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Huge Guy
My muscles sure are mean!
Join date: Sep 2012
792 IQ
#1
We had the thread last week about ebay buying experiences so I figured I'd start one about Craig's List.

I've gotten some great deals on gear on CL but occaisionally I've run into some duds and this one takes the cake!

It was listed as a Schechter Omen with hardcase, the seller did not know how much it was worth and asking $100. He said it was "kinda beat up" and I imagined some cosmetic damage like scratches, chips, stuff like that. Talked him down to $70. There were no pics; he said he did not know how to upload pics.

Jumped in the care and plugged his address into the GPS. I ended up on a wooded dead-end street and could not locate the actual address. At that point I saw this kid (must've been around 16 or so) walking out of the woods carrying a flimsy, dilapidated acoustic case. So I start wondering if there's even a guitar in there!

The kid says his parents don't like him giving out their address which was why he brought me to such a place. He puts the case in the middle of the street and opens it up. Yes, it's a Schechter Omen but I have never seen a guitar in such horrible shape. The bridge was missing and all the hardware was rusted. Two strings were left. The body had numerous large chips and the body and neck had white paint splashed on it. I'm not sure if it had been dropped or smacked against a wall or what. It looked like something he'd pulled out of a dumpster. He claimed his friend had left it in his basement a few years back.

This thing was in such poor condition that I didn't think it would be worth the effort (or cash!) to get it back in working order so of couse I told the kid I'd have to pass.
jeleopard
Jackson Fanboy!
Join date: Apr 2011
1,720 IQ
#2
I've gotten 3 basses over CL. I make sure I get all their phone numbers and/or addresses so if something's wrong I can just contact them. They've all been.... well, solid in condition. Sure, 2 of them just weren't my thing (just got the third one today, pretty psyched. Seems mostly okay), but mostly pleasant experiences.
Legion!
Original 1969 Fender Jazzmaster
Ibanez RG8
Jackson JS32R Dinky "Curry"
Schecter KM7
83 Gibson Explorer "Kimmy"
MiM Fender Jazz Bass "Pancho"
Ibanez SR485
Peavey 6505+ 112
Line 6 POD HD500
W4RP1G
Please, call me Pig.
Join date: May 2010
2,847 IQ
#3
I've actually never bought anything on CL, but I've sold many things, like musical equipment, furniture, appliances, and even a Toyota 4Runner.

Overall, I like selling on it, but it can be scary to invite strangers to your home, and a pain to meet them somewhere. I once drove 30 minutes across town to meet a guy at Guitar Center so he could try out my Les Paul. He tried it for a good 30 minutes and then told me that he's decided that Les Pauls aren't his thing. I wanted to kill him.

I actually sold a mini fridge on CL the other day, and I'm selling a dresser in a few hours, and possibly my Vypyr 15 tomorrow. Usually the people I meet are not trying to scam or mug me, but sometimes they can be annoying, especially when I've made it clear that the price is firm and they still try to haggle.

Also, I only operate through email these days, and I ignore emails from people that are clearly stupid or are obviously not going to pay what I'm asking.

And I should add that the best deals I've found on used musical equipment have been either at GC or at a pawn shop.
Last edited by W4RP1G at Nov 19, 2012,
monwobobbo
Registered User
Join date: Jul 2009
608 IQ
#4
had less than great luck with cars on CL. as for guitars and other gear i really haven't bought anything but i have done a couple of trades. this proved to be a rather big challenge as the number of morons seems to grow when you try to trade. had a US made early 90s Hamer Diablo with a very rare special order only maple neck and fretboard. put it up for trade preferably for a US made Strat. can't even tell you how many bottom of the barrel squier strats i was offered. anothe guy said he had an early 80s japanese squier strat whch i did take a look at. the guitar had been stripped of ti's finish and just about anything that would indicate it was what he said. passed. after a few tries i did finally get the 89 strat Plus deluxe i now play. the guy was very cool and drove almost 60 miles to meet me. he plays in a judas priest tribute band and my hamer was close enough to the glen tipton hamer ( hamer doesn't make a production version of it).

traded some pedals with another guy that while very nice seemed rather clueless. i could have screwed him royally but chose to be a nice guy (still came out ahead on that deal.
J_W
Registered User
Join date: Jan 2012
65 IQ
#5
I love CL.

