Yes care should be taken but don't forget Ebay is set up for the buyer more so the seller. Negative feedback can and has been given too easy by buyers who try to try it on with the sellers after they have bought an item. I agree though wih the hidden feedback, don't get that one.Well,
1. Check feedback carefully and look at the items sold/bought. Anyone with hidden feedback avoid!
Can't work this one out. Location should have nothing to do with getting your money back, Ebay and Paypal are set up for any eventuality (yeah right). Are you saying if it goes "tit's up" you should become some kind of vigilante and visit the seller at home?2. Check the location and determine whether there are any issues with you getting your money back if it all goes "tits-up". China is a long way away....!
Credit crunch!!!!! Shit happens and sometimes you have to sell "the best" guitar.3. Check the item description is full, complete and factual (no bullsh*t!, i.e. " it's the best guitar I own"- why are they selling it then?).
Emailing is fine but like mad is a pain in the arse. I've had a lot of time wasted by the most inane of questions. I'm always polite but can sniff out a bullshitter.4. Don't rush into it. There are plenty more (generally!). E-mail the seller like mad. I do it all the time. If they lose their temper with me asking questions, why would I want to buy from them and what have they to hide?
Why the hell would I want a local pick up, I'm selling it on Ebay an auction site not in my local Craigslist/freeads/loot. This opens up a lot of problems for the seller such as time wasters, and hagglers. Don't forget if they turn up don't like it and don't want to pay you can't leave them negative.....but they can to you.5. Ask if you can pick it up. If it's a fraud, they'll try to make some excuse (see my other thread). I've avoided many scams with this ruse. Give it a try, you meet some cool folks as well.
What's the difference with them being second hand? The score is that the exchange rate isn't the best at the moment so that goes against you, add the shipping and it's becoming more expensive obviously. The real expense is when it gets into the UK, you should budget for import duty, VAT, tax, couriers charges etc (not all the time mind you). All of a sudden that cheap LP ain't so cheap.I'm from the UK and I was looking at some Gibsons on the American Ebay site. Anyone know the score regarding importing them (they would be second hand)
I'd echo that. Last August, when the exchange rate was very favourable - £1 = $1.90 - I bought an R9 from the US. Total cost in £GB was £2000. However when the Customs guys got hold of it, I was billed £475 in import duty.What's the difference with them being second hand? The score is that the exchange rate isn't the best at the moment so that goes against you, add the shipping and it's becoming more expensive obviously. The real expense is when it gets into the UK, you should budget for import duty, VAT, tax, couriers charges etc (not all the time mind you). All of a sudden that cheap LP ain't so cheap.