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Old 3rd April 2018
  #61
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That's great Ponzi, but check this out. I did one today for a bunch of stuff I just couldn't unload on the marketplaces.

Swear to g they gave me only 100 bucks less than what I was trying to sell it for

No fees, no shipping, no waiting, not nothing. Straight up cash homie.

If they are going to sell it for a 40% markup, that's there business. I was trying to unload it at fair prices and no takers. One bass I've had up for sale in 3 locations for 3 months.

I'll take the cash over holding onto my morals, thanks.

I understand people wanting to hold on to top dollar but if it's not going to sell, and you are not going to use it anymore then what does it matter. A bird in the hand is better than two in the bush, or whatever that saying is
Old 3rd April 2018
  #62
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Also, some of the stuff I've got for sale here is taking WAY too long and I've lowered it as far as I can.

I'd rather get something for it than give it away.
Old 3rd April 2018
  #63
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Yeah G.C. is like an "old friend" in those times like you've just described. Great 2nd or 3rd option.
Old 6th April 2018
  #64
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It can go the other way in a hurry, so I understand some of the concern.
Old 6th April 2018
  #65
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Originally Posted by toowrongfoo View Post
...I'll take the cash over holding onto my morals, thanks...
Not often I am accused of excessively moral behavior, and I find it deeply offensive.


Seriously, I find it hard to imagine something not moving pretty quickly on craigslist by the time I put a GC level price on it, but if there are any 'faustian' bargains to be made when one is in a hurry, I have a strong preference for Willie's Guitar in St. Paul for guitar and bass, and ebay for anything else.

I had one case on ebay where a guy sold me a preamp wiht a broken guitar jack on it, and I believe he was not aware of that as it took me a while to discover. I opened a dispute wihhin ebay as he did not respond to emails. I thought it was resolved, so I closed the dispute. Learned that in ebay one cannot re-open a dispute for any reason whatsoever. I notified seller of the $120 cost of repairing the unit.

Well, left negative feedback and maybe 9 months later I got the $120 in paypal. I didn't know where it came from and called paypal and eventually figured out that dude eventually made it right with me after I considred it the cost of doing business.

In any case, that was the only problem I had with a seller on ebay that wasn't resolved quickly.

So, never had a financial crisis of a nature where I couldn't wait a week or two do do an ebay sale, and I never feel ripped off due to the auction nature of it--I always feel I got more or less what it was worth (minus shipping of course).

Also, a troubling recent development: ************** ebay shows feedback scores for people only for the last 12 months ********. You have to look at them more closely to see if there was negative feedback older than that--WTF?????

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Old 6th April 2018
  #66
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Yeah G.C. is like an "old friend" ...
To me, more like a first wife--not an option..
Old 15th August 2018
  #67
Sweetwater have their own classifieds now too.

Regarding eBay and Reverb.com - the Gearslutz classifieds allows you to BOOST your pro audio listings for free.

Look for the orange eBay and Reverb.com tabs in the classifieds then you simply paste in your eBay or Reverb.com URL and our tech will grab the listing info and photos and promote it within our classifieds. For NO charge.

So you might as well go for the extra eyeballs on your for sale items.
Old 7th October 2018
  #68
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Has it always cost $20U.S. to advertise on Gearslutz, or is this a new thing?
That’s only for new members. Once you get your post count up it’s free.
Old 7th October 2018
  #69
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I've sold a few things through eBay, but the fees were high. I've never once had a legitimate reply on Craigslist for anything. It has always been a scammer, every time. I have some gear on consignment at a store now. It's being advertised, price is totally in line with the market. Still, it's been a year and nothing. Don't think I'm up for Reverb, or shipping gear at all these days.

I'm going to try FB Marketplace this time. There seems to be a market that's moving there.
Old 7th October 2018
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That’s only for new members. Once you get your post count up it’s free.
AFAIAA they stopped doing that like 3 years ago. Only members prior to that cutoff date got a free pass. For everyone else, now its a mandatory $20 per year for "INSTANT ACCESS" regardless of how long you've been a member or post count. Only eBay and Reverb listings are "free" to view/post. Which kinda sucks.
Old 7th October 2018
  #71
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AFAIAA they stopped doing that like 3 years ago. Only members prior to that cutoff date got a free pass. For everyone else, now its a mandatory $20 per year for "INSTANT ACCESS" regardless of how long you've been a member or post count. Only eBay and Reverb listings are "free" to view/post. Which kinda sucks.
You’re right. I found this post from Sniperschool
UK members in classifieds
Old 7th October 2018
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In the old days of gearslutz classifieds, I used to sell things very quickly and make friends in the process, but since the paywall and individual item structure, I rarely if ever get bites or responses ever on my items so I mostly moved on. As a buyer, I miss clicking on a thread that had a bunch of items from one seller - and seeing who the member is before you click in - (people also used to post in peoples' threads for better or for worse - remember that?) it felt more like a community in that way.

