Buying or selling used salon equipment can be a great way to make money or reduce operating costs. Before making any decisions though, it’s important to have all the facts.
What You Will Learn
We’ll go over the basics of pricing and selling used equipment as well as why buying used beauty salon equipment can be a solid decision for your business.
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- Where To Sell Used Salon Equipment?
- How To Price Your Used Salon Equipment?
- Tips On Selling Used Salon Equipment
- Why Buy Used Salon Equipment?
Where To Sell Used Salon Equipment?
Figuring out where to sell your used equipment, whether it’s larger items like furniture and styling chairs or smaller things like a dryer or two, can seem daunting at first, but don’t let this discourage you.
Remember, there will always be someone out there who’s interested in your used equipment and salon furniture, especially if it’s in good condition.
Let’s take a look at some of the most common places where you’re likely to find used salon equipment for sale:
Sites like Facebook already have built-in marketplaces that make it easy to list and advertise items for sale, and many salon owners and independent stylists shop here to find the best deals. Make sure to include photos and detailed descriptions of each item.
If you have a lot of salon furniture or expensive used equipment that you’d like to sell online, using Facebook ads can be a great option to reach more potential buyers.
Auction Sites and Sales Apps
Another option is to list equipment and furniture on different sales websites like eBay or Spreeberry. While eBay is an auction site that’s likely to attract bidders looking for a good deal, you can still set a fixed price if you’re not interested in auctioning things.
Spreeberry’s website has a directory that lets you set categories for your items, making it easier to market your used hair salon equipment to beauty professionals looking for it.
Finally, you might try an app like Shprock. With no listing fee and more than 11 million items currently posted to it, it would be an understatement to say that services like this one are growing in popularity.
Online Classified Ads
If you’re looking to reach local salons, another great strategy is to use online classified ads. Websites like Craigslist and Gumtree make it easy to sonnet with a buyer in your area. While Craigslist often charges small fees for certain transactions, private sales on Gumtree are free.
Trade in at Supplier’s
Depending on where you purchased your styling chairs, dryers and other tools and equipment used in a salon, you might be able to trade them in when you upgrade. Some suppliers offer their clients the opportunity to trade in older items in order to save money on new one.
Before you start getting rid of anything, it’s worth asking them if they have a trade-in plan.
How To Price Your Used Salon Equipment?
Now that you’re ready to sell your equipment, it’s time to determine a price. The amount that you list a styling station, dryer or set of styling chairs for depends on a number of factors. When setting prices, keep the following in mind:
Look at what’s currently available to buy and then consider how much your own salon furniture or tools have depreciated in value due to age, damage or wear and tear. If it looks good and is likely to last for several more years, it’s easier to find a buyer and you can set the cost higher.
If your local online marketplace is flooded with salon chairs and used nail salon equipment, you’ll need to price things so that they’re attractive to buyers. Likewise, if you’re the only one selling these things in an area with several salons, you can take advantage of this opportunity.
Customizations and Upgrades
If you’ve had your salon chair reupholstered recently or refurbished older equipment, it’s essential that you take this into account- added value can be reflected in the item’s cost.
Another thing to consider is how much the buyer is likely to get out of the transaction- they’ll want a return on their investment, so you should set your prices accordingly (while still being fair to yourself).
Do you need to get rid of this styling station or dryer quickly, or can you wait a while? If you’re hoping to clear space or generate income fast, then your prices should reflect this.
Tips On Selling Used Salon Equipment
Make it Shine
Make sure to clean up salon chairs and other equipment before posting anything for sale. Get any necessary repairs done and have everything in working order. Buyers can be quick to argue down the purchase price over small flaws or cosmetic damage.
Take Good Photos
Never post just one image of a styling chair, dryer or other item when trying to sell it. Take clear photos from multiple angles, with a clean uncluttered background. People who shop online will be more likely to buy something that’s easy to understand and visibly good quality.
Write Detailed Descriptions
Explain in detail exactly what each item is, along with its features and any updates or modifications that have been done. Sellers who take the time to write good image descriptions create confidence in a buyer.
Know Your Buyers (And potential scammers)
Be wary of anyone who asks for delivery before payment is made. If you’re arranging pickup for an item, make sure that it’s done in a public place and preferable during daylight hours. Be clear on the terms of the sale and the agreed-on price beforehand.
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Why Buy Used Salon Equipment?
There are pros and cons of buying used salon equipment, but it can be a great option for many professionals who don’t need everything to be brand new. Here are a few situations when buying used salon equipment is best:
You’re Looking to Save Money
Setting up a salon can get very expensive. Gently-used salon equipment can cost a lot less than something brand new, especially if you’re buying more than one styling chair or dryer.
Negotiation is Possible
When you purchase multiple items (or even one, really) you’re often able to negotiate a better price or perks like free delivery. This can be a big plus for small business owners.
If you have a specific model in mind for your salon, then buying it used or refurbished will be a lot cheaper than buying the same older model from a supplier.
Vintage is Trending
An older model styling chair can be a really cool addition to your salon, especially if it looks unique and fits with your decor. Keep an eye out for beautiful and functional vintage pieces.
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Whether you’re selling used salon equipment wholesale or just looking to make some room in your shop for new chairs, there are a ton of options available.
We recommend checking out what’s already available in your area, then taking the time to create good-quality photos and descriptions of your items. This will make it easier to connect each piece with a buyer.
The same goes for anyone buying used salon equipment. Don’t be afraid to negotiate, ask questions and get all the information you need before agreeing to a transaction.
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