Wednesday, July 6, 2011

How NOT to Sell Your Drum Set on Craigslist

I saw this Craigslist posting on the Drummerworld forum, and it totally cracked me up! In fact, its so funny, it almost makes me think that it isn't real. Here is the entire post, copied from Craigslist. I've changed the email and posting ID:

24-Piece Drumset! - $299
Date: 2011-07-06, 11:29AM EDT
Reply to: [Errors when replying to ads?]

I have a 24 piece drumset for sale. Hear are the peaces:

1 Base Drum
1 Base Drum Peddle
1 Snair Drum
1 Snair Drum Stand
2 Ride Toms
1 Double Tom attachment piece
1 Floor Tom
3 Floor Tom Legs
1 Hi-Hat Stand
2 Hi-Hat Symbols
1 Simbal Stand
1 Crash/Ride symbel (I'm counting this as 2 pieces because it does to things)
1 drum thrown
1 stick bag
4 drumsticks
1 tuning tool

Only used by an 8 year-old for about 8 months, so it's like getting a brand new set.

The drumset is a first-Act drumset that I bought at Target. They are known for there nice hi-end products. It cost me 299 plus tax so $320. I'm asking $299 firm, so you'll save $21 in sales tax - Great Deal! Please don't try to lowball me, as I know what I paid for this and you are just waisting your time. And if you are going to try and scam me, don't bother, as I will no longer be giving out my bank information to strangers. I've fallen for that trick for the last time!

I would consider trades, like a nice 4x4 truck, or a speedboat.


  • it's NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests
PostingID: xxxxremovedxxxx


Wow... so here are a couple things to take from this:

  1. Know how to count drums! When you say that a drum set is x amount of pieces, this refers to the drums themselves, not the cymbals, hardware, sticks, and especially individual floor tom legs, haha.
  2. Take about 2 seconds and actually make an effort to spell things correctly! There is no such thing as a "Snair," "Drum Peddle," or "Simbal." I'm also thoroughly sick of seeing ZILJIAN, ZIDLIJAN, ZIJLAIN, and every other attempt to spell Zildjian. Its ON THE CYMBAL (not symbol, by the way)
  3. Don't lie. Seems obvious, but some people don't get that. Don't say that First Act are known for "there nice hi-end products," its simply not true. They're actually known for their poor low end products.
  4. Don't ask for full price on used items, and get indignant about someone trying to "lowball" you. I'm not paying $299 for a used First Act drum set unless Ringo Starr and Buddy Rich both signed it. And even then, I would have to think about it.

Hahaha, so anyways, do you think this Craigslist poster is this for real? Or are we being trolled by a fellow drummer who has read his fair share of Craigslist drum set ads himself? Also, leave a comment about what other hilarious things people do when they post drum sets on Craigslist!