Got a Mesa Tremoverb for 600 bucks because the idiot thought it was broken when it was really the input jack on his crappy guitar.

Recently got a LTD Viper 401FM in brand new condition for 300.

Just picked up an Ibanez Prestige RGR1570 in near mint condition for 400.
Rickshaw Jah
Banned
Join date: Oct 2012
20 IQ
#6
I've bought, traded and sold alot of gear on cl. My best deal was a trade in which I got rid of a $300 beginners guitar for an older rg1570. My worst was a trade for a gibson lp studio. I didn't look at it super well and a couple frets had pitting so I sold it to my luthier at a loss.
I creep cl almost everyday still.
gregs1020
Hi mom!
Join date: Dec 2007
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#7
the trick to criagslist is talking to people on the phone to make sure they aren't complete idiots.

one call tells a lot about a person.

if they come across as a total flake, i opt out politely.
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I don't think I've ever played anything in black walnut. It's a great ice cream flavor, so I assume it works well for a strat too.

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Huge Guy
My muscles sure are mean!
Join date: Sep 2012
792 IQ
#8
Quote by gregs1020
the trick to criagslist is talking to people on the phone to make sure they aren't complete idiots.

one call tells a lot about a person.

if they come across as a total flake, i opt out politely.


But sometimes the dopes are the ones who don't understand the value of what they have!
polishedbullet
Can't Read
Join date: Oct 2008
2,064 IQ
#9
I've upgraded my entire rig through craigslist over the past 2.5 years. If you give it time (and have enough patience for the dumbasses you'll encounter), you can find some amazing things off of it. I've gone up from a Crate Blue Voodoo to an Orange RV50 in two years while spending minimal cash thanks to craigslist.

With that being said, the sketchiest thing I've had to do is walk down to a potential seller's basement to try out his 5150. He had his own little electronic repair business out of the corner of his basement, complete with business cards, but the entire time I felt like I was in a Deliverance setting (cue banjo intro).
mattrusso
Registered User
Join date: Jul 2012
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#10
As the person that made the ebay thread, I'd like to say I've had great experiences with craigslist. I've bought probably half of the gear I've ever owned on there (not an exaggeration) and I've sold everything there as well (except for my recent ebay experience, which you know about). I've got some awesome stuff for great prices and I couldn't recommend it more. However, you have to be careful. Aside from the obvious scams, (which, honestly, if you fall for one, you probably deserve it) there are occasionally some ****ed up people out there. My dad had a crazy experience like this. He called someone about a car that was way undervalued. After talking to the person, he decided something wasn't right and forgot about it. Eventually, a local news story came out about someone trying to buy a car on craigslist and getting set up and robbed. My dad put two and two together and figured out it was the same ad that he had called about. It could have been him if he wasn't careful. Here's the story:

http://www.nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/DA/NewsReleases/2008/120408banach.html

The moral of the story is: craigslist is a great option (maybe the best) for buying used gear, but you have to be careful!
JustRooster
Internet Bully
Join date: Jan 2005
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#11
90% of my trades/buys/sells are via craigslist. 95% of the time it's been a very positive experience. I do tend to share the same taste in gear as many 40 year old men, though, so that could be a lot of it.

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W4RP1G
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Join date: May 2010
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#12
Quote by mattrusso
The moral of the story is: craigslist is a great option (maybe the best) for buying used gear, but you have to be careful!

This is very true. I find it's best to meet someone during the day in a nice area outside of a busy store. Once I even met a guy across the street from a police station.

