To be honest, I've totally fallen out with e'Bay and the feedback thing. I got -ve feedback on a guitar I sold. In the auction I said that the trem was broken, and that the guitar had a hard life and was beaten up. Sold the guitar explicitly "Sold as seen". I also clearly stated for anybody with any doubts to ask for photos before bidding. Pretty straight forward.
Anyway, a guy sniped and won the auction at the last minute. We arranged to meet up and the guy saw the guitar and paid cash. I asked that if he ever came to sell it that he'd let me know since I really love the guitar. I even bought the guy a drink so that I could break a £20. Next thing I know is I got -ve feedback saying "guitar in poor condition, problem with trem not mentioned" - I emailed him back saying "I did mention that the trem was broken and I did mention that the guitar was a poor condition. Don't forget that you looked at it before you paid me the cash" etc. Tried to get in touch with the guy a few times but nothing ever came back. I'd quite like to get the guitar back off him now that I've sorted my cash situation out a bit.
The reason I mention this is that I also (like the guy in the auction above) used to buy and sell Jems for a little profit so that I could fund myself getting a nice guitar; as well as getting to play (and own for a little while) some nice guitars. I did sell a couple of my prized jems and UVs (including the knackered one above) because I was suddenly out of a job (and very very broke). All I'm saying is that just because the guy has a history of selling guitars doesn't necessarily mean that he's lying about his reasons for selling this one... but then again, even if he is lying about his reasons, so what? You pay your money and you take your choice. The -ve feedback this guy got was from a long time ago. Plus the fact that you can't really tell who's right and who's wrong from the comments. You're a fool if you buy something delicate like a guitar from e'Bay and don't factor in a bit of risk. Just like buying anything you have to make your mind up how much you trust somebody. Yep, fair enough there's a difference between something being described a little better than it really is (mint, near mint, very good and average are interchangeable in e'Bay auctions from experience) and getting outright conned (like paying for something and never seeing it, or your money, again).
For me at least buying 2nd hand from e'Bay is like a crappy version of buying from a newspaper advert - the only difference is that you get some pictures and you don't get to actually inspect the thing (as well as getting the false "sense of trust" that e'Bay and their feedback system offer). The main thing to remember with e'Bay is that people find it much easier to lie to you through the auction listing and email than if they actually had to say it to your face.
My general rule in business – “[Given the chance] most people will try to cheat you out of more money than they rightly deserve.” Selling through e'Bay gives people a whole lot of chances to screw you. You’re just dependent on principles (or inexperience…) of the seller.You might not like this, but think about it a little before you flame me
As for the feedback - I don't EVER leave feedback until both parties have completed the transaction (One has the cash and one has the goods) - You don't have much to work with even with feedback; without that you're pretty screwed if you want to resolve a situation...
Anyway, sorry for the rant. flame me at will
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