#1
yea so i just want to hear your tips and stories of your purchases from ebay (not craiglist). I want to get a mij stratocaster from ebay but im not 100% sure if its trustworthy. im not sure whether online buying is the best way to buy guitars, but i want to hear your opinion on this matter.
So yea. Share your stories and tips!


THANKS
#2
Make sure the seller is reputable and has sold many guitars before... Make sure there are lots of photos of the guitar too, just in case of any bumps not mentioned in the description. I usually deem any seller with well over 100 feedback which are all positive to be trustworthy. I find that buying online is a lot cheaper than in the stores, no doubt. Just make sure the seller is reputable.
#3
I just got my epiphone SG custom 2 days ago after ordering it off of ebay.
I did the buy it now process and paid with paypal. Its shipped in 4 days with no damage, probably cause of the hard case it came with.

Just look for good feed back from seller, look for something with a hardcase for shipping reasons, check serial number, pay with pay pal, and read discribtion so you know what your getting.
#4
Just check out the seller's rating. Anything above 95% is great.
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#5
Do your research, make sure you know how to identify a real MIJ Strat - Then ask specific questions - if the seller is evasive, or doesn't provide the correct answer, move on.

If the seller has sold lots of guitars, and has good feedback, then that is usually a good sign, but it could equally be someone just selling their guitar who hasn't sold one on ebay before - ask for a picture of something specific - if they can't provide it, there is a pretty good chance that they don't have the guitar.

I've bought and sold hundreds of things off ebay (literally) and never had a problem - just remember if it sounds to good to be true it almost certainly is - there are real bargains to be had - but you have to be careful!

Quote by 2003LP
Just check out the seller's rating. Anything above 95% is great.


That's not necessarily true - criminals hijack accounts of people with lots of positive feedback - you still need to be careful if you are about to part with a lot of money!
#6
Quote by 2003LP
Just check out the seller's rating. Anything above 95% is great.


Buyers on ebay cannot be left negative feedback, (only sellers can now, ebay ****ed up big time on this if you ask me). Someone could buy stuff on ebay, and get 100% feedback, without selling once. Not to mention, a positive feedback for the sale of a guitar is just as valuable as the positive feedback for something extremely inexpensive, like a guitar pick.
#7
Id be weary. I bought a dean on eBay... The next day the whammy bar nut goes loose. Two days later the input jack you put the cord into FELL INTO the guitar. Then a week later the whammy springs break. BE CAREFULL. Pay with Pay pal, that way when it breaks, if it does you can file a claim and get a FULL refund.
#8
your seller and buyer accounts are separate now, you dont get to count all your positive buy feedback.
#9
I've bought and sold some pretty valuable items on ebay and never been stung. Just becareful and follow these points:

1) Make sure there are photo's of the actual item. Not links from the manufacturers website.
2) Ensure the seller has sold more than 10 or 15 items and still has 95+% feedback. And even better some valuable items.
3) Look at the wording of listed item, does the person sound like they know what they are talking about. Watchout for bad English.
4) Ask them a technical question about the guitar.
5) Ask them can you collect the item in person, if they're relatively local. Even if you don't intend to.
6) I only ever pay via PayPal. I never EVER pay for a valuable item in cash or by check. And I mean NEVER. I will ALWAYS pay via PayPal, it gives you some chance of getting a refund.

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Bought my starter set from ebay. Just make sure thay have at least 99% positive feedback, and email them if you need questions answered.
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#11
make sure they have good grammar and aren't chinese
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#12
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make sure they have good grammar and aren't chinese

Come on man... What is that suppose to mean?
I would avoid them because of the huge shipping costs, though
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#13
Well a couple of weeks ago I got an epiphone off ebay.
It was second hand and in adelaide (a days drive).Guy had 2 photos and a pretty short description,but it was all good.Guitar was exactly as he said it was,used but useable condition.So far i have got my first guitar,second guitar and amp off ebay and there all good.But personally I would go for second hand that way you can be a bit more sure.
#14
Quote by JoshRocco
Buyers on ebay cannot be left negative feedback, (only sellers can now, ebay ****ed up big time on this if you ask me). Someone could buy stuff on ebay, and get 100% feedback, without selling once. Not to mention, a positive feedback for the sale of a guitar is just as valuable as the positive feedback for something extremely inexpensive, like a guitar pick.