And when I meet people at my apartment, I usually don't tell them what number it is so I can meet them in the parking lot, and if they look shady of show it up with a group of people, I'll just go inside. Fortunately I've never had to do that.
zenbone
King of two things...
Join date: Jun 2011
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#13
i buy and sell a lot, usually i set up a meeting in a very public place. i am selling a Teisco guitar locally - meeting a guy wednesday AM at a local Panera restaurant. Generally i have had good experiences, have met some loons but i am really layed back about the transactions. If it is a bad deal for either party i walk. But there are some scams so you gotta do your homework.
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trashedlostfdup
diet coke fiend.
Join date: Apr 2010
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#14
i am sure i have done 50+ deals on craigslist in the last two years, probably a lot more. i have only had one real problem, but it was rectified. made a lot of money off of people that they didn't know they had. got tons of stuff. if its something you have to plug in to use, i guess they may have to go in your house, or you could even run an extension cord to the outside. i have an outside outlet by my front door. if somebody seems questionable i will do that. i also have a vacant house near mine that i will direct some people to.

i know that people will flame for this, but i have a weapons permit and carry a 9mm it goes everywhere it can. i also always have a boot knife. and i don't think you would find me dead in any shoe until the day i die. Florida has good protection laws and god forbid i was threatened i would be able to use what force to what was required.

but seriously i have only had a few people that were assholes, but most of the people i deal with in the area are very pleasant and respectful.

may not be true for everybody or everybody's area, but i have always been fine.
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youre just being a jerk man.
W4RP1G
Please, call me Pig.
Join date: May 2010
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#15
Quote by trashedlostfdup
but seriously i have only had a few people that were assholes, but most of the people i deal with in the area are very pleasant and respectful.

I'm guessing that you sell on CL often? Do you get many hagglers and low-ballers?

How do you deal with that? I know some sellers ask a high price on purpose to haggle down, so some buyers expect that. But I personally hate to haggle, so I usually ask a fair price and say it's firm.

The low-ballers piss me off though. I've had people just be downright insulting with it too. When I sold my 4Runner, the guy tried to get me to drop the price $1000 for a broken motor mount and a leaky steering box, all the while telling me it's junk and more trouble than it's worth.

Maybe I just don't have the patience to sell stuff
JustRooster
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#16
When you get lowballers you just politely decline. I actually don't get haggled much.

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BlackIce87
Registered User
Join date: Dec 2008
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#17
Craigslist is almost a second income to me as a college student. I've made over $2500 in trades since this time last year. Most people I meet are really nice, and i've never had a problem. Although, some people are definitely "characters". I always meet people out front of a busy public place like a store and I try to bring someone with. I once sold a Spider III to a neo-nazi. Still was a nice respectful guy though.

One time I was going to look at an abandoned sports car that was on this guys property. I literally went 10 miles on a one lane dirt road into the hills with no cell reception at all. I show up and the guy is wearing a suit and an eye patch. That was the day I thought my clist dealings had caught up with me. Again, he turned out to be a super nice guy
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trashedlostfdup
diet coke fiend.
Join date: Apr 2010
13,457 IQ
#18
Quote by W4RP1G
I'm guessing that you sell on CL often? Do you get many hagglers and low-ballers?

How do you deal with that? I know some sellers ask a high price on purpose to haggle down, so some buyers expect that. But I personally hate to haggle, so I usually ask a fair price and say it's firm.

The low-ballers piss me off though. I've had people just be downright insulting with it too. When I sold my 4Runner, the guy tried to get me to drop the price $1000 for a broken motor mount and a leaky steering box, all the while telling me it's junk and more trouble than it's worth.

