How do you guys feel about buying a “no returns” bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by GodPlayedBass, Jun 28, 2020.

  1. Been thinking of buying a custom bass from ebay. Itd be here in 4 days BUT no returns. The bass is indeed beautiful. Would you guys invest in a gamble like this ?

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  2. Al T.

    Al T. Supporting Member

    Sep 24, 2006
    Richmond, VA.
    No returns=no way. But that's just me.
  3. Understood.
  4. Bass V

    Bass V

    Dec 11, 2008
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    buying untested is always a risk, I've done tons of it over the decades and rarely gotten skunked or gotten a lemon, but nothing over a $500 outright theft and that was by far the worst. most everything custom on ebay is way over $500, if you have unlimited funds then who cares? under that amount things really start getting squishy, too many jokers looking for suckers, yet there is always a diamond in the rough to find if you're willing to gamble. then there's always Wishbass! Wish will do virtually any custom for cheap, with lots of satisfied customers.
    if I was in Dumfries, VA I'd pick this 'custom' up for $15 ...but I'm VERY glad I'm not lol
    Customized Legacy Precission Bass PBass Four String GC | eBay
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  5. Reedt2000

    Reedt2000 Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2017
    Central New Jersey
    Buying any hand made instrument comes with an element of risk. One from an unknown maker, without any direct support, or even a return policy, increases that risk exponentially. I might still do it (last time I did I struck out pretty bad), but I'd have to weigh the risk against the cost and how bad I want/need it.
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  6. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    No. Could be counterfeit, in poor condition (never trust photos as proof), broken hardware/truss rod.
  7. klejst

    klejst Guest

    Oct 5, 2010
    When buying online from outlets like eBay there is always a risk. Now, eBay (and PayPal) usually do offer some form of buyer protection, however in this case if the seller is disclosing flat out (and props to them for being transparent about it) no returns at all I personally would be less likely to pursue it. You just never know and sometimes you roll the dice and win and sometimes you get burned. I guess it really depends on what it is and how much money we're talking here. Also that you'll get exactly what you paid for and expect. Main point - how much risk you wish to possibly take on?
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  8. BoomBoomOGTL

    BoomBoomOGTL Supporting Member

    Jul 19, 2012
    York SC
    Depends on whether you’re talking about a $400 custom bass or a $4000 custom bass. I wouldn't spend 4K without a bunch of research and getting some first-hand recommendations and experiences

    if it was spec’d the way I wanted it and looked good, I’d throw $400 at it in a NY minute and take that chance
    Last edited: Jun 28, 2020
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  9. I wouldn’t buy a custom bass from eBay. Was the price incredibly low? If so, it’s probably coming from China among countless copies. It will be cheap, but you get what you pay for.

    If you’re seriously considering a custom build, check out Tom Clement or Chris Bordwell. Their prices start among the lowest and their quality is amazing.

    With a custom build, ask as many questions as you can imagine. Ask for the builders’ professional input as well. Normally, the paying process is a deposit upfront, another portion mid-way and finish payment when it is complete. So it’s not like you need to pay for the whole instrument upfront.
  10. elgranluis


    Feb 14, 2003
    Vail, CO
    how is this a custom bass if it gets delivered in 4 days?
  11. bolophonic


    Dec 10, 2009
    Durham, NC
    Custom built to someone else’s specs? Is this a custom bass that someone ordered and rejected?
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  12. A little risky, could be the guy's very first custom build...
  13. JW56789

    JW56789 Guest

    Feb 18, 2017

    There are too many reasons I wouldn't like for the seller to book ONLY a one-way trip. I only play poker at a table.
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  14. beaglesandbass

    beaglesandbass Think first, then post? Staff Member Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2001
    Philly Suburbs
    Typically I’d assume this means no returns for buyers remorse. If the bass shows up damaged, unplayable, or “not as described”, eBay/PayPal will side with the buyer.

    Shipping prices are through the roof right now, I’d understand not to want to have to pay for return shipping just because a buyer didn’t end up liking something. As a buyer though, depending what it is, I might go for. If it’s something that I can easily turn around and sell I’d be more inclined to buy than if it were something not as popular.
  15. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses
    I probably wouldn't BUT, if I really liked it there would be 2 essentials for me.

    1. A good price.

    2. A video chat where the person selling answered any and all questions, plus played the bass for me as per my direction. IE... shake the bass while you're playing it so I can see that nothing is loose :) .
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  16. ...about poor thread titles?
  17. Terry Farmer

    Terry Farmer Supporting Member

    Mar 5, 2020
    About someone who posts negative replies every time someone asks for help or posts a legitimate question?
    just sayin.............
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  18. wraub


    Apr 9, 2004
    ennui, az
    Unknown seller, unknown product, no returns?

    What could go wrong?
  19. beaglesandbass

    beaglesandbass Think first, then post? Staff Member Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2001
    Philly Suburbs
    Good point. Hate thread titles like that myself. Clickbait. Blegh. Luckily some cool mod just changed the title.
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  20. user362432

    user362432 Guest

    Dec 27, 2002