People who lie to sell basses

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Neal Brakey, Oct 22, 2018.

  1. Neal Brakey

    Neal Brakey

    Sep 22, 2018
    Irving, Texas
    I have noticed for some time now that when people try to sell or trade a bass with you they will say it was their "Favorite" or "the best bass I have ever owned" or "been my main player" just to name a few
    I mainly noticed it when I made a dumb trade giving away my at Music Man Stingray for a Carvin LB70.
    The day after I made that trade the guy put that same music man bass on craigslist, raised the price to 1300 and said "One of the best basses I ever had" it has yet to sell, but I sure have started noticing people use those terms more often, it makes it hard to believe people sometimes.
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  2. Stevorebob

    Stevorebob Well... I Am Here, Aren't I? Supporting Member

    Sep 29, 2011
    Los Angeles
    Craig’s List? You expected otherwise?
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  3. pcake

    pcake Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2011
    Los Angeleez
    i've seen people lie to sell anything - cameras, basses and guitars, condos, cars - actually especially cars. i've always found the highest percentage of lying ads for cars.
  4. Neal Brakey

    Neal Brakey

    Sep 22, 2018
    Irving, Texas
    You got me there, but it was before I found this forum and started to use it.
    I used to trade a lot on craigslist.
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  5. Funky Ghost

    Funky Ghost Translucently Groovy

    Flipping instruments is a viable way to earn income. I'm not saying their routes to get the deal are ok or sometimes even ethical, but there is a great deal of money to be made in it.
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  6. twinjet

    twinjet Powered by GE90s; fueled with coffee. Staff Member Supporting Member

    Sep 23, 2008
    Unfortunately true. People and companies are way more scammy than first meets the eye. Quite pitiful.
  7. I've sold some of the best instruments I've owned. I needed money more than the bass.
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  8. Neal Brakey

    Neal Brakey

    Sep 22, 2018
    Irving, Texas
    I can understand that. I don't mind selling basses that mean something to you if you can be honest and up front.
    Who knows, maybe that's why I could never be a salesman, I am upfront and honest about anything I sell
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  9. AdamR

    AdamR Inactive Supporting Member

    Sep 24, 2007
    Bethel CT
    Its not a very good marketing move to say "worst bass I've ever owned"
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  10. Element Zero

    Element Zero Supporting Member

    Dec 14, 2016
    Same. But I was a guitar salesman for nearly a decade lol. I actually never sold any of my personal items before earlier this month. Maybe I’m being to honest with my listing lol.
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  11. Scoops

    Scoops Why do we use base 10 when we only have 8 fingers Supporting Member

    Oct 22, 2013
    Sugar Creek, Wisc
    Exactly! Cars are NOT Cream Puffs
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  12. B-Mac

    B-Mac Just like Aretha Sang... R-E-S-P-E-C-T Supporting Member

    Nor is it 'best bass I ever flipped for 25% mark up from the guy I just bought it from 3 days ago' :smug:

    As long as their descriptions are accurate concerning what it is and what the condition is all that really matters.
  13. ColonelZulu

    ColonelZulu Not Impressed By Those Who Flaunt “Authority” Supporting Member

    Apr 14, 2001
    One bass I have for sale actually is my favorite player. But I need to make room for a 5-string and it’s the only reasonable option.

    Another is the one I played most over the last 5 years or so, but it’s not getting used.

    I could go on all day about how great these Basses are... doesn’t me I can’t sell or trade them.
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  14. AdamR

    AdamR Inactive Supporting Member

    Sep 24, 2007
    Bethel CT
    True, But only you know that he's flipping it for 25% more than he got it for.
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  15. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru..........

    Apr 11, 2006
    Out there!
    Simply, marketing if it is a flipper bass.

    I have an amazing, to me, Martin up for sale in the classifieds, but I am selling it due to financial hardship, nothing more.
  16. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    If I could only own 36 basses what would they be?
    I have sold several basses that were literally my favorite or my main player …. but then I have owned more basses than I can count … probably more than 75. My playing and tastes have evolved over time and sometimes I own a lot of basses and I need cash ...
  17. AdamR

    AdamR Inactive Supporting Member

    Sep 24, 2007
    Bethel CT
    My favorite is old cars with the claim. "No rust ever"
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  18. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru..........

    Apr 11, 2006
    Out there!
    That could very well be true depending on the where the car has spent its life.
  19. lfmn16

    lfmn16 Inactive Suspended

    Sep 21, 2011
    charles town, wv
    Let it go. We've all made bad trades, some of us just won't admit it.
  20. gln1955

    gln1955 Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2014
    Ohio, USA
    "Best bass I ever owned" may be true, but it tells me nothing. Maybe every bass that person has is a POS.
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