Nervous about buying a bass on TB

Discussion in 'Classifieds Usage Discussion and Help' started by Sue Egypt, Apr 30, 2019.

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  1. Sue Egypt

    Sue Egypt Inactive

    Apr 19, 2019
    Ashland, NC
    Just as the title says I want to buy a bass from a TalkBass classified but I'm worried about it for a few reasons.
    1. I haven't had my hands on it and it's too far away to try before buying.
    2. What is something is wrong with it? Does TB get involved with transactions at all like eBay? Will I have recourse if there's a problem?

    I bought a bass from a guy on TB years ago but I actually drove 7 hours to pick it up from the guy and paid cash. Felt safer that way and less likely to regret it.

    I welcome your thoughts/guidance fellow bass people.

    I decided not to make the purchase because the seller is not responding to my private messages.
    Last edited: May 4, 2019
  2. Stumbo

    Stumbo Guest

    Feb 11, 2008
    1. What's the TBr's rating?

    Paypal has buyer protections.
  3. Sue Egypt

    Sue Egypt Inactive

    Apr 19, 2019
    Ashland, NC
    K thank you. The TBer in question is at 100% positive so that is heartening.
  4. I have never bought but sold one.

    If the seller has completed other sales maybe you can contact the people that bought from him and confirm they were happy with the transaction?
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  5. mdogs

    mdogs Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2010
    Constant state of flux
    100% of how many transactions? I got burned once here, but the guy turned out to be a scumbag and disappeared immediately after, he had a good rating. But, all in all, I would say that you are about as safe on here as you are anywhere, use PayPal!!
  6. bass12

    bass12 Not a "groovehacker" Supporting Member

    Jun 8, 2008
    Montreal, Canada
    You're always taking a chance when buying without trying. No way around that. Most TBers who buy and sell on TB want to maintain a good feedback record. Unless you're dealing with someone who has no history buying/selling -wise on TB (or with someone who has a negative feedback rating) then I would be pretty confident about buying here. I've had nothing but good experiences with the TB classifieds.
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  7. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    There's always some risk even with 100% positive feedback. That's the reality of buying from an individual. That shouldn't necessarily stop you but it is what it is.
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  8. MonetBass

    MonetBass ♪ Just listen ♫ Supporting Member

    Sep 15, 2006
    Tulsa, OK
    I've purchased five basses from the Classifieds here on Talkbass without issues. (I still own three of them.) That's not to say you won't have problems, but I'd trust the sellers on here much, much more than any other site.
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  9. Bob Clayton

    Bob Clayton My P doesn’t have flats or tort Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2001
    Philly Suburbs
    Pay with paypal goods and services. Never friend money using the friends and family option. If you do that and there is something wrong, you’re screwed. As stated in the Classified FAQ, all transactions are at your own risk. TB is unable to get anyone’s money back in the event of a bad deal.

    I’ve been dealing here for years with no issues though.
  10. cosmicevan

    cosmicevan ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    If you are concerned about what will happen when the bass is actually in hand, then I'd put some stipulations around the deal. I have made trades with a right to return window. You just need to be aligned since someone has to eat the shipping costs on a return so best to get that squared away up front. Depending on where you are shipping, a round trip shipment ticket will more than likely be north of $100 and no seller is looking to lose that because in person the color looks different or you didn't realize that 12lbs was actually pretty heavy until you held it.

    If you are a nervous buyer, I'd set something up with the seller that gives you an opportunity to check it out and send it back at your cost if it doesn't meet your needs. This way there is no risk to the seller to lose money if you have buyers remorse once it shows up in person. Obviously get all the appropriate contact info to make sure that the seller doesn't just ignore you too.
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  11. Sav'nBass


    Jan 18, 2009
    Virginia Beach
    I currently own 6 basses... 4 were bought on TB... Of the 18 basses I have owned over the past 20 years including he ones that I currently own.. 10 were bought on TB. Of that 10 3 were bought in person .. two from the same TB er.. the others were sight unseen and of those all save one was as advertised or better... That one had some issues that I had to address.. they were not major issues so I did not make a stink but I never dealt with that TBer again because I felt that they should have been disclosed and I told him so. Buying anything used online you take a chance.. but I would rather deal with TB than eBay or CL...and I have found most TBers to be just like me.. not trying to scam anyone.. just lovers of the low end like me who want to move some gear. I have bought 4 heads, 5 cabs, several pedals, a bag or two.. a stand.. and some other stuff I forgot... and out of the 63 transactions I have had on TB only one hd an after taste..

    Look not only at the rating.. but also the number of transactions.. and read the input .. that is why it is there.. Look at the deal thread and see how the person advertised their gear .. and what the buyer had to say about the transaction ... The most I ever spent on a TB deal was $900 ... twice... one of those basses I still have .. the other I sold because it was a 6 and I just couldn't get into it... but my point is give TB a shot. I have had the opportunity to use some really great gear, learn a lot and meet some really good folks.. and it did not cost me any where near what I would have paid if I bought new..
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