Looking for some electric guitar sales or perhaps looking to buy your first new or used electric guitar? I'm glad to help! I've bought (and sold) my share of guitars in my day. I've also made my share of mistakes!
The first question you'll want to consider is whether to buy new or used. There are advantages to both. With a new guitar, you get the joy of breaking in a new instrument, of making sure that everything about it is all "you" and - in most cases - you get a warranty that covers any issues that might arise.
Buying used, though, has many advantages as well. Unlike buying, say, a used computer, with a guitar, it's pretty easy to tell right away if there are any issues. Also, for the most part, guitars aren't terribly complex instruments. Once you pick up a used guitar and play it, you can tell if it's what you're looking for. And while having a warranty for a new instrument is great (especially for electronics), speaking only for myself, I can say that I've very rarely used a warranty for my guitars (a couple of times, yes). Just like buying a new car, once you take a new guitar "off the lot," it depreciates in value greatly (roughly 25%), so that's something to keep in mind.
Personally, I think you should be open to buying either new or used. Keep your options open, and you're more likely to find the guitar of your dreams!
If you're buying used, you have numerous options. Craigslist is a popular choice, and it gives you the chance to try out the guitar before you buy. And you probably know this, but if you do decide to meet someone to buy a guitar on Craigslist, make sure it's a public place. Honestly, a local music store like Guitar Center is a good choice, and they generally don't mind.
eBay is another good choice for both and used gear. As always, check the seller's feedback and their return policy carefully. The good news about buying gear used is that if you don't like it you can almost always sell it for the same price. Also, many dealers will sell their new gear for a discounted price on eBay if you make them an offer.
To state the obvious - there is no shortage of new guitars for sale online as well, from major retailers like Sweetwater and Musician's Friend to smaller music stores. Generally, such stores will allow you to return a guitar if you don't like it so long as it's in the same condition as when you bought it. You will often get free shipping as well as a tax break.
Some guys insist on buying guitars locally, and there are some advantages. You get to try out the guitar before you buy, and you can possibly negotiate the pricing in person. While you will have to pay your local sales tax, you don't need to worry about shipping, and you're more likely to be satisfied with your purchase.
Also, keep your eyes open for electric guitar sales that will occur during special times of the year like July 4th, Labor day, and the Christmas holidays. Some retailers save their biggest sales for these times of the year.
Two of the best places you look are eBay and Amazon, both of which continually offer some excellent bargains!