does that I learned, make multiples at a time.  Do multiple necks at once, multiple fretboards at once, cut the boxes and sounds holes in multiple cbg at once, so when done you all the sudden have 3-5 done at once.

I pay $15 for parts, put 2 hours labor in it, and list on Ebay. Ebay and PayPal take their cut., I still make $20 an hour, which is fine for me it is a hobby, and I have a day job., I commented on the expensive builds because I have seen them for sale., I see $350 builds listed for $1880.,,.or listed for $1330.,,. The most I have ever charged for a pro build is $100,. I agree about parts cost.,,. I buy bulk parts and strings to cut costs., my conscience would never let me list a build over $299 ., you can get 10 Lace CBG's for $300 plus shipping directly from the factory in China where they are built., That's $30 a piece, plus shipping for completed store worthy builds., "the morning rant".,., lol

I sell mine on Etsy and going to craft shows, at first Etsy I was doing pretty good but its getting over populated with them. I sell mine depending on time spent and what all i use (piezo vs humbuckers) type of wood vs exotic wood, anything special someone wants.  I sell mine between $125-$250 and have had good luck in that area. I also at the craft shows sell cheap canjos for $25 and usually sell out of those by the end of the craft shows (usually take around 10).

But yes I've noticed the more people are making the more populated the sites are and harder it is to sell them onEtsy, Ebay, etc.

I'm new to CBG and just lurking.  I'm not a builder nor seller.  Just giving my two-cents as a newbie shopper and guitar player.   I was intrigued when I saw one for sale at Goodwill for $20.  (Unfortunately, I didn't buy it)   

I looked around ebay, facebook market place, craigslist, etc.  The prices still vary between $70-100 for the generic no-frills cigar box guitar.       

I haven't seen cigar boxes guitars at  my local craft fairs, farmers markets, swap meets, or county fair.   I assume it would be difficult to sell due to the price points.   Maybe it's different during holiday season.   

I've seen local artists having their art work display at coffee shops and restaurants.    If you have artsy unique cigar box guitars,  how about hitting some local  pubs, coffee shops, etc and asking them display with your contact info.  

Best of luck.  

RSS

The Essential Pages

New to Cigar Box Nation? How to Play Cigar Box GuitarsFree Plans & How to Build Cigar Box GuitarsCigar Box Guitar Building BasicsCigar Box Guitar Parts Store

Site Sponsor

Recommended Links & Resources


Forum

Tone capacitor

Started by RG Murphy in Performances, How to Play, Lessons, Concerts. Last reply by the anonymous pick 8 hours ago. 1 Reply

Discussion: Toothpick Frets?

Started by Habanera Hal in Feature Articles. Last reply by Paul on Monday. 26 Replies

Fret calculations

Started by Graham Wedepohl in Building Secrets, Tips, Advice, Discussion. Last reply by BrianQ. on Saturday. 5 Replies

Upright Ubass

Started by Titch the Clown in Building Secrets, Tips, Advice, Discussion. Last reply by Greg Potts Jun 20. 1 Reply

New here

Started by Clarence johnson in Performances, How to Play, Lessons, Concerts. Last reply by Road Rash Roy Jun 18. 13 Replies

Latest Activity

Rope Walker Country Star commented on Danny Gordon's blog post Soon to be free to play more
"Congratulations!"
14 seconds ago
Uncle John commented on AGP #'s video
Thumbnail

AGP #435 - ''Taz'' - Sound Samples

"Mel  Oh.   Good.  "
1 hour ago
Uncle John commented on Giuseppe Cassa's video
1 hour ago
Uncle John commented on Giuseppe Cassa's video
Thumbnail

Meteo Lap Steel

"Yes, sir.  Great tone and play."
1 hour ago
Uncle John commented on Giuseppe Cassa's video
Thumbnail

Trunk Double Bass

"Cool.  Love that bass.   A suitcase full of goodness.   Shirts too!"
1 hour ago
Uncle John commented on Poorness Studios's video
1 hour ago
Uncle John commented on Poorness Studios's video
Thumbnail

How To Play Midnight Special on 3-string Cigar Box Guitar

"Sounds good.   That great old song seems to fall in and out of my playing…"
1 hour ago
Uncle John commented on Dave Lynas's video
Thumbnail

Rezo LPG

"Good to see and hear you, buddy.   You look purty good.   I thought of you…"
1 hour ago
Uncle John commented on Lefty Clientele's video
Thumbnail

The House I Live In

"Good points.   Who is that actor?   He looks kind of like Frank Sinatra."
1 hour ago
Bill Saunders commented on Giuseppe Cassa's video
Thumbnail

Mando-Phone

"wow. awesome build. love the sound. And agree, that ending is genius.Well Done !"
1 hour ago
Danny Gordon commented on Giuseppe Cassa's video
Thumbnail

Meteo Lap Steel

"that is awesome. I am working on one myself it has been a time consuming project but now since I am…"
1 hour ago
Bill Saunders liked Giuseppe Cassa's video
1 hour ago

Music

© 2021   Created by Ben "C. B. Gitty" Baker.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service

\uastyle>\ud/** Scrollup **/\ud.scrollup {\ud background: url("https://storage.ning.com/topology/rest/1.0/file/get/963882636?profile=original") no-repeat scroll 0 0 transparent;\ud bottom: 25px;\ud display: inline !important;\ud height: 40px;\ud opacity: 0.3 !important;\ud position: fixed;\ud right: 30px;\ud text-indent: -9999px;\ud width: 40px;\ud z-index: 999;\ud}\ud.scrollup:hover {\ud opacity:0.99!important;\ud}\ud \uascript type="text/javascript">\ud x$(document).ready(function(){\ud x$(window).scroll(function(){\ud if (x$(this).scrollTop() > 100) {\ud x$('.scrollup').fadeIn();\ud } else {\ud x$('.scrollup').fadeOut();\ud }\ud });\ud x$('.scrollup').click(function(){\ud x$("html, body").animate({ scrollTop: 0 }, 600);\ud return false;\ud });\ud });\ud \ua!-- End Scroll Up -->