Anyone else buying gear because of COVID?

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by JELIFISH19, Mar 21, 2020.

  1. Lt Dak

    Lt Dak Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2015
    In the trees
    I'm torn between wanting to support my local favorites and feeling like I should conserve as much cash as possible.

    As much as I'd like to help, we don't know how bad this is going to be, but I'm already reading estimates of 20pct or more unemployment. Makes the most sense for me to buy nothing but food and other essentials for awhile.
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  2. drbob1

    drbob1 Silver Supporting Member

    Aug 9, 2004
    I work in health care-guaranteed employment until I die of COVID-19!!!! So, not really thinking about buying a lot of gear at this point, maybe just trying to play a bit more of the stuff I already own!
    HERSCHEL, JJO, Hawkmoon269 and 8 others like this.
  3. MickeyJi

    MickeyJi Member

    Oct 10, 2005
    Pretty much this.
  4. Kevy_Metal

    Kevy_Metal Member

    Jun 5, 2017
    The Crunch
    During the past week, I was able to get a few things I’d ordered before the smaller stores shut down here, so I’ve decided to wait until we get through this and I’ll be able to support the local businesses again.

    The first thing I’ll do is head over to Exile here in Vancouver and pick up a Tone Druid from Union Tube & Transistor.
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  5. jwfran04

    jwfran04 Supporting Member

    Jan 25, 2013
    It’s easily transmitted but luckily for everyone, it’s an encapsulated type virus meaning there’s a lipid coating that’s relatively easy to disrupt. Proper hand washing and alcohol based hand sanitizers (at least 60% alcohol) will take care of the virus. If this was a non-encapsulated type, we would all be in deeper trouble than we already are. Precautions are certainly warranted though, this should be taken very seriously.
  6. Strife_D

    Strife_D Member

    Apr 24, 2008
    Bought this compressor:
    Hope it gets here soon :)
  7. wire-n-wood

    wire-n-wood Supporting Member

    Nov 9, 2011
    Brisbane, Australia
    Yes, I completely re-did my electric guitar pedal board. Changed out my overdrive, distortion, boost and delay. Only kept the wah... but implemented a new isolated power-supply. That's all improved now.

    But the biggest change is that I've set up a simple acoustic pedal-board. Never did that before, and it's sooooo good. Never used an EQ pedal with acoustic before, and suddenly I understand what all the talk is about. IT'S ESSENTIAL... should have done it years ago. It makes a dull electrified acoustic guitar absolutely sparkle with clarity. Also, a compressor for boosting solos, finger-style or slap picking. Wow, what a great difference. Then a looper. So I've been working on solo stuff with basic looping.

    Honestly, I'm at the point where I'll say every acoustic guitar performer should use a compressor > EQ > looper. Overnight it changed me from an amateurish dull thumpy sounding rig, to a professional sounding acoustic with consistency and definition. Loving it.

    Stay well.
  8. Tomo El Gato

    Tomo El Gato Member

    Aug 4, 2013
    San Francisco Bay Area
    They are making that desperate move because they really need money, not because they lost their mental capacities. I would think you'd be helping them by buying.
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  9. Johnny Moondog

    Johnny Moondog Member

    Jan 23, 2015
    East Coast of Canada
    I had already declared 2020 as the year
    without buying new pedals, etc.

    I was doing this, just to offset a few
    years of buying too many new things.

    Little did I know, that by March 2020,
    I would be too paranoid about the state of the world,
    the ability to earn money, and contracting a virus,
    to even consider buying things like guitar pedals.
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  10. Steve Y.

    Steve Y. Member

    Aug 16, 2019
    I’m not buying anything because it doesn’t make sense to do so while my investment portfolio is in the shitter. Instead I’m taking stock of all my existing gear and taking the opportunity to sit with and really appreciate it.
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  11. 4b454e

    4b454e Member

    Jul 30, 2015
    Cleveland, OH
    Same here - me and my wife (tho we are not clinical types)
    I have even LESS time to play than before, since me, wife, and kiddo are all home and we have to manage kiddo school plus work in a totally disrupted environment

    please don’t get me wrong. We are very grateful to have work. Just saying there ain’t time to play, nor explore the stuff I have.

    EDIT: plus fiscal caution, plus not making people pack, ship, and other people deliver.
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2020
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  12. 4b454e

    4b454e Member

    Jul 30, 2015
    Cleveland, OH
    I’m sure it will happen, like the jagoffs who bought up all the masks, hand sanitizer, and what-all within 250 miles, then sold it for a tidy profit.

