Does this Rickenbacker trade offer seem legit?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Gabe7539, Jun 12, 2020.

  1. Gabe7539


    Jan 18, 2016
    Somebody on eBay is offering to trade me a new Rickenbacker 4003W for a bass I've been trying to sell for about 5 months. His explanation is that it was an impulse buy he's regretting, he likes the famous player who used the model bass I have, and he'd prefer a trade vs having to sell and then buy a new bass. My 2 hangups are 1. He is an eBay member since 2018 but has no feedback, and 2. The Rick is worth $500-700 more than what I'm selling.

    Question is, does this offer seem legit/how easy is it to resell a Rickenbacker? Is this a common scam?

    Currently I am waiting for pictures from him.
    P.S. If you're the guy wanting to trade me and are actually a member of this forum, then message me on the forum! it's difficult to trust a random message on eBay.
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  2. sunbeast

    sunbeast Supporting Member

    Jul 19, 2006
    Denver, CO
    Unless you two are local, there’s no way in hell I’d send a bass to someone with no feedback or any other type of accountability. I’d do that with a TB’er with lots of feedback and clear experience shipping basses, but that’s about it.
  3. Sounds fishy to me.
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  4. Unless the other side resides very close to you, it's a hard pass. Those type of deals are only done locally or with someone you know and trust, not with a stranger from the Internet IMO.
  5. alembicbones


    Nov 10, 2000
    Seattle, WA
    This all sounds really wrong. I would pass.

  6. elgranluis


    Feb 14, 2003
    Vail, CO
    Agree to the deal. Have the ric shipped to you , and ship your bass upon arrival.

    the ric isn’t worth 500-700 more than your bass, unless it’s a squier.
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  7. fourstringdrums

    fourstringdrums Decidedly Indecisive Supporting Member

    Oct 20, 2002
    I would do it here, because I know if I got screwed I could count on TB'ers local to the guy to pay him a visit lol But I would never do it through Ebay, especially with someone with no feedback.
  8. jd56hawk


    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    What kind of bass did you say you have, again?
  9. Gabe7539


    Jan 18, 2016
    I'm selling an Aria SB-1000. I didn't want to post what I was selling because I was trying not to promote it or anything. This guy says he likes Cliff Burton, which would partially explain the 4003 impulse buy. I'm assuming a near mint 4003 could go for around 1,800, which is almost double what I would like to get for the Aria.
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  10. Rabidhamster


    Jan 15, 2014
    So you’re asking if it seems legit to send a perfect stranger your bass and hope he sends you one in return that you feel is worth nearly twice as much?

    Let’s put it this way:
    If you don’t mind giving this guy a bass for free then go for it.

    The again maybe it’s Brand new with only minor looting damage and he really does intend to trade instead of selling it in like 20 minutes for more than what you’re asking for your instrument right?
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  11. Komadinic


    Feb 28, 2018
    Well if it's a vintage Aria it's worth a nice chunk of money. Also as stated by others don't deal with random people online if they're not local to you, you're almost asking to get scammed. Not trying to be negative and it's not that i don't trust strangers, but on Internet you have to protect yourself and assume the worst IMO.
  12. LoTone

    LoTone Clean as an Entwistle... Supporting Member

    Nov 4, 2010
    Quebec, Canada
    Trading is something I would do only with a well-known person that I trust. From experience, you could suffer from trader's remorse down the line. If it is someone close by that you know, you can always reverse the trade later.
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  13. RichSnyder

    RichSnyder Columbia, MD Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2003
    Even if a legit Ric, you could end up with a stolen bass. I would pass unless he wanted to ship the bass to you first for inspection.
  14. RSBBass


    Jun 11, 2011
    I wouldn't do it because there is no recourseif things go wrong. However his rick is not worth that much more than your SB
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  15. Gabe7539


    Jan 18, 2016
    No, you're absolutely right. I had a feeling it was fishy but I'm definitely an idiot for considering it in the first place.

    I asked if he will agree to this, so waiting for response.

    I honestly didn't consider this. My neighborhood has not been victim to looting, but now that I think about it, it could be trying to get rid of stolen goods.
  16. casualmadness

    casualmadness Man About Town

    Dec 15, 2005
    Same. I wouldn’t trade with a longtime eBay member with lots of feedback who wasn’t local. You never know who’s going to rip you off and there’s no recourse through eBay for trades. Talkbass is different because we’re a community. I’ve done lots of trading on here and have never thought twice about it. Also never been ripped off and only had one negative experience. But trade on eBay? Yeah nah. Plus there are some pretty convincing chickenbackers out there.
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  17. arbiterusa


    Sep 24, 2015
    eBay rule #2: no feedback, no love.
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  18. JoshS


    Dec 30, 2018
    I wouldn't "trade" on eBay anyway. There is no transaction protection. eBay will wash their hands of it when it inevitably goes South. Sounds way too good to be true. Therefore....
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  19. lfmn16

    lfmn16 Inactive

    Sep 21, 2011
    charles town, wv
    Is this a late April fools post? Are you seriously asking if you should send your bass to a complete stranger with ZERO eBay feedback in the hopes that he will send you a bass worth $500 - $700 more?
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  20. Koshchei


    Mar 17, 2019
    Peterborough, ON
    +1 for use of Lady Whiteadder
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