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Best Way to Trade Gear

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by The Ryantist, Dec 10, 2013.

  1. So I'm kind of in the early stages of trading a bass for another one and I'm new to this type of transaction. Am I correct that the safest way is for each of us to "buy" each other's bass through PayPal and just pay the 3% fee? We could trade without money but then it's easy for one party to just steal the bass right? Are there other ways that I haven't thought of? Obviously I'm talking about shipping and not meeting in person.
  2. PAC

    PAC Banned

    Nov 22, 2013
    Have both parties ship them to me. I'll be like an agent.


  3. I'll only do a sight-unseen trade w/someone I've dealt w/before- I don't care to gamble.
  4. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Terrific Twister

    Apr 12, 2001
    Lacey, WA
    Same here. That just feels too shady for me.

  5. Denny Coon

    Denny Coon

    Jan 10, 2010
    Read peoples feedback on here amd ebay.. Not everyone is an axxhole.. Ive dealt with and met some really good guys
  6. EmptyCup

    EmptyCup Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2013
    Nashville Area
    ^ This

    Good communication, and a trust in who your dealing with.
  7. fhm555

    fhm555 So FOS my eyes are brown Supporting Member

    Feb 16, 2011
    This one of those where it's strictly up to you and what you feel comfortable with. I've talked on the phone with people I've never met in person and decided they were worth taking a chance on and I've known people for years I don't trust any further than I can throw my house. No one else can be a substitute for you on such as this. If we guess wrong you still lose.

    It's an obvious crap shoot unless you know the other individual really well, so all I can tell you is if for any reason you don't feel comfortable doing it, don't.
  8. Thanks, you all make some good points. It all comes down to trust and I'll see if this guy has other reps. I myself don't have any positive feedback here or ebay :(
  9. Just be careful and if anything goes wrong, post it here so I can relive the whole JPATA/Evan hilariousness. That was the most entertaining and fastest growing thread I've ever seen here. The TB detectives are awesome. Within two hours, we all knew his Mom's PayPal info and what hospital he was hatched in, etc. His band had to monitor their Facebook page closely for weeks and ended up tossing him out.
  10. wow, I just looked at a few pages of that one...crazy!
  11. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative

    Apr 23, 2006
    Austin, TX
    I prefer to deal here than on Ebay, actually I've never sold anything on Ebay. If a member is established and has a good rating I'm not particularly worried; my last 2 trades were me sending a bass off and having the trade bass returned in the same case. On the second one someone wanted to pay me, but I didn't feel good about them so I passed on the deal (I got a great trade shortly thereafter).

    Personally I think if you have a bass and a member in good standing who is not new is interested but concerned with your feedback you could offer to trust them and send your bass first as a sign of good faith. That's no guarantee it's not a scam, of course, but that's how I'd do it.