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How fast would you resell a bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by NickInMesa, Mar 19, 2009.

  1. How fast would you wait before selling a bass you just bought, once you realized that it's not one for you?

    I have bought a BEADG 5er last Saturday and realized it was not really what I was expecting.

    Selling it right away on eBay would make me look like a deal chaser who's buying cheap to resell higher.

    I know, I should not care whatever the seller would think if he saw me resell his bass, but I guess I should try giving this bass a second chance.

    For info it's a Yamaha BBG5S.
  2. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses
    What's wrong with buying a bass cheap so you can sell it higher? Anything I buy used I try to get at a price that I can make money on (or at least break even) if I don't like it. I once bought a streamer for $500 and immediately resold it for $1000. The people I bought it from were happy, I was happy, and the new buyer was happy. Everybody wins.
  3. My standing record is 4 days ... a MINT Peavey T-40!:bag:
  4. I say give it about a week just to make sure it's not your sound. If it's still not working out, flip it like a hot pancake.
  5. Alright, I will give myself a few more days and if I still don't like it, I will resell it.

    Nice bass, I just do not like the neck width that much and get then accidentally play the lower string.

    Plus I am no fan of the active stuff.
  6. 60bass

    60bass Supporting Member

    Apr 24, 2005
    Charlotte, NC

    One man's loss is another man's gain. If the original seller sold it too low, that's not your fault. List it for what "you" think it's worth. If you feel strange relisting so soon, why not try CL first? Let it ride there for a while and if it doesn't sell then go back to ebay.

    If you're in line price wise with other like instruments, you should have no problem selling it. Just state in the listing what you said in your OP. That the bass just isn't doing it for you. There's no harm in that.

    Good Luck
  7. Mojo-Man


    Feb 11, 2003

    I sold one before I received it.

    Had a Pedulla Penta Buzz on order.
    Traded it for a 1965 P-bass.
    Never seen the Pedulla.
    Bought another one later.
    Still have the P-bass.
  8. I once received a new bass at work and listed it for sale before taking it home that same day...
  9. allexcosta


    Apr 7, 2004
    I've sold basses for profit before receiving them too... What's the problem with that?
  10. lamarjones

    lamarjones Supporting Member

    Aug 27, 2002
    Raleigh, NC
    the day it came in
  11. Baird6869

    Baird6869 RIP Gord Downey. A True Canadian Icon.


    I had a 2nd (backup) Stingray 30th Anni on the way and I found a Sadowsky that I wanted more. I opened the SR to give it a quick once over and shipped it to it's new owner before I even played it.

    Also, I recently got a great deal on a 100th Anni NAMM SR and I really don't like the bass so far. I can flip it now (got it 2 weeks ago) for approx $1000+ profit. I would sell it today but my wife bought it for me for my 40th Bday and would kick my ass!!;)

    If you don't dig the bass and can sell it for more than you paid for it....sell it!
  12. blockinlay


    Feb 21, 2009
    Phila Pa
    If I was sure it wasn't for me, I would put it on the chopping block asap.
    I have three I want to sell, but I have reservations on those, so they are lingering.
    Might do a little parts swapping first to try something different.
    The grass is always greener somewhere else.
  13. fullrangebass


    May 7, 2005
    I've sold a bass 20min after receiving it. It did not click to me, BIG time. I'd like to add that I bought the bass with a view to keep it, not to sell it. Buying and selling for a profit is another issue
  14. akaTRENT


    Jan 10, 2009
    New Jersey
    +1 do what you gotta do (legally) to make that green
  15. sobie18


    May 5, 2002
    Shaw AFB, SC
    I would keep it.

    I've seen SO many basses bought & sold and then all you are left with is the whining of regrets.
  16. FenderAmpeg


    Feb 21, 2009
    So Cal
    No shame in buying/selling for legal profit, we are a free trade society.

    It's somewhat admirable that you don't want to seem opportunistic to someone on ebay, I'm sure if you checked you could find a "Buy it now" price on someone’s Grandmother.

    You mentioned the 5 string thing isn't for you as well as it being an active bass, my opinion, sell.
  17. i bought a used Brownsville 5 string last week for $150. I got it home and it sounded terrible through all my effects. I took it back 2 days ago and they gave me an even trade for a brand new Digitech Whammy. Saved $50 bucks :D
  18. Finsterino


    Mar 8, 2007
    "I once bought a streamer for $500 and immediately resold it for $1000. The people I bought it from were happy, I was happy, and the new buyer was happy. Everybody wins."

    Isn't capitalism great? Don't tell Obama, he will think you are greedy and punish you for it.
  19. Ok, you know we are not supposed to be political, here, right?

    Just one thing: I moved from France to the US, partly due to my hatred for everything socialist. I hate these people. I know them very well and I know how they can turn a perfectly good country into crap in no time.

    Being an expert in that type of people, I have one thing to say: those who think that our new president is a socialist or even an anti-capitalist should lay down the crack pipe.

    That's the only time I will be political here and I won't mind if someone snipped these little comments out of this thread.

    Thank you for your attention.

    Bottom line: I will give this bass a couple more tries and if I still don't click by Sunday, it will be on eBay.
  20. cut the politics PLEASE!!!!!

    I got rid of a G&L after about a week, tho I WAS pretty sure I didn't like it after 20 mins playing. Wasn't the build-great, or feel-great too, just wasn't MY sound-any of 'em. :)
    give it a few days- try even with yr band - if thats an option....MAY sound good there- but if it's the neck etc & U think U WON'T get into it.................

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