Maybe I just don't have the patience to sell stuff


i really don't get any lowballers. i just ignore or say a respectful no and maybe (maybe) make a counter offer (maybe 10% less than you have it listed at). some of them want the gear and just think you are stupid. i have had somebody offer me half then i talked him up and we agreed at 80% and we were both happy. that was just once though. and selling car parts, those bring in a different game than the musicians.

i avoid the lowballers by saying something like "i am open to offers but they must be reasonable, however i do not need to sell this at the time, so i may not go lower than the listed price.

however if you need money that doesn't work.

always sell 10-20% more than your minimum. you want $420 and list it at that and somebody gets you down to $400 or $390 or something and think they have the good end of the deal and you are both happy.

the most trouble i have ever had happened twice. both were multi-item trades, and one had cash involved. one was selling tools for a $2000 ludwig shell set. we moved tools back and fourth and some i didn't really have a number on and we just eventually got it to what we both thought was fair.

the other one was i traded a JCA50head and a shitty 2x12" (paid $300 for both) plus a cheaper guitar (maybe valued at $400. i got a $2000 custom shop hand hammered copper snare, a 5000 series two leg hihat stand, A zildjian 13" hi-hats a 16" and 18" a custom crashes a 10" sabian splash, and a DW5000 double bass pedal and a snare case. i got the good end there but things were constantly going back and fourth. he sure got shafted, but it was his ignorance to not know what you are selling and buying.

for a while i was doing multiple a day but in the last 6 months or so maybe two a month. i made IIRC ~$12000 profit and increased asset (gear) in 2011 over probably 30 trades. for example, another was a MIM tele for a tama starclassic maple set and an extra pearl steel shell snare. $250 guitar probably $1200 drumset.

i have had in my posession to date 60+ guitars. own probably 22, and i have at least a dozen amps, most quite decent.

you just gotta do it. and take your time and be patient. i will let an item sit for months sometimes, but somebody always buys it.
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youre just being a jerk man.
dannyalcatraz
Black Cherry Jello
Join date: Dec 2008
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#19
I can't bring myself to do Craigslist: I live in a major metropolitan area, and we have had a rash of sexual assaults and muggings over the past 2 years by guys using the site to select their prey.

Yeah, it's probably a statistical aberration, but I have no interest in being a statistic.
Sturgeon's 2nd Law, a.k.a. Sturgeon's Revelation: “Ninety percent of everything is crap.”

Why, yes, I am a lawyer- thanks for asking!


alhaq369
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samuraigoomba
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Join date: Oct 2012
491 IQ
#20
Every time I've purchased electronics (video game systems, etc) through craigslist, I've been swindled to some extent. You just don't have time to properly test something like that long enough to find problems. In some cases, the seller may not even be aware of problems. >_> Lots of people don't understand what such-and-such game system failure indicates in terms of problems down the road.

One guy, though... Long story short, he sold me a system that seemed to work just fine, except he was in kind of a creepy neighborhood. I get it home and, surprise surprise, the only reason the system worked was because the games had already been loaded on the system. Disc drive was shot, had to buy a replacement and learn how to pull the part myself through youtube videos. :| Everything worked out, but I don't use craigslist for anything with software these days. I was young and dumb in those days. :p

When it comes to guitars, Craigslist pisses me off. About half of the listings at any given time are First Act-style starter guitars. The rest are way, way overpriced. I know sellers overprice so they can go down a bit during discussions, but to see a random MIK schecter in used mediocre condition for $650 is crazy stupid, especially when the buyer says the price is firm. I rarely see any deals on guitars at CL, seems like everything posted on there is cheaper at guitar center or ebay, and in both cases I can have them ship it to my house. Maybe the CL in my area just blows.
The_Musician321
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#21
Quote by Huge Guy
But sometimes the dopes are the ones who don't understand the value of what they have!



I'd like to say that I got my G-400 from CL. This is absolutely the case. Lady wasn't a dope but she definetly didn't know what she had. She asked for 200, and I talked her down to 125 after I saw the neck pick-up was, what I thought, pushed through the cavity. All I had to do was adjust it with the screw. So I got a pretty decent G-400 practically brand new which retails for almost 400. Only other time I made a CL purchase was an Ibanez bass which I was also happy with.
Huge Guy
My muscles sure are mean!
Join date: Sep 2012
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#22
Whenever I got to look at a guitar I always bring my Boss Micro BR, a cord, and headphones so I can check the guitar out in case an amp is not available.
gregs1020
Hi mom!
Join date: Dec 2007
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#23
Quote by Huge Guy
But sometimes the dopes are the ones who don't understand the value of what they have!

you missed my point.

someone who doesn't understand value and an idiot who won't be where you are supposed to meet are two different things.
Quote by Roc8995
I don't think I've ever played anything in black walnut. It's a great ice cream flavor, so I assume it works well for a strat too.

