As noted in our post about saving money on gear, buying used when the price drops to 50% or less of new is usually a good deal. It’s even better when the purchase comes with a quality rating up front and a warranty, which reduces risk to near zero. Along those lines, we seem to have hit some kind of tipping point in the market for used Digitech RPs: guitarcenter.com, one of the biggest online dealers of used gear, has numerous devices in good to very good condition available for less than 50% of retail.
RP155s in 5-star condition are selling on this site for $30. RP255s, which retail for $149.95, are selling on guitarcenter.com for as low as $55; four-star rated 255s are going for about $75, or half of retail. Three-star 255s are on offer for $65-70. RP355s are selling for as little as $99, or half retail, with 4 and 5 star rated devices going for $99-$149. RP500s are selling for as little as $149, or half of retail.
I bought most of my RP collection, including my latest purchase, the RP1000, used, and I’ve never had a problem with any of the used pieces. A 15-day warranty is plenty to figure out whether the device works, and if it works when you get it, it’s likely to keep working.
This big supply of used RPs in good or better condition is good news for people who’ve been waiting for good deals. Check out our store for advice on choosing an RP, and to order our patch set for yours.