#1
I've considered this several times, but not being able to try it out and being either stuck with a crappy guitar or a 50$ shipping/re shelving fee sounds really unappealing..

You guys have any experiences with buying instruments online you'd like to share?
#2
I've bought several online and never ran into any issues. They're going to vary somewhat depending on the manufacturer. I've never blindly ordered though (as much sense as that makes). Have always gotten a chance to play a very similar model if not the exact model before placing my order.