I think it's good. Most of the time when a seller screwed up he would still get positive feedback because the buyer didnt want to receive negative feedback for no reason or as revenge. If you're a genuine seller you have nothing to fear IMO.
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#15
Quote by JoshRocco
Buyers on ebay cannot be left negative feedback, (only sellers can now, ebay ****ed up big time on this if you ask me). Someone could buy stuff on ebay, and get 100% feedback, without selling once. Not to mention, a positive feedback for the sale of a guitar is just as valuable as the positive feedback for something extremely inexpensive, like a guitar pick.


There's an option to look at 'feedback as seller'. There's no way they can cheat their way around it. And private ID auction = suspicious
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#16
I don't honestly recommend buying a used guitar/amp/pedal from ebay unless there's a full money-back guarantee. Just for me personally, I would never spend any decent amount of money on an instrument or accessory that I haven't played or used before I buy it.

I did buy my amp from ebay, but the seller would not ship it, and I had to pick it up so I got to try it out before I gave him the money.

If you feel comfortable, then by all means go for it, but I'd be very, very careful.
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#17
I would just reccomend craigs list so you can meet people face to face, try what theyre selling you, then pay for it... = simple math
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#18
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Id be weary. I bought a dean on eBay... The next day the whammy bar nut goes loose. Two days later the input jack you put the cord into FELL INTO the guitar. Then a week later the whammy springs break. BE CAREFULL. Pay with Pay pal, that way when it breaks, if it does you can file a claim and get a FULL refund.
Well that's because you bought a Dean. I'd fight a chargeback to the end if some ass bought something from me, broke it, and then demanded the money back. Even if that happens, contact the seller first and explain yourself.

Check seller feedback, look at the pictures. A motivated seller won't grace you with a bunch of pictures made from their four year old Motorola. Most importantly, get in touch with the seller, ask all the questions you have and look at the time and tone of their replies. Most of my guitar buyers would get into some kind of phone/email dialog with me, and past that they're usually assured (since I'm so nice and willing to talk about my wares).

The grammar thing is my personal pet peeve. If a seller can't come up with a grammatically coherent ad, then aside from it being disrespectful to the buyer, I don't trust them to fill out the shipping forms properly.
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#19
Just don't be an idiot and you should be fine. I've bought two guitars off of eBay and have had no problems at all other than not receiving feedback. Ask for quality pictures important parts like headstock, trem, neck joint etc.
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#20
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Come on man... What is that suppose to mean?
I would avoid them because of the huge shipping costs, though


because there be fake.
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#22
I bought my guitar over Ebay from a seller in the states. It came just as ordered. I would suggets buying only for the states or Canada (or UK if your from there) because of:
1. Shipping costs
2. Less chance of a fake.


I also really suggest buying pedals used off of Ebay. Shipping is cheap and if your patient you can save over half the retail price. I just bought a Digitech CF-7 for under 40 with shipping, which retails for about 170 or something.
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#23
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your seller and buyer accounts are separate now, you dont get to count all your positive buy feedback.


Oh I didn't know that, that makes more sense.

Edit: LOL my feedback jumped from 92% to 100% because of their changes. They must not count feedback from over a year ago now. I had 2 negatives and a neutral from a few years ago and they aren't counted towards my average.

Moral to this story, look at detailed feedback ratings, not just the percentage.
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#24
Definitely contact the user before you buy from him/her. I bought my Epi LP PLus and it turned out to be a great deal. I also got my classic 30 from Ebay and it wasn't such a good deal, but I was still pleased.
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#25
1.Read the seller's feedback, and I mean as many as possible.
2.Get the serial number from the seller and check it out. If he has multiple guitars in stock, and can't give you a number; be careful they could be cheap china copies. If he has like less then 100 feedback and are selling more than one of the same guitar it's probably a fake.
3.Don't ever use checks, money orders, or transfers to pay for the guitar.
#26
man really good tips!! Hmmm im not sure still though
i mean, which would you prefer?
1. going to GC and buying a mim strat
2. Buying a mij strat on ebay (they are pretty close in price, sort of)

i mean tone is more important right? and the mij strat i heard is close (quality) to an american strat right? so i would like to buy from ebay but it seems theres too much risk.
i dont know, which would you prefer? Ebay for cheaper or better or GC where you can actually try it out?