August 4, 2009 by Tim
As we all know we can find inexpensive ukes on Ebay, but there are many more places to find great deals! You just have to know where to go and sometimes who to ask.
Wait and See Deal
MusiciansFriend.com Stupid deal of the day- Every so often there are ukuleles that come up for sale on their site. I bought a Rogue a couple of years back for $17 with free shipping (Not bad with $10 Worth strings on it). just look everyday and you may get lucky. I will post if one does show up.
Seconds are a good way to get a pretty good deal on instruments that have minor cosmetic flaws. Usually they play just great. Just be aware of what you are buying and ask what is actually wrong with it before purchasing.
Risa – Risa has a section on their site for seconds and demos. I purchased a black soprano solid 2 years ago, and it came from Germany in no time. I have seen many great instruments on the site.
Ukuleleworld.com – I am always looking on this site. I love how many ukuleles they have at a very good price, but you can get some even cheaper. They have a section called Luthier’s Flea Market. As of right now there are 2 ukes on it, but I have seen books, cases, gig bags, bulk tuners, just everything.
Flea Market Music Store - While I was doing the review of the Fluke I asked if they had seconds that they sell, the answer is yes, you just have to call or e-mail to see what they have. Dale said that they can be up to 20% off the prices you find on the website store. Just contact them here for inventory requests.
Mim’s Ukes - I met Mim at summer NAMM 2010, she is the person holding the Ohana sopranino in this post. She owns a Hawaiian Snow/Ukulele shop in Charlotte, NC. While I was talking with her she told me that she sells seconds. All you have to do is call her and ask what she has and she will give you a great deal. Tell her Tim from Ukeeku sent you.
On a sad note; Kamaka use to have seconds for sale at the factory, but no more. I guess they stopped it a few years back. Just keep in mind that it never hurts to ask any place or manufacture that sells ukuleles about their stock of seconds.
Flea market Music Market Place – I love to take a look every so often on this site. You will see some good deals and some not so good deals. I can guarantee that you will see a huge variety.
Ukulele Underground Forum – On the UU forums there is a section called market place. It has a ton of great ukuleles for sale at great prices. Take a look, you will be surprised on what you find.
If you know of any others please leave a comment for all to see. I hope this helps people who want a good ukulele but don’t care if some person in a factory put their fingerprint into the finish or may have dropped it…a few times.