Originally Posted by mfergel
Well, the $5 don't bother me so much. As someone who sells quite a bit, I look at it as covering the time to create the listing, evilbay fees, etc. Plus, even with the $5 fee, I'm still getting a good deal on the guitar and a better deal than it would have been to pay $30 for shipping.
Right, the seller could have just as easily said "Sorry, I don't do local pickups for safety reasons", then you end up paying $30, and it likely would have cost him less than $15 to ship it locally, and he would have made more, and you would have spent more. And, basically if you don't pay the 5 bucks, then he's going to tell you "too bad, then you're paying the $30 and I'm shipping it" anyway.
I think we've become spoiled because that auction place that we dare not speak of is contrary to most auction houses in that the SELLER pays fees, not the buyer (ever go to a local auction then get shocked when you have to pay up to 10% above your bid for a "buyer's premium"?), so that kind of thing never bugs me, it's a very small price to pay and the seller is getting a couple of bucks for his time, etc - and it's especially cool since you're also not paying local sales tax.
That's my $.02. Either way, it's a great deal man, great buy.
Anyway, like Andre said, don't stop there, keep on buying Ibanez!!!