Behringer’s free online marketplace for used music gear, freemusictribe.com, has now officially opened its doors. Will it become the new hub for buying and selling gear that the company envisions?
The launch announcement came last week, and we were as curious as anyone to see what freemusictribe.com would look like. Now we know, and it’s time for a first attempt at answering the question: Will Behringer / Music Tribe’s unusual move into the used gear market be the end of buying and selling instruments on eBay, Reverb and other platforms?
The site lets you browse gear by categories like Audio Interfaces, Controllers, Drums and Percussion or Guitar and Bass. The categories seem to be quite specific; for example, there are eight different categories of audio interfaces. You can further refine your search using filters like brand, price range and country, and there seems to be a scale from 1 to 10 for the item’s condition. The whole thing seems to be set up for a massive number of items, which means that Music Tribe is really going all in with this one.
The Deals and Promos and New Products tabs are an indication that Music Tribe may be planning to use the platform to sell their own new products, as well. As of now, there’s not much going on there, so we’ll have to wait and see what those categories will bring.
A free account is required for buying and selling gear on freemusictribe.com, which was to be expected. You can create a dedicated account or log in using Facebook. Selling requires you to set up your own “shop” on the site.
Behringer / Music Tribe acknowledges that freemusictribe.com is still a work in progress. In fact, the company is asking for your feedback and suggestions in a recent Facebook post. They say that they’re working on buyer and seller protection systems as the next step. That’s an absolute necessity, especially for a worldwide marketplace like this one. So there’s a bit of work still to be done, and it’ll be a while until we know how well the site will be received by the community.