Ugh sold my bass to a gear flipper

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Swingin, Jun 10, 2019.

  1. Swingin


    Apr 29, 2018
    Just found it on reverb yesterday. Same guy, same bass, higher price.

    I just feel really angry and dirty that my former instrument is being used for someone else to profit, and that he wasn’t honest about his true intentions when he bought it.

    It’s in his right to do this, but something just seems unethical about it. Am I right to be miffed by the situation?
  2. Warpeg


    Jun 20, 2005
    Business is business; just let it go.
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  3. Sid the Kid

    Sid the Kid Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2013
    No need to feel upset about it, it’s not your bass anymore.
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  4. It's not your bass anymore. Don't dwell on it. There must be more important things to stress about.
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  5. Swingin


    Apr 29, 2018
    It’s not, but he acted like he was really interested in owning the bass, then it turns out he just wanted to sell it for more money than I got. It irks me. Trying to let it go.
  6. Swingin


    Apr 29, 2018
    Yeah, like if I got the dream job I interviewed for last week. :p
  7. JohnArnson


    May 28, 2019
    In my opinion you are not really entitled to feel angry about it, unless you had sold him a bass that had a special place in your heart and meant a lot to you that he had promised to you to take good care of or something like that.

    Buying a random bass used and selling it for more is just business, you were free to sell it for more, not his problem, and shouldn't really be yours either, the bass is rightfully his now and you got what you asked for.
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  8. Sid the Kid

    Sid the Kid Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2013
    Come to think of it I have taken a loss on some things to see them end up listed and selling for more. I felt a little bitterness creep in but ultimately I didn’t have the patience to wait for the better sale price and they did.
  9. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Gold Supporting Member


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  10. Buy low... sell high.
    Interesting concept.
  11. mojomike001


    Mar 28, 2013
    South Florida
    You chose to part with it. He paid you what you apparently what you thought was fair. Move on. There is nothing unethical about buying gear for the purpose of turning a profit. Perhaps you might find that he winds up sitting on it for a while before it moves at the higher price. That might make you feel better.
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  12. nonohmic


    Dec 13, 2005
    ABQ, NM.
    I don't get bass flippin. Make maybe what $75-100 depending on the cost of the bass. All that hassle interacting with tire-kickers, then package it take it down to UPS etc.

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  13. Goatrope


    Nov 18, 2011
    Sarasota Florida
    Sometimes regret feels like anger.
  14. sears

    sears Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2005
    ec, md
    And if the buyer really lied to you in a material way in order to get a good deal, that's on him not you. Live well.
  15. B-Mac

    B-Mac Happiness is a warm puppy and a great bass Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Let’s see. 100 basses a year and profit $100 each sale. $10,000

    Let’s say the seller lives a block away from FEDEX or UPS

    UPS will package it for you for additional cost

    Not really that much of a hassle in this scenario to make an additional $10k a year

    That would equate to 1.92 sales a week.

    All assuming the flipper was buying low and able to sell high

    Let’s also assume the flipper can wait as long as necessary to get the price he/she is looking for.

    You can find some deals when people are selling to make rent or get their next fix.

    Just sayin
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  16. B-Mac

    B-Mac Happiness is a warm puppy and a great bass Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Don’t sell unless you’re ready to give up your axe
  17. staccatogrowl

    staccatogrowl Savoring our spinning, shimmery aquasphere Supporting Member

    Jul 14, 2006
    A willing seller, a willing buyer, a meeting of the minds forming an agreement to purchase, and equitable consideration for the transaction defined by both properties. What exactly is the problem?

    Count your blessings. Think about what this thread would be if the buyer returned the instrument "not as described," and you owed a full refund, paying shipping to and from the buyer at your expense.

    Buyer did you a favor by keeping and selling on their own. It is possible that buyer didn't like the instrument, so decided to sell. Might as well make a profit then, right?

    Buyer's remorse? Maybe. Seller's remorse? Probably.
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  18. 57pbass

    57pbass Supporting Member

    Aug 1, 2004
    Bayside, New York
    There are people that watch the classified section and Craigslist for deals to flip.
    It’s perfectly legitimate.
    It sounds like your bass might have been listed too low for this person to purchase it. He saw an opportunity to make some money..
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  19. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism

    Did you talk to the seller? Maybe the bass wasn't for them after all so they decided to recoup their money (and then some.)
  20. Bass V

    Bass V

    Dec 11, 2008
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    just contact him and tell the disingenuous motherflipper off. I know I'll feel better for you.