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Old 02-13-2004, 08:39 PM
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Hey everyone, i was thinking about buying equipment from ebay. Do you think it is safe? I dont think it wouldnt be a bad idea you know. I could get things alot cheaper. Also is there something on ebay that you can be sure that you wont get ripped off, like someone giving you something broken?
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Old 02-13-2004, 10:02 PM
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There is always a chance you will get ripped off, however I never have and I have got some really brilliant bargains from ebay.

It is important not to get drawn into a bidding war and end up paying too much for an item because well you were just too competitive. Pick a top price and don't go above it !

It is also worth remembering that deals that look too good to be true probably aren't. Check out a sellers rating before parting with cash.
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Old 02-13-2004, 10:38 PM
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I just won a Boss GT-6 for $276 USD (about $364 CAD), but now the guy is reneging.

There goes one sweet deal! Here in Canada, the list price is $599, and I just looked up the US price as $395.

Drat!
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Old 02-14-2004, 08:01 AM
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Hi man, my pals call me "The Ebay Wh*re"! Because I buy and sell everything on it! I even sold my girlfriends socks on it!

Outa the 200 or so deals Ive done Ive been ripped off 2 or 3 times. But only on small cheap items.

If its expensive then use a credit card as most have insurance policies against internet fraud. I always do this for guitars as they are expensive.

Also look at the sellers rating! What have other buyers said about him/her?

Ask questions!! Email the seller and ask everything you need to no! Some sellers wont mention things that might put you off so if theres an area your unsure of then get it cleared up!

Basically the main thing is to use a credit card when buying, because then you have insurance.
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Depending on what you're looking for, ebay is really the only way to go.

For example, I am the proud owner of an Ibanez Ghostrider. Something of a rare model, only made in Japan I believe in the early 90s. Definitely the best Ibanez guitars I've ever played (Shawn Lane played these things up until he started using Vigier guitars I believe). I have never in my life seen another one up close, I've only seen them on ebay.

Also the Fender HM strat, looks like ****, has a bad reputation, but they're fantastic guitars.

There are lots of great guitars like this, that aren't very well known, and often sell for way less than they're worth. THAT is what ebay is great for.
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yeah, i seen someone selling an all tube jcm 2000 marshall head for like 600 dollars! Thats good and it was in good condition. It is a good way to go if you want to save money.
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yeah... I've had pretty good luck so far with eBay.
I got a bass, tuner, keyboard, mic cords, CDRom recorder etc... everything was just as advertised and really good prices.
About the only thing I'd watch out for are ordering stuff over the border (my CDRom cost about 75% extra in taxes and duty) and ordering RAM memory. (bought it at half price & it works ok, but it's sloooow)
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