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  • Sergio Niño
  • 6 March 2024
Sounds Market

In the vibrant universe of music, where every note is an expression of creativity and passion, the acquisition of instruments and equipment is critical for artists. However, finding quality products at affordable prices can be a challenge. This is where Sounds Market comes on board, a digital platform that not only facilitates the buying and selling of second-hand musical items, but also guarantees quality, security and integrity in every transaction.

In the digital age, where online shopping is the norm, having a safe space to purchase certified products, even if they are pre-owned, is of vital importance. Trust is the cornerstone of any business transaction, and in the world of music, where instruments and equipment are tools of work and artistic expression, this trust takes on even greater relevance. It is essential that the equipment arrives safely from the seller to the buyer, without mishaps or damage that could compromise its performance.

In our interview with the SOUNDS MARKET team, we found not only a safe, friendly platform that has created a solid community of artists all over Europe, but we also understood the reason for its great success; the passionate and committed people who are part of this family.

​The History of Sounds Market

Sounds Market started in Barcelona at the beginning of 2018 as an innovative idea of three friends passionate about music: Pau, Guillem and Jordi. Their vision was simple but powerful: to create an online space where musicians could buy and sell second-hand instruments with total security and confidence. With this premise, they embarked on the entrepreneurial adventure, pooling their savings and knowledge to develop a marketplace application that would revolutionize the way used musical equipment is traded.

Over the years, Sounds Market has faced a number of challenges, including the global pandemic of COVID-19, which shook the foundations of the live music industry. However, with tenacity and adaptability, the company has been able to overcome these obstacles and establish itself as a benchmark in the European second-hand market for musicians, producers and DJs.

With the economic backing of visionary investors and the achievement of public funding in Spain, the team made the decision to specialize in the electronic music market niche, launching a new business model of refurbished products for DJs and producers at the end of 2022.

Today, with the incorporation of Franc and Giulia, the team has grown and from its headquarters in Barcelona operates internationally throughout the European Union.

But how does the Sounds Market Marketplace work?

"It is not the same to pay and send a second-hand T-shirt or book for 20€ than a DJ equipment or electric guitar for 3.000€. For this reason, Sounds Market offers a specialized shipping service that we personally supervise, in which the seller must fill out an online form attaching photos of the product packaging for us to check and approve". Explains Pau Agustí Esmerats (founder of Sounds Market).

If the product does not pass inspection, the seller is advised to pack the product properly.

As for payments, these are made with escrow, which allows the buyer, once he has received the product, to have two days to verify that it is in the same condition in which it was described by the seller; otherwise, we make a return.

The key to Sounds Market's success lies in its approach to creating a trusted community based on security and quality of service between sellers, buyers and its highly efficient and capable mediator.

Each transaction is carefully supervised, from the publication of the product to the final delivery to the customer. The secure escrow payment system guarantees the protection of both the buyer and the seller, while the specialized shipping service ensures that the products arrive at their destination in perfect condition.

When it comes to purchasing used DJ equipment valued at $2,000, it's only natural that concerns arise about its quality and long-term durability. Sounds Market understands these concerns and strives tremendously to provide solutions that give its customers peace of mind. That's why, at the end of 2022, they decided to expand their services to offer certified products with a one-year warranty under the Sounds Market Certified seal.

At Sounds Market Certified, you're not just buying a used product; you're purchasing an item that has been thoroughly checked and, if necessary, repaired by our technical experts. Their focus on professional products ensures that they meet the highest standards before being certified and offered for sale on the platform. This guarantee of quality and reliability is what distinguishes Sound Market and allows us to offer an unparalleled shopping experience in the second-hand market for musicians, producers and DJs.

The greatest desire

"At Sounds Market we are determined to democratize the second hand in the music sector. Thanks to the security and specialization that we bring, we want second hand to become the first choice for any musician, DJ and producer. Not only because buying a second-hand product is cheaper, but also because it is much more sustainable for the planet". Says Pau

Sounds Market's vision is to become a valid alternative to any large ecommerce and store in Europe, competing on equal terms with the added value of prolonging the useful life of products and encouraging a more conscious and responsible consumption.

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