Crazy, selling an amp in today’s climate

Discussion in 'Fred's Barcalounge' started by radd, Jun 27, 2020.

  1. pmac11

    pmac11 Country Gent

    Mar 4, 2018
    Toronto, Ontario
    I've bought and sold a few things lately on Kijiji. I sold a DSL15 head from the front porch, set it up with one of my cabs and a patch cord, and the buyer brought his own guitar. Sold an unloaded 212 cab yesterday, also off the front porch. Sold a book on tube amp design from the window of my car in a liquor store parking lot. Bought a Mesa F50 the seller had set up on his back deck for me to test drive. Buying and selling with masks and 2m spacing is possible!
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  2. Sid Nitzerglobin

    Sid Nitzerglobin Country Gent

    Jun 8, 2015
    My best was the guy who wanted to trade me 3 plywood BC Rich's & a set of used drill bits for a 2003 6120-SSL...

    Definitely a big time waster, Craigslist is. You might sell some stuff/buy some stuff, but it's a PITA much more often than its not.
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  3. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Santa cruz

    The thing is, the buyers are targets more often than the sellers. The buyers have cash.
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  4. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Santa cruz
    I’m on a selling roll, two guitars and an amp in three days :D

    The amp, and the guitar today, both on Craigslist sold in less than 24 hrs. Both adds prompted easily spotted scammer replies and the ads resulted in me meeting two very nice guys who paid in full, no haggling.
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  5. ramjac

    ramjac Synchromatic

    Aug 14, 2011
    Funny, that same my-dignity-for-$5 guy tried to buy my subwoofer. Setting the price so that an ATM can dispense the exact amount doesn’t work, apparently. Switching to Paypal/Zelle reduces the odds of a “miscounting” problem and avoids awkward “making change” scenarios. Lots of other benefits, too.

    Did he want you to drop it off “the next time you’re in his neighborhood”, so as not to inconvenience you?

    Most CL negotiating tactics seem silly and non persuasive, but either they work often enough to encourage buyers to keep trying, or buyers are telling the same tall tales our dads did about talking the car dealer down.
  6. Andy Fortune

    Andy Fortune Gretschie

    May 24, 2016
    Corning, NY
    I've given up on Craigslist. Facebook Marketplace has been very good, and I like that you can see the prospective buyer's basic profile before responding, and vice versa. Then I always require a phone call before meeting up. I recently sold a PA on FB Marketplace and the deal was great. When the guy asked about it, I was able to see who he was and that he was from a pretty busy (not lately, of course) local band. I didn't know him, but I knew a couple of the other band members. He paid full price in cash, too. I buy and sell most smaller stuff on forums or Reverb.
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  7. s360guitarist

    s360guitarist Electromatic

    Feb 17, 2010
    St. Louis
    Just did a trade here locally. First time I have not shaken a guys hand at the end of the deal. We both had masks and set the gear on the parking lot for the other to grab. Weirdest thing ever.
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  8. Merc

    Merc Country Gent

    May 6, 2017
    Within the last two months we’ve sold eight items on FB Marketplace with ease. I really think it’s better for the reasons you pointed out too. A lot of people are likely using it over Craigslist because of the scammers and being able to view the profile for safety.
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  9. Randy99CL

    Randy99CL Synchromatic

    Feb 17, 2020
    As I wrote earlier I've bought two guitars off CL/FB and the 5129 seller was on both so I contacted him through FB because I could look at his profile first. Naturally I prefer that way.

    But my first guitar buy through FB fell apart and I don't know why. Woman listed a baby blue Yamaha Pacifica with hard case for $110 new never played. One pic that looked OK. I contacted her, said I'd like to meet in a safe spot and she said OK but we'll have to wait for the weekend.
    Meanwhile, another same-model Pacifica, this one red, showed up under her name with basically the exact same pic. Same price, same new never played, weird. Could have been the same pic with color changed in Photoshop.
    It had already been a few days so I contacted her again and said I'd prefer the red one and she said OK but I'm busy at work and can't meet yet.
    She put me off for about two weeks before I gave up. I don't know what happened but something was fishy and I never was confident that she wasn't a rip-off even though I'd think it's not worth jail time for $110.
    There are some fake profiles on FB but they should be easy to spot. Hers looked fairly normal, maybe she was just a flake.
  10. Henry

    Henry I Bleed Orange

    Apr 9, 2014
    We left a futon out front saying "free, needs cleaning". People knock on the door and ask if it is available. It is sitting there, says free, what do you think?

    Then a lady will come by and say "oh, I would like that, but I am not sure how I could get it home by myself . . ." Looks at me expectantly, so I respond, " I don't know either, I guess you won't be able to take it then."

    If it's this much hassle to give things away, no wonder I hate selling stuff.
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  11. Ricochet

    Ricochet I Bleed Orange

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    I responded to a local ad for aBoss Katana. Cheapest I've seen anywhere. 0 Feedback seller.
    We all gotta start somewhere, so I send a mail I was in the neighbourhood, could I pick it up in person?
    I received a reply to leave my full name, Address, whatsup number, and bank number and they would get back to me.
    I imagine it's hard to find honest work if you're that stupid. :)
  12. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Santa cruz
    if you had left it on the curb with a sign, for sale $20, it would have disappeared that night.....
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  13. DougWheeler74

    DougWheeler74 Gretschie

    Jul 10, 2019
    NE Wisconsin
    A friend put a dead lawn mower on the curb for trash day collection. Someone took it that night. He figured it was a picker and that person would probably rebuild it it with an engine salvaged from another move. Nope. A couple of days later it turned back up on his curb. He was not happy.
  14. ramjac

    ramjac Synchromatic

    Aug 14, 2011
    Best not to bother with a sign. If they get the idea that they’re actually doing you a favor, they’ll try to leverage it.
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  15. Henry

    Henry I Bleed Orange

    Apr 9, 2014
    Our neighborhood is depressingly honest. I am considering a different sign next time "FREE if you just take it; $50 if you talk to us."
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