Interesting discussion, this . Being (as I am) based in Europe, things are a little different over here. In some countries (e.g. the UK, Germany, Spain), ebay is very well established is widely accepted as being the best place to look for any used bass bargains. I've certainly had my share of vintage and high-end bass "finds" over the past 6 years . However, in many European countries (even large countries such as France and Poland), ebay just doesn't seem to have caught on and the number of items for auction in the Bass Guitars section is often less than 100 . There may well still be excellent bargains to be had in these emerging markets, but there are certain obstacles . For a start, if you're in America, you'll be instantly discouraged by the $/Euro exchange rate. Even if you are in Europe, the language barrier can make dealing with some sellers anywhere between "pretty difficult" and "totally impossible" . Still, when all's said and done, I think that we (as bassists) should be very grateful for the emergence of ebay and its' immitators. Remember how difficult (and expensive ) it used to be to buy all of the monthly guitar mags, in the hope of finding what you want in the For Sale section AND being able to get to it before everyone else !? Mind you , I wouldn't complain if ebay were to spend a tiny fraction of their millions of $s of profit on improving their (non-existent ) Customer Service department.