Packaging an amp to go in cargo...

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Gaz Goldstar, Jul 7, 2003.

  1. Hi all,

    I have maybe found a buyer for my rig (Mesa 400+ and Mesa 1516be cab) but they live in Nigeria. Now, they have responded to an ad I placed on a classified Wales web site and have expressed serious interest in buying it. The worry I have is in both the shipping and the protection of it. I was wondering if anyone has had experience with shipping a rig to or from Africa, or if anyone could reccomend the do's and dont's of attempting such a deal. Because the head is a tube head, should special precautions be made? Stupid question probably, but if it was being flown out, are customs going to allow it on a plane?
    Also, with all the recent troubles concerning Nigeria, is it maybe foolish to conduct this sort of business?
    Any help on this matter would be greatly appreciated.
  2. I have sent you a PM


  3. I wouldn't be shipping a rig like that out of the UK! I might be persuaded to ship it to continental Europe - but no way would Is edn anything to me paranoid, but just based on rcent history and spamming from the country.....I really wouldn't want dealings with them!
  4. Eric Moesle

    Eric Moesle

    Sep 21, 2001
    Columbus OH
    Nigeria has me concerned. If you've been paid by credit card, be wary that the credit might get charged back by the credit card company if it receives a complaint from the buyer, and you'll be out your funds. If you received certified funds and they've cleared, go right ahead.

    You might want to consider having a local music store assist you in packaging. It'll be worth paying them a few bucks.
  5. thumbtrap


    Jun 26, 2003
    Even if the buyer is legit - you could both get screwed by Nigerian customs.
  6. Mike


    Sep 7, 2000
    Lots and lots of Nigerian scams, man. Be cautious.
  7. Ahhhson

    Ahhhson Guest

    Jun 5, 2003
    ALBANY NY 518
    Call me crazy but i dont think the nigerian government is looking to scam money off bass equipment. Sure something shady could happen in customs, like a seize or what have you, but i dont think your dealing with a government scam of any sort. Not everyone in the country is a theif. THeres more expensive and internationally valuable things to make money off of.
  8. Read the SCAM ALERT on Harmony Central...
  9. Mike


    Sep 7, 2000
    Anyway, the only way I would pack that would be in a flight style case with latches, etc. I wouldn't trust it in a cardboard carton.
  10. Ahhhson

    Ahhhson Guest

    Jun 5, 2003
    ALBANY NY 518
  11. I think I am now becoming suspicious of this Nigerian thing. Earlier today, I had another email from a prospective buyer looking to buy the amp for a West African client. Hmmm? The only two people who are interested in the amp are from West Africa. Both people have not shown any real interest or have asked any technical questions. I don't think you'd part with £1300 for a second hand amp without really investigating it deeper.
    I think I might just keep the sale to UK customers only. Anyone out there?