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Things people do on Ebay to get you to look at their non Fenders

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by LoJoe, Jan 23, 2003.

  1. LoJoe


    Sep 5, 2002
    Concord, NC USA.
    It cracks me up the lenghts some people will go to in order to get you to look at their crap basses. A friend of mine is looking for an MIA Fender P like mine. I did search on "Fender" under basses the other day just to see what's out there. Oh I got a long list of Fenders, but it really cracks me up what people put in their titles to get them to show up in a Fender search.

    Some typical examples:

    Beautiful bass + Fender pick

    4 string bass with Fender strap

    Professional bass. Not Fender

    5 string bass, not Fender Jazz

    Nice bass with Fender strings

    Electric bass, not Fender Ibanez Warmoth etc... (I guess this guy wants his to come up no matter what you put!)

    Most of the ones I looked at were just plain junk. What do they think? That we're going to go on a search for a Fender Jazz and stumble onto some 99 dollar made in Korea brand and decide to go with that instead? Right!
  2. jcadmus


    Apr 2, 2000
    They left out Fender-style.

    How about Fender-esque?


    Ooo, Fender-compatible!

  3. Lava


    Jul 14, 2014
    El Paso, TX
    Not Fender but similar situation. I was looking at Laklands and saw this discription:

    Is this a violation of Ebay listing rules? I think it's totally deceptive listing.
  4. Uncle K

    Uncle K The bass player doesn't get a sandwich Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2011
    Erie, PA

    Annoys me a lot more than it should.
  5. 48thStreetCustom


    Nov 30, 2005
    I can't even count the number of Craislist ads for Squiers and Epiphones that say Fender and Gibson in the titles.
  6. bolophonic


    Dec 10, 2009
    Durham, NC
    There was a dude here in the classifieds who was selling a Squier neck with a fake Fender logo on it. Every reference to the brand was "Fender Squier" and he mentioned how it came with the "original Highway One tuners." It was a nice neck, but I think the guy actually believed he had turned a Squier neck into a Fender.
  7. El Güero

    El Güero

    Oct 5, 2015
  8. charlie monroe

    charlie monroe Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2011
    Buffalo, NY
    Kill them with fire
  9. hbarcat

    hbarcat Supporting Member

    Aug 24, 2006
    Rochelle, Illinois
    It's common for sellers to describe an item as "Not brand A B C D E F G etc....." just so their item will shoe up in a search for any of those brands.

    Example: "Selling Sparkomatic car stereo. Not Alpine, Blaupunkt, Clarion, Denon, Bose, Kenwood, Pioneer, Infinity, JBL, Sony"
  10. El Güero

    El Güero

    Oct 5, 2015
    The key word is describe. You can use another brand's name in the description, but not in the title. That's how it used to be, I guess it's still that way.

    So if you have an "SX, not Fender bass," you can mention that in the title. Ebay has a box you can check when searching which will apply your search words to the description and the title, instead of just the title.

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