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My first week on e-bay

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Untill a week or two ago I only knew that e-bay existed, but I never took a closer look. Then my wife told me she placed a bid on e-bay, on a stove for her sculpture studio. So I took a closer look on our local e-bay. Last saturday I got a Yamaha RBX-460 (flamed top, gold hardware) for a reasonable price. Thursday I got an Ibanez SR-705, the 5-string companion of the SR-700 that I owned already, for a very good price.

I picked both up already (small country).

I'm very pleased, but I'll stay away from e-bay for a while.

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I've been getting obnoxious e.mails from a seller whose description was in some crazy computer slang that I couldn't understand. I sent him an e.mail to have him clarify what he was selling, and must have offended him; he's sent me 5 responses.

I don't know what his point is with all the character attacking e.mail's; they're not going to make me buy his bass.

"Start listening to music!".

-Jeremy C

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haha, 73, can you link that auction to us? I'd like to see the funnyness
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Yeah, give us a link for humor. I have met some salesmen who fill their quota by being abusive or just plain annoying. If it gets too bad you can always request a flaming. :D

Let your speech be better than silence, or be silent.


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If you start getting annoyed by the guy, or if he gets threatening, you can (and should) report him to Ebay. They have a really detailed reporting system for people who violate the terms of service.

"For instance" is not proof.


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yea my first week on ebay cost me about 180 bucks total including shipping.


vintage morley volume/wah,all chrome

one big muff in excellent condition with warranty and box

and one badassII bridge with all hardware to mount

i'm awaiting shipping

"The world will still be turning when you've gone." - Black Sabbath


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You can find some great deals on EBay, but you have to be very careful.


Check each auction carefully. Myself, I wont bit on something if the seller has very little or no feedback. Also if the pictures are fuzzy, a warning sign to a scam. always contact the seller to see if they have more pics and a serial #. You can then contact the manufacturer to see how legit it is.


See the Sadowsky scam thread.


I havent bought anything over $50 in several years from ebay. The last was a PC, and altho it did have everything stated in the auction, the components were cheap knockoffs.

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You do have to be careful, but you can find good deals and nice gear. I have bought and sold many items and have had (knock on wood) good luck so far.


It's like shopping for anything anywhere. Just like they taught you on "The Brady Bunch" many years ago - caviat emptor (sp?) - buyer beware.

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Funny...I just receive my first negative feedback on eBay. Sold a CPU to someone in pristine condition. They broke it when installing it and wanted their money back. I said no. You break it, you bought it. They left negative feedback and I have got a couple of harrassing emails from them from different email addresses. I reported the person yesterday. I hope eBay takes off the unjust negative feedback...

Report the SOB. Letting it go just encourages more people to do it.



"Paranoid? Probably. But just because you're paranoid doesn't mean there isn't an invisible demon about to eat your face."

Harry Dresden, Storm Front

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There are also stories of hackers/scammers taking over people's accounts, so that is looks like your potential seller has tons of great feedback, but you still get robbed.


One thing I like to do, I don't know if it's frowned upon or not, but if I've made a pricy purchase, before I send money to the address the seller provided, I put together a quick email and send it out to the last 5 or 6 people who left positive feedback asking "excuse me for bothering you, but... is so and so the person you sent money to at such and such address?"


so far I've had no negative experiences and people have always responsed kindly. I'm not sure what I would do if somebody wrote back saying "no, that's not the same person!"



"You look hopefully for an idea and then you're humble when you find it and you wish your skills were better. To have even a half-baked touch of creativity is an honor."

-- Ernie Stires, composer

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