'Resellers' ? Avoid like the plague or use with caution ?

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-Alan-
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'Resellers' ? Avoid like the plague or use with caution ?

Post by -Alan- » Wed Aug 28, 2019 2:38 pm

I've been looking at some of the vintage Greco Mirage/Ibanez Iceman (or should that Icemen?) for sale on Ebay and Reverb (part of the ongoing hunt tp and the right one..)

I noticed that any of the sellers are based in Japan - not surprising given the relative rarity of some of the models in Europe and the US.

Many of the ads seem to show what looks like exactly same guitar offered for sale by different sellers. Many of the sellers have decent ratings and good feedback scores, so they certainly come across as bona fide Ebay traders as opposed to fraudsters/scam merchants.

I'm assuming that they are actually middlemen - not holding the stock, but advertising guitars for sale on behalf of somebody else, and taking a commission or margin on the sale ?

I just wanted to check - am I right in the assumption that there is a sizeable amount of this kind of activity going on, and if so should I be wary of the middlemen sellers, or just accept that they serve a function in terms of connecting buyers with sellers who wouldn't otherwise connect ?

Any thoughts or advice appreciated as always,

Thanks,
Alan

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Post by CliffsComicWorld » Wed Aug 28, 2019 5:42 pm

You are correct..... buy from the actual seller vs the middleman.
Actually this is a pain in the ass on ebay as it would be easier to search vs seeing duplicates.

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Post by Harima_San » Thu Aug 29, 2019 2:35 pm

Ebay is a wonderful tool to scam peoples. It's massively present and it helps creating distance for starting a scam.

If you would buy online, I recommend you more local portals. In Switzerland, they have Ricardo or Anibis, the french tend to use LebonCoin or Audiofanzine and the germans use Ebay-Kleinanzeigen... all those are more localized, it becomes easyier to have proximity and to see trhough lies quickly.

If absolutely online, I would at least pick the baby up. Especially because buying a good guitar has a lot to do with how you feel things.

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Post by BrazenPickerNew » Fri Aug 30, 2019 2:07 am

I bought this Crews Strat from a store in Osaka in March or April. Last I checked, it was still on Ebay being offered at a huge markup. Those slimeball sellers are a nuisance at best, but worse than that they instill doubt about legitimate sellers from Japan as well.
New but unimproved Brazenpicker account. Got locked out of the old one!

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