Quote by JustRooster
The slugs in the pickups for telecasters are from old winchester rifles, which is why they sound so country.
Huge Guy
My muscles sure are mean!
Join date: Sep 2012
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#24
Quote by gregs1020
you missed my point.

someone who doesn't understand value and an idiot who won't be where you are supposed to meet are two different things.


True dat. Luckily I haven't had any issues with no-shows yet.
Huge Guy
My muscles sure are mean!
Join date: Sep 2012
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#25
Another pet peave of mine (and this applies to ebay, too) is people who list crappy Squiers as "Fender." They need a mod who goes though and deletes those type of ads.
The_Musician321
Registered User
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#26
CL has reporting ads, and Ebay has the seller rating. Pretty good ways of keeping the mob some what intelligent about things they post.
SteveHOC
Used Register
Join date: Jul 2012
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#27
I've had pretty good experiences thus far using Craigslist. I've always been able to trade up and make the best out of seemingly goofy buying and selling transactions.

I think the worst part of selling on Craigslist is the general sense I get that most people are either illiterate or too lazy to read. I have a guitar listed currently that clearly states that I am not looking to do any direct trading, but would consider shaving some off the price if the buyer has one of the pedals I have listed. Thus far today I've gotten an offer for an iPad and a baritone guitar - though I have clearly stated that I'm not looking to pick up more stuff that I simply won't use. No matter how clearly you state it, people see an ad and think, "great, I can get that guy to take my junk, wakka, wakka".

I don't really mind people haggling with me, though I really try to be fair in my pricing of the things I sell. I've taken to pricing up some gear just because I want the seller to have the sense that they've "won" the bargaining and are getting a good deal. It's really manifested the manipulator in me I suppose.

Transversely, my wife, who has only sold on Craigslist a couple of times, has taken to playing buyers against each other. She's a photographer and occasionally sells her old gear, so she'll make the deal with two different buyers, tell the buyer about their competition, and basically whoever shows up first gets the equipment. I'm always with her when she does this, as I could see it being a bit of an ugly situation, but it seems to have worked for her in the past.

Everyone likes getting a good deal, beating the tax, and feeling like a winner or an expert seller. It's a shame that there are some who abuse Craigslist and use it to con people or for violent reasons, but such is the nature of our world. Always meet in a public place, always have someone waiting in the car with you, or at least meet in the daylight near a street where there are witnesses. Anything short of that and you can only blame yourself if something goes awry. Hell, I'm pretty sure my next meeting will be in front of a police station, I'm pretty sure they wouldn't mind a little proactive thinking.
SteveHOC
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#28
Quote by Huge Guy
Another pet peave of mine (and this applies to ebay, too) is people who list crappy Squiers as "Fender." They need a mod who goes though and deletes those type of ads.


This also drives me nuts. There are also the folks who list a "Gibson" for $1 just to get you to check the ad, then it turns out to be an Epiphone Les Paul Special II. I could slap someone.

I had a guy try to do a trade with me the other day with his Gibson Les Paul Black Beauty - a $5,000 guitar. When I basically called him nuts and said I couldn't in good conscience do the trade, he informed me that the guitar was a Chinese copy with Gibson on the headstock. I have since seen the guitar listed as a Gibson on Craigslist and only when you read through his ad does he disclose that the guitar is a copy. Talk about fine-print.
jjfeu662
Celestia
Join date: Jun 2012
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#29
Some guy wanted $200 for that Bronze Series Warlock that only has one pickup. What do they call those and how much are they new?
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ConcertShooter
Banned
Join date: Oct 2012
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#30
My experience has been good overall with Craigslist. Have gotten some good items and deals. However, here is my latest experience and post on CL as relates to an Epiphone Dot listed for sale. One just needs to be prudent and careful just as in other areas of life.

