Another possibly fishy ebay deal

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Jim Nazium, Apr 23, 2012.

  1. I bought a 2001 Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster (yes, a guitar, sorry) for what I thought was a great price. I was the only bidder. I paid via paypal. The seller e-mails me two days later and says he was putting new strings on it for me, and in the process knocked it off the table and cracked the neck very badly. He refunded my money, including all fees.

    Now, I realize that I'm not out any money, so I can't complain very much. Also the guy has 100% feedback. Still, it seems odd:
    You put new strings on a guitar that you have sold? You don't realize that string choice is very personal, and the first thing the buyer is likely to do is put on the strings that he likes?
    You can keep a guitar in mint condition for ten years, and then FUBAR it while changing strings?

    I suspect he just didn't like the selling price and wants to re-list it with a reserve. I'm tempted to claim that I'm a repair expert, and ask to see a picture of the damage.
  2. :D....:D......:D

    whoops, i'm sorry, i broke your new purchase.

    turn him in

  3. hdracer


    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
    It's a Fender, the neck isn't going to get messed up from a little fall.
    A Les Paul, maybe.
    I would ask for photos & report him.
  4. bassistjoe93

    bassistjoe93 Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2011
    Do it! Since you didn't get a guitar, at least have some fun messing with him!

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  5. Strat-Mangler

    Strat-Mangler Inactive

    Aug 15, 2010
    Up to you, Jim.

    Personally, I've learned in the last couple of years that life's too short to waste what will inevitably be a huge amount of time & effort on something like this where your chances of eventually getting the guitar at the price you paid are extremely low.

    Sucks, but now you can blacklist this seller and remember not to bid on his stuff from this point on.

    If you absolutely want to report him, keep an eye out for the exact same guitar popping up again and use that as key evidence against him.
  6. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2001
    Olympia, WA
    Same as SM here...leave it alone. Use that time and energy on something worthwhile.

  7. while I basically agree with SM & MJ, there is this... if you do that that, you encourage that kind of behavior.

    if he gets away with it here, he will only be emboldened to pull it again on the next guy who doesn't pay what he wanted. just as buyers are warned not to bid more than they are willing to pay, sellers have the option of putting a reserve price on an item.

    if you do walk away, I understand. if, on the other hand, you go the 9 yards to punish him with ebay, more power to you.

  8. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    No point in messing with it. You have a refund, go on with life and don't worry about it.

    You don't know anything, you can't prove anything - so let it drop. No sense in fussing about what you THINK other people are doing.
  9. I had the exact same scenario happen to me, but it was with a beautiful MIJ 50s Precision, tele headstock, in the rare trans white. You could see the ash grain, it was killer. The seller told me he dropped it and it broke. I asked for pictures, he never supplied them. Very disappointing.

    Seller's remorse, obviously. I concur with others above; don't waste any more time playing head games with this guy, unless your life really is that void of activity.
  10. MatticusMania

    MatticusMania LANA! HE REMEMBERS ME!

    Sep 10, 2008
    Pomona, SoCal
    You could likley be right, but plenty of people have put new strings on a guitar before selling it to someone.

    Since youre not out anything, though, Id just let it go.

    That makes the presumption that the guy is lying. While he certainly good be, without knowing for sure, its best to just leave it as is.
  11. klejst

    klejst Guest

    Oct 5, 2010
    Seems to be a lot of these threads on here and a lot of foolery on eBay. Glad I try not to resort to eBay anymore for gear purchases. I too would request photos. Heck I have dropped my Fender's numerous times and the neck has never just broke. At least you got your money refunded, but yeah I would watch for a relist.
  12. dave64o

    dave64o Talkbass Top 10 all time lowest talent/gear ratio! Gold Supporting Member

    Yeah, re-listed with a miracle repair. So good you'd never be able to see the repair in pictures or even in person. So good it looks like it never broke at all. :rollno:
  13. sandmangeck


    Jul 2, 2007
    Let us know what his seller name is, so we can start a feverish bidding war, and then have a family emergency come up unfortunately and not be able to pay....SHUCKS.

    Nevermind. Found him.
  14. elgecko


    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
    I won a Peavey G Bass neck on the Bay. The seller told me he was standing on the neck (to simulate a demonstration he had once seen) when it broke. He refunded my money but it popped up back on Ebay a couple of months later with part of the headstock cut simulate a repair I guess. The auction ended for less than what I had bid on it.

    If you're reading this AC Basses, you're an *******!
  15. Yeah, I agree. I'm not out any money, and there are plenty of other guitars out there. It's not worth getting all bent out of shape. I just needed to vent.

    Also, for the record, I've bought and sold LOTS of gear on ebay - instruments & amps, bikes, computers, etc - and had very few problems.