help: buying a bass on the net

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by cactus waltz, Feb 13, 2005.

  1. cactus waltz

    cactus waltz

    Feb 10, 2005
    So, I'm saving up for a Fender Jazz standard, and I think I will soon afford it. As you might be familiar with, the price of electronics in Europe are really high. Basses not being an exception to that.

    So, I'm concidering importing a Fender from the states. An MIA-bass plus shipping will be cheaper than an MIM-bass costs here. :rollno:

    Anyway, can you share with me some guidelines for these kind of affairs? Is it worth the much lower price when you can't play the instrument before you buy it? What are your own experiences?
  2. Suckbird

    Suckbird Banned

    May 4, 2004
    You have to pay duties on it.. 25% of the price and shipping..
    i dont think you can get it cheaper than a mim..

    I myself ordered a bass from germany and have had nothing but trouble with my bass.

    I would recommend you trying your bass before buying it because every identical bass might be totally different.

    And by your profile to say you dont own a bass yet? Maybe you should start out with something cheaper?
  3. A9X


    Dec 27, 2003
    Sinny, Oztraya
    I can't help with US-Europe info, but I import a lot of equiptment to Australia and would like to offer two pieces of advice;
    - buy from someone reputable. This might mean paying a higher price from a smaller store, but the staff have gone over the bass before it's shipped to make sure it's 100% and you're more likely to get interested, personable after sales service from someone that cares about the business than from a call centre operative from one of the large chains. Returns overseas are expensive and any hassles may negate the savings.
    - make sure you understand the customs, fees, duties etc at your end, and what they'll be before you purchase so you don't get any nasty surprises. If you can, get it in writing from your customs people beforehand to save arguing about it later, because you can'targue from a position of strength unless you have the correct information.

    Whether it's all worth it for you to do in the end, I can't say. I've lost out on a few deals, and won on a lot more, because I learnt the system.
  4. cactus waltz

    cactus waltz

    Feb 10, 2005
    I haven't really put in a lot of work into my profile. :bag:

    I own an odd little pawnshop bass called Vantage Avenger. It's charming and has learned me a lot of the bas(s)ics, but after four years I feel like I'm ready to upgrade.

    Dharmabass: That's a great advice, if I buy anything online, I will definitely check with customs first..
  5. Ostinato

    Ostinato Guest

    Feb 7, 2005
    Toronto ON
    Absolutely. I will never buy any instrument online myself, because I have be in a place where I can try more than one and compare.
    But if you insist, make sure they go over it and check EVERYTHING. Especially the truss rod.
  6. rluk


    Nov 4, 2004
    Tallinn, Estonia
    Yah when it comes to basses it is not all fun and games here in europe :)
    It is as it was mentioned before, Taxes! :D

    I bought mine (Fender Aerodyne Jazz Japan) from Japan and got a better
    deal on it (taxes and transport included) than bying from EU or US.
    Checki it out:
    The pages are kind of hard to navigate because even the translated
    pages are mostly in japanese, japanese Fenders should be here :

    Also you can mail them
    There seems to be only one person who can speak English so it might
    take a few days for them to reply.

    I m very pleased with the bass and the service there. It took me total
    1 week to get my hands on the bass, from first contact to unwrapping the
    bass which is pretty nice, considering I m waiting my replacement j pickup from Germany for 6 weeks now :D
  7. cactus waltz

    cactus waltz

    Feb 10, 2005
    Wow, those deals are great! I could actually make a profit if I import one of those jazz basses and then sell it on the second hand market here.

    You have to love the engrish on that site too: "It is wide, finish recommended PB from the disciple to a middle person". I hear ya, buddy. :p
  8. Dude, be really careful with customs, they might make a good buy on ebay turn into a nightmare in the blink of an eye.

    in POrtugal, we can expect to pay around 30% of the package price on arrival to customs...

    Other than that... A Jazz "Standard" MIA isnt really much better than a MIM Classic 60s for example, I'd try them both out if I was you... a lot of people consider the Classic 60s one of the best basses that Fender makes at the moment.

    When I bought mine, I tried it out along with the other "flavors" as the shop specialised in fenders, and I still walked out of there with a MIM Classic 60s. ;) matter of taste? maybe, dunno, all I know is IM very happy with it.
  9. rluk


    Nov 4, 2004
    Tallinn, Estonia
    yah it made me think of going to guitar business too :D