re: Cherry Red Epiphone Dot (with case) - $350 (Mobile)
http://mobile.craigslist.org/msg/3423271058.html

Jonny Lang
Last edited by ConcertShooter at Nov 20, 2012,
W4RP1G
Please, call me Pig.
Join date: May 2010
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#31
Quote by trashedlostfdup
i really don't get any lowballers. i just ignore or say a respectful no and maybe (maybe) make a counter offer (maybe 10% less than you have it listed at). some of them want the gear and just think you are stupid. i have had somebody offer me half then i talked him up and we agreed at 80% and we were both happy. that was just once though. and selling car parts, those bring in a different game than the musicians.

i avoid the lowballers by saying something like "i am open to offers but they must be reasonable, however i do not need to sell this at the time, so i may not go lower than the listed price.

however if you need money that doesn't work.

always sell 10-20% more than your minimum. you want $420 and list it at that and somebody gets you down to $400 or $390 or something and think they have the good end of the deal and you are both happy.

the most trouble i have ever had happened twice. both were multi-item trades, and one had cash involved. one was selling tools for a $2000 ludwig shell set. we moved tools back and fourth and some i didn't really have a number on and we just eventually got it to what we both thought was fair.

the other one was i traded a JCA50head and a shitty 2x12" (paid $300 for both) plus a cheaper guitar (maybe valued at $400. i got a $2000 custom shop hand hammered copper snare, a 5000 series two leg hihat stand, A zildjian 13" hi-hats a 16" and 18" a custom crashes a 10" sabian splash, and a DW5000 double bass pedal and a snare case. i got the good end there but things were constantly going back and fourth. he sure got shafted, but it was his ignorance to not know what you are selling and buying.

for a while i was doing multiple a day but in the last 6 months or so maybe two a month. i made IIRC ~$12000 profit and increased asset (gear) in 2011 over probably 30 trades. for example, another was a MIM tele for a tama starclassic maple set and an extra pearl steel shell snare. $250 guitar probably $1200 drumset.

i have had in my posession to date 60+ guitars. own probably 22, and i have at least a dozen amps, most quite decent.

you just gotta do it. and take your time and be patient. i will let an item sit for months sometimes, but somebody always buys it.


Sweet, thanks for the input. Sounds like you're basically running business with just CL. That's pretty cool.
gregs1020
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#32
Quote by Huge Guy
True dat. Luckily I haven't had any issues with no-shows yet.

you don't see that as much with musical instruments. sometimes, but it's more common with cars and stuff.

again that's why i make sure to talk to someone over the phone, it's more personal than text or email. as slight as it is, it is some rapport. people then don't want to be "that guy" quite as much once you've spoken with them.

the main thing is when you see something you want and it's listed low, you jump on it. i live in chicago, and there are a lot of clist regulars that are looking to snipe stuff up fast. at times i've been the lucky sniper, other times not.

if you do it right, you can basically get your gear paid for over time. like "trashedlostfdup" pretty much all the gear i own right now has been bought off of profit made in trades and such.
Quote by Roc8995
I don't think I've ever played anything in black walnut. It's a great ice cream flavor, so I assume it works well for a strat too.

Quote by JustRooster
The slugs in the pickups for telecasters are from old winchester rifles, which is why they sound so country.
JustRooster
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#33
When people haggle with greg, he sprays them with the hose and yells to get off his lawn.

Quote by EyeNon15
Thats too bad, I was under the impression I was arguing something profound

dannyalcatraz
Black Cherry Jello
Join date: Dec 2008
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#34
Quote by JustRooster
When people haggle with greg, he sprays them with the hose and yells to get off his lawn.

Hopefully, that isn't a euphemism for something else...
Sturgeon's 2nd Law, a.k.a. Sturgeon's Revelation: “Ninety percent of everything is crap.”

