Well here, I’ll tell you why. Because if you work with reputable online dealers who offer good pics of their guitars, it’s easy to have guitars delivered to you. And it’s easy to then evaluate them over some period of time. And if there is a problem, it’s easy to return them, usually at no cost, and often by just scheduling a pick-up from your house. Lots of people successfully buy guitars online just like this. And would I buy an Epi anything online? Probably not.FWIW, I don't understand why anyone would buy a guitar without buying it in person. I have a 2014 LP I bought at the store that was in Memphis where they made the hollowbodies. And one of the only other guitars I bought new was a Epiphone Hummingbird and I went through all 4 that they had in stock at GC before I chose one. They had issues like one had a gap in the inlays, another a huge nick in the binding, another was just setup so high at the nut you couldn't tell how the thing sounded.