Are you interested in buying an electronic or acoustic drum set? Have you been endlessly searching Google in the hope of finding the best place to buy drums online? How can you tell genuine reviews from the countless affiliate websites that make recommendations for commissions, or high ranking web pages that just want to push their own brands?
This article is being written at the height of the Covid-19 Pandemic, and there is absolutely no doubt that the landscape of retail shopping has taken a major turn in the prior months. Many of us would prefer to go into a music store, talk to sales professionals, see the options available, and make our purchasing decisions. The reality is, depending on your local situation, that option will be limited or completely off the cards for some time to come, and as such, the long growing shift to online purchasing is even more of an attractive option, and for many people, the only option.
The good news is that there are great places to buy drums online, and this article will help you identify them, and guide you in conducting the right searches within these websites for the products you need.
Websites belonging to specialist drum stores.
Let's be honest, many specialist drum stores were struggling before the pandemic. While some adjusted well to online competition by launching their own websites and thus expanding their sales territory, the sheer volume of competition and the inevitable price wars that ensued sadly forced many good establishments out of business. Specialist drum shops are great for many reasons, and we wrote about this topic at length in this article. Unless we want to lose them completely, it's very important that we continue to support them.
Therefore, as you would expect from a company that always champions the efforts of the independent retailer, we recommend that you do a search of specialist drum stores. If there is one in your local area, that's even better, because once we get into a post-Covid world (fingers crossed) there are still many advantages to buying local, as this article explains. Using broad search terms like "top drum stores in the USA" (or wherever your local area may be) will show you pages of results. The first websites listed will always be companies that have paid for the privilege of higher page placements, so it's always worth looking at the organic results later down the page, and even subsequent pages, where most independent retailers will more likely be featured. Again, if you are keen to support local businesses, a search like "drum shops near me" will give you more focused results. Remember that paid adverts are likely to appear at the top of the page, and may not be local, even though your search was specific.
We've all come to accept, and indeed benefit from the fact that just about anything we need can be found on Amazon. It's a great service, and as such, has become somewhat of a thorn in the side for the traditional music retailer. None-the-less, it's a first-click resource for modern consumers. As you would expect, just about everything in drum land can be found on Amazon, which is all very well if you know exactly what you are searching for. It is worth remembering that while many orders are fulfilled from independent retailers that have their own presence on Amazon, the majority of product is sold direct and shipped from Amazon warehouses. It is therefore critical that you know exactly what you need, what is included, not included, and useful additional extras. While the "customers also bought these items" feature can be useful, it's not a definitive guide to all of the things you need when making a drum set purchase. Also, as some product descriptions can be somewhat vague, it can be the recipe for an incomplete gift or disappointment when you realize that you don't have everything you need.
Fear not. We have some very useful resources that can help you make your purchase, regardless of which platform you use.
Must-read articles that will help with your product searches.
We mentioned earlier in the article that there are many websites that get paid for recommending specific products and services, and these are know as affiliates. This is not necessarily something to be concerned with. Affiliate marketing is an accepted tool used by many companies, and there are some very good websites that offer solid reviews, and helpful information. You can normally identify them by the generic page titles, such as "Top drum brands of 2020" or "Best electronic drum sets under $1000." If you look at the homepage, or in some cases, the footer of the page that hosts the article, there is normally a disclaimer advising you that they may be receiving payments or commissions for recommending products. Again, this is quite normal and nothing underhand; but certainly something to be aware of in the best interests of impartiality and objectiveness.
Buying drums can be a little confusing if you are new to the game. If you have any questions relating to anything in this article, please feel free to email [email protected]. We are always happy to help!