Why, yes, I am a lawyer- thanks for asking!


alhaq369
It is very impotent to success a business.
gregs1020
Hi mom!
Join date: Dec 2007
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#35
Quote by Roc8995
I don't think I've ever played anything in black walnut. It's a great ice cream flavor, so I assume it works well for a strat too.

Quote by JustRooster
The slugs in the pickups for telecasters are from old winchester rifles, which is why they sound so country.
FenrirFangs
Registered User
Join date: Oct 2012
254 IQ
#36
I love my local CL man. I troll it constantly and have gotten some great deals. Mesa 2x12 w/ V30s for $175, a Gibson Studio Les Paul and Marshall JCM 900 4x12 together for $600, Jet City JCA100h for $400, bunch of cheap pedals, Peavey Ultra Plus for $200, Ibanez RG2EX1 w/ Blackouts and a hardshell case for $140. And I just missed an Axe-FX for $1000.

Craigslist is freaking awesome for buying used gear. I've only ever had one "bad" experience, and it wasn't really bad, it was simply that I passed on what I went to look at. It was a Laney AOR with a matching cab, and it wasn't working well. But other than that, most guys are just people that want to sell their stuff, same as you.
zilant
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#37
I've had fairly good experiences on craigslist. Bought and sold gear as well as a few other things. The only time I had anything close to a problem was when I was (Still am /shameless plug) selling my 5150.
He came to my house and didn't really sound like he knew anything about the amp. After a discussing price we finally settled and he said he would come back the next dy because the banks were already closed and he didn't have cash on hand.
He calls me the next day claiming to have found another 5150 with a footswitch (I don't have one) at guitar center that was listed cheaper than mine. He then asked if i would lower the price. I told him no and he backed out and said he wouldn't do the trade. I was fine with that.
Then he called later that evening saying that he wanted to make the trade and that he would be there in a bit so I got everything ready and waited. and waited. and waited. The guy never showed, never called or returned my calls, and I never heard from him again.

It was more rude than anything but was not what I would consider a "horrible" experience by any means.

All in all though, I have had very positive experiences on craigslist. I wish I had sufficient knowledge of the price of gear so I could buy and sell on CL to fund other things I want.

I'm sure it's been said here already but with CL you can find some very good deals and sometimes it's the only way to get ahold of certain pieces of gear but you need to be prepared and most of all you need to be patient.
Huge Guy
My muscles sure are mean!
Join date: Sep 2012
792 IQ
#38
To be fair most of my experiences have been very positive. For example I recently got an Epi LP Studio with hard case for $200 and a Peavy Raptor EXP with a 15w Spider for $50, I believe that one was a fire sale. I didn't need the amp so just relisted it on CL and sold it for $30 within a few days.
diskothek
Baby casserole
Join date: Jul 2012
397 IQ
#39
Never had a bad experience on CL. Always ask for pictures and a few questions about details (1st or 2nd owner, been gigged or not, any superficial or mechanical/electronic damage). Recently I've revamped my entire rig and did it exclusively through CL ads.

Traded my old Jackson for a Schecter which I enjoy playing much more. We both made out well since he loves Jacksons (had 4 others at his house).

Traded in my old MG250DFX for cash at GC and used money I had been saving for a while for a Peavey VTM 120 head ($270) and Orange 2x12 w/ V30's ($400). The guy selling the Peavey head set up a practice room for me to test play which was very generous of him to do. And the guy selling the Orange cab drove us to a local shop for a speaker cable since he didn't have one on hand so I could try it out and tossed it in as part of the deal.

A while ago when I was still playing bass in a band I needed an entire rig badly and got a 4x12 cab, Korg rackmount tuner and Ampeg head all for $300. When I left the band and got focused on guitar again I made a profit off the sale.
Huge Guy
My muscles sure are mean!
Join date: Sep 2012
792 IQ
#40
By the way if you aren't sure the value of something I've found the best way to check is to look at the completed listings on ebay. This will show you what people are really paying for things.