Ben Sullivan

Founder at Ayrne
Artist, Traveler, and Lover of the Beauty of Life

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This is a comparison of the top 4 music stores that offer in house financing without a credit check. Each payment plan has been carefully evaluated with the goal of singling out the very best option for consumers. You may also want to check out my extensive list of musical instrument financing options including store credit, credit cards, payment plans, leasing, layaway, and more!

In review are Zzounds, American Music Supply, Sweetwater and Same Day Music.  Each of these companies offers a unique payment plan with different terms which are compared (below).

The 1st thing to look at is the number of payments available for financing music gear without a credit check.  Having more payments gives you additional time to pay off your music equipment and equates to easier, more manageable payment amounts.

Zzounds Pay as You Play plan offers the best payment option, in my opinion, because it stretches the order total over a very reasonable 4 months.  American Music Supply’s ‘EzPay’ ties for 2nd place with Sweetwater’s ‘3 Payment Plan.’  Both companies offer 3 payment musical instrument financing over 3 months.  Same Day Music came in last place, offering just 2 payments over a 60 day term.

Another thing to look at when financing musical instruments is the amount of money you need to spend on an order to qualify for payment options.

For this comparison, Sweetwater has a substantially lower up front costs to access financing.  In fact, they only require $45.00 in your cart for payment plan eligibility. Zzounds, American Music Supply, and Same Day Music all require a minimum $249.00 before you can access payment options.

As much as being able to qualify for financing with just $45 in your cart may seem helpful, it’s good to remember that all 4 of these stores charge a $10 fee for providing payment options.  If you look at this in terms of interest, roughly 22% of a $45.00 order with Sweetwater is going towards that $10 fee.  So it actually makes sense to finance more rather than less if you want your money to go toward music gear instead of fees.  With Zzounds, this works out to be about 1% per each month of financing extended to you, with American Music Supply it’s about 1.33% per month and with Same Day Music, it’s about 2%.

Last is customer satisfaction.  Sweetwater has a slight 0.4 point edge over Zzounds and American Musical at the moment. Same Day Music does not have any established history with Bizrate at present and the company has assigned them a score of zero.  It’s worth noting that Same Day Music customers could be absolutely thrilled with the company, but without an established Bizrate history, there’s no way to know.

My final verdict is Zzounds.  With the longest payment term, lowest maximum fee to order ratio, lowest fee to monthly payment ratio, and just a 0.4 difference in customer satisfaction, this company is the clear best choice for music fans.

You can click the big red button below to visit the Zzounds website. 

Update, 01/30/2017: zZounds has actually lowered their financing fee, added tiers, and made a six payment option available. They’ve also lowered the qualifying spend amount to just $59. This makes their payment plans more competitive than ever! I’m including a chart below with the updated fees for financing in each tier.

As you can see, zZounds has really upped their game with their new pay as you go pricing. Here’s the updated list of available payment options. Please note that only the 4 payment option on $59-$1000 is currently available without a credit check.

Current Payment PlansCredit Check?
4 Payments on most music gear between $59-$1000No
6 Payments on select  music gear up to $3000Yes/No (See Offer)
8 Payments on select  music gear up to $3000Yes
12 Payments on select gear from $3000 to $4000Yes

 

Note: The information contained in this article was accurate as of the time it was written and is subject to possible change. This content is not provided or commissioned by the credit issuer. Opinions expressed here are author’s alone, not those of the credit issuer, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the credit issuer. Every reasonable effort has been made to maintain accurate information, however all credit  information is presented without warranty. After you click on a link you will be directed to the credit issuer’s website where you can review the current terms and conditions that they offer.

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I am an artist, traveler, and lover of the beauty of life
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