How to Find Cheap Second-Hand Drum Sets

Drumming is undoubtedly one of the most enjoyable pastimes that exist. When it comes to musical instruments, the drum sets can be one of the most appealing to take up playing. But there is one thing that can be incredibly off-putting about this instrument, and that is the price.

There’s no denying that drum sets are expensive to buy. A brand-new drum set can often cost more than $1,000 to buy.

But if you know where to look then you can easily get a good quality drum set for a fraction of this cost. That is if you buy it second-hand. 

It can be easy to frown upon used equipment, but when it comes to drum sets, you can often get a fantastic bargain by buying one that has been used. In fact, the used drum set market is thriving with people looking to buy a kit second-hand.

The best place to find a second-hand drum set is online. For some people, this can be a daunting prospect, but there’s no need to worry because we’ve put together this handy guide to help. So if you want to find out exactly where to look for your second hand drum set then keep on reading.

Search on eBay

When it comes to finding cheap second-hand drum sets, there are two platforms which stand out from the rest. The first is eBay. This platform has always been excellent when it comes to finding bargains, and it is a great tool to use to find out if there are any used drum sets for sale in your area.

The search settings on eBay aren’t that great which is slightly limiting, but it is excellent if you have a very specific make or model of drum set that you are looking for. It is also a great place to look if you are trying to find a drum set that has been discontinued or can no longer be bought in regular music stores.

Unlike some other online selling platforms, the majority of sellers on eBay are private. On other platforms you will find that some stores and companies will actively sell their products on there. But when it comes to eBay, most of the time you will be dealing directly with the person who is selling that item.

This is why eBay is also a great place to look if you want to try to get a cheaper price. This site offers the ability to contact the seller, meaning that you can usually get some variation on the price.

You also have a higher chance of getting the drum set that you want for a cheaper price as most of the sellers on eBay will be eager to move their drum set on.

On selling sites where larger companies sell their second-hand sets, they will usually have storage facilities for this equipment. But private sellers on eBay are usually storing the drum set somewhere in their home, so they might accept a lower price if it means that the drum kit will be taken away.

So if you have a very specific type of drum set that you want, or are after an uncommon drum set then eBay is a good place to start. Here are some examples of second-hand drum sets that are available on eBay at great prices.

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Search on Amazon

If you aren’t searching for a very specific type of drum set, then Amazon might be a better place to search. While eBay is made up of private sellers generally selling on drum sets that they had once used, Amazon is full of different companies (and also some private sellers) who offer used drum sets.

When it comes to buying almost anything, Amazon is a name that keeps popping up. After all, Amazon is essentially an online department store, so it is unsurprising that they have such a huge range of products on offer.

This is why Amazon is a great place to look for used drum sets, made even better when you realize that this website also gives you the ability to search for stock all over the USA. So if a drum set that you like is cheaper in Colorado than LA, there is nothing stopping you from purchasing the cheaper option.

Amazon may also be the better option if you don’t want the hassle of having to collect your used drum set yourself. There is nothing wrong with eBay, but as a lot of the people offering products on there are private sellers, they simply will not have the logistics to transport a used drum kit from one side of the country to another. But Amazon is one of the largest companies in the world, so you can buy from anywhere in the country.

There are three different methods that you can use to try and find the best prices of used drum sets on Amazon. So let’s take a look at how you can use these methods to find the perfect used drum set for you.

Warehouse Deals

When you look at the Amazon website, it can seem quite easy to use at first. But when you actually take a deeper look at it, you will notice that it is actually an absolute beast of a website.

There are probably so many parts of the Amazon website that you have never visited, and it is likely that one of these parts is the warehouse deals section.

On the surface, the Amazon website is easy to navigate. But if you want to find things, such as the warehouse deals page, then the best way to do so is to utilize Google. Simply search ‘Amazon Warehouse Deals Drum Sets’ and you should find the link easily.

This link will give you access to all the used drum sets that are available under the Amazon Warehouse section of the website. As the name suggests, you will generally be able to get a better deal by searching through this section as they are all considered deals. To find the best prices, simply search by “lowest offer for each” and you will find a wide variety of bargains available.

Amazon Outlets

Alternatively, you might choose to use Amazon Outlets to find the used drum set for you. If you want a drum kit in a hurry then this definitely isn’t the one for you, but if you are happy to be patient then you could be able to get a good deal by using Amazon Outlets.

With Amazon Outlets, they are something that you will have to continually check back on if you want to get a good deal. You might enter the outlet website one day and find that there is absolutely nothing available, and on others you might find that the outlet is overloaded with great deals of excellent used drum sets.

But as we mentioned, this way of buying a used drum set is only really appropriate if you are not in a rush to get your hands on a set. If you need a used drum set quickly, you would be better off using the next way of searching Amazon.

Shop by Department

Finally, you can use Amazon to search for second-hand drum sets by department. To do this, you will need to select the musical department from the options. Once you have done this, you will then also need to use the navigation bar to filter the results down until you are only seeing used drum sets.

This is fairly easy to do, and made even better by the fact that you can also filter by the amount of discount offered on a product. So if you are looking for an excellent deal on a used drum set, this is probably the best method to use.

There is one catch with this method, and that is that it can be a little hard to find the discounts once you have searched for them. Often Amazon will have multiple different sellers (including themselves) offering a specific type of drum set.

As Amazon owns the website, their price will always show first, even if they aren’t offering a discount on that product. In order to find the sellers offering discounts and better prices you will need to click on the “more buying choices” button beneath the Amazon price.

After you have clicked this, a whole list will be displayed on your screen of different sellers offering that used drum set at excellent prices. This means that you can search through until you find the best deal for you.

But be aware that these products are often not being sold by Amazon themselves, so always check the rating and reputation of the seller before you give them your money.


So if you are looking for a cheap used drum set, then use the methods that we have suggested above.

It might require a little patience, but between Amazon and eBay you are almost guaranteed to find a used drum set at a great price.