    I’m not buying gear, but I am buying music. BandCamp, ftw
    I just bought a mess of stuff and paid extra for it (double the price, round up to the next $5)
    That’s about all I can do right now.

    EDIT: desks. I did buy two desks!
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2020
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  13. backdrifter

    backdrifter Supporting Member

    Mar 31, 2009
    Belleville, IL
    Glad to see someone posted this. I’ve been fighting the urge to buy a new toy. I have plenty of nice guitars to keep me occupied, but it certainly would be a good time to become acquainted with a new one. That being said, this is likely the scariest economic situation I’ve lived through. I’ve never lost a job and never thought I would, but anything is possible amid this craziness. I have a wife, three kids, and two dogs. I keep telling myself that if I can’t overcome the urge to buy something in times like this then I may have a serious problem that I need to address.

    BUT - there’s an amazing guitar for sale here on the forum that’s local to me. I can’t kick the idea of making an offer, sending PayPal payment, and having the seller put it out on the porch just as I’m driving up.

    Ultimately, I think I’ll be pragmatic and pass for now. But the temptation will continue to haunt me.
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2020
  14. LikeAMotherF

    LikeAMotherF Supporting Member

    Dec 10, 2016
    That's why it's complicated. Here's a hypothetical situation-

    There's a piece of gear you've had your eye on for a good while, which can generally $700 in VG condition. You come across someone selling one in VG condition for $500, with the "Make an Offer" option available. Are you doing them a favor by buying it outright at $500? So that some shidheel doesn't offer them $375 and come up to $400-ish? Or are you doing them a disservice by taking advantage of their desperation and need to sell quickly and undercutting themselves?

    I don't know. I'm not saying there's anything wrong with buying gear from someone who doesn't want to sell, but absolutely needs to sell it. And I'm not saying there's anything wrong with paying someone much less than you know the gear is actually worth, especially if that's what they're asking for it.

    As far as mental capacities? That might be up for debate. I don't know if you've been in a very desperate situation- especially when you've been in that type of situation for a long time and anxiety (and in turn, depression) builds up, you don't always make the best decisions. It could be argued that your decision making process can be compromised, especially in certain and/or particular circumstances.

    But look- if both parties walk away from a deal both feeling good about it, then that's completely fine with me. And I will reiterate that there's nothing wrong with buying what someone is selling. Even if you negotiate a lower price than they initially ask- I'm not making any kind of judgment calls on other people's behavior.

    For me, though? If I feel bad or even a little "dirty" after a transaction, I don't want anything to do with it. But that's just me. And I'm admittedly a *terrible* capitalist!
  15. WWW

    WWW Supporting Member

    Apr 25, 2009
    Dallas, TX
    I just picked up a Nux Solid Studio and am having a ball buying IRs for it. I’m even thinking about buying some software.

    Digital purchases for those of us who can’t keep our wallets closed!

    Funny, I was just ragging on the extreme survival nuts a few weeks ago. A few weeks from now I may be begging for the hind quarter of that squirrel.
  16. longgonedaddy

    longgonedaddy Supporting Member

    Jan 19, 2006
    Lehigh Valley, PA
    that’s probably the best guideline for it. I know when I’m negotiating a pedal, I’ll just ask the seller for a price that will make both of us happy, then gladly pay it.

    and as far as the original question, I’m business as usual with buying. With the caveat that I’m not going to buy from a COVID hotspot. Selling, not so much, as I’m in the middle of one.
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  17. motokev

    motokev Member

    Sep 15, 2006
    Anyone else buying gear because of COVID?

    been practicing....
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  18. stanshall

    stanshall Member

    Nov 21, 2009
    in the back of a dream car twenty foot long
    earlier today was playing one of my acoustics ... had a moment and I promised it I wouldn't sell it

    but I've closed all my many gear tabs for now, there won't be any new purchases for me until this crisis has passed and a strong recovery is underway

    but there will be lots of picking, hours of it ....

    still bookmarking things though, anticipating a better autumn ......
  19. jfb44

    jfb44 Member

    Aug 24, 2016
    You're foolish to think that a sanitizer with 60% alcohol will be 100% effective in disabling SARS-CoV-2.
  20. Bucksears

    Bucksears Silver Supporting Member

    Feb 20, 2007
    Clayton, NC (just east 'o Raleigh)
    I’m catching up on some long-standing guitar maintenance (stained one rosewood, one pao ferro and one laurel fretboard, and replacing pickups on three guitars), and will be reorganizing & (some) purging in my computer and music rooms.
    Taking a breather and appreciating what I have is nice.

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