Way less fun to browse 50 random items per page from unknown sellers (a lot of which end up being overpriced software licenses and multiple trs snakes from one seller) It's a very clunky and unrewarding browsing experience - compared to the tailored algorithmic feeds on the other sites. I rarely post items here anymore as they sell quickly on the other sites (albeit at higher prices to cover the high fees.) Here, I'm grandfathered in. Maybe things had to change but this is just my experience.


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Old 7th October 2018
  #73
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Way less fun to browse 50 random items per page from unknown sellers (a lot of which end up being overpriced software licenses and multiple trs snakes from one seller)
Software should have it's own subcategory.
Old 8th November 2018
  #74
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Reverb

The best method to sell on Reverb is to make your received payments through PayPal only. If you sell an item and the customer pays via Reverb's system, then not only will you have to wait until the item is delivered to the buyer, but you'll also have to wait until reverb has made even more money off your money by having your money sit in their account until they collect interest on it. Also, if you're a first time seller then you're FORCED to wait until the item is delivered, and you're also FORCED to let them deposit it into their account thereby FORCING you to wait until they've collected interest on your money, even if using the PayPal option. On your second sale if you use PayPal only, then as soon as the buyer pays for the item it goes right into your PayPal account, of which you can then go to the PayPal website and transfer the money immediately to your street bank account. I've been both an ebay and Reverb seller and buyer since 2006, I hope this helps.
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Ok... spent some more time selling on Reverb.com. I guess I have massive complaints at this point.

I sold a Boss pedal last Friday. It has just been delivered to the buyer.

They have hijacked my money and haven't even "started" the bank transfer. No explanation, no time frame specified. You want more information, they send you to a page with literally no information.

So I'm sitting here with no money, the guy already has the pedal.

They didn't even give me my shipping money up front.

I had to pay OUT OF POCKET to ship this item that has been 'paid for.'

It's just a huge waste of time when the whole point was to get a little bit of money to help me at the end of the month.

Yes I "will" get my money within the next few days, but the whole thing leaves me wishing I had just sold on eBay.

What a waste of time to save $7 or whatever it comes out to.

I'll be selling more big-ticket stuff on Reverb when time doesn't matter and margins do.

If you need money fast Reverb is a joke.
Old 8th November 2018
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The best method to sell on Reverb is to make your received payments through PayPal only. If you sell an item and the customer pays via Reverb's system, then not only will you have to wait until the item is delivered to the buyer, but you'll also have to wait until reverb has made even more money off your money by having your money sit in their account until they collect interest on it. Also, if you're a first time seller then you're FORCED to wait until the item is delivered, and you're also FORCED to let them deposit it into their account thereby FORCING you to wait until they've collected interest on your money, even if using the PayPal option. On your second sale if you use PayPal only, then as soon as the buyer pays for the item it goes right into your PayPal account, of which you can then go to the PayPal website and transfer the money immediately to your street bank account. I've been both an ebay and Reverb seller and buyer since 2006, I hope this helps.
Thanks. I did not even know that was an option.

I guess I will have to do PayPal only from now on.
Old 14th December 2018
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i have never sold online in my life but i am thinking i need to do so.

now if i use ebay or reverb along with paypal ...just supposing my item is sent and arrives at the buyers ...what would happen if the buyer decides to just not pay?

would i still get my money? That’s why I can’t use them.

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Old 14th December 2018
  #77
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you don't ship until someone pays, they have all worked that way for a long time

with PayPal you get your money immediately. with Reverb payment they hold your money for a few days after you ship (which is a little bit annoying.)

But the Reverb fees are a little bit lower, so for something expensive it's a good margin.
Old 14th December 2018
  #78
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you don't ship until someone pays, they have all worked that way for a long time.
Yep.

DO NOT accept personal checks, bank checks, certified checks, or Western Union - you WILL get screwed.

Cheers.
Old 26th February 2019
  #79
If you sell online you risk getting screwed.

Never used GS to sell instruments but I have used eBay and Reverb.com.

There is a loop hole that I found out about (the hard way) on eBay where a buyer kept the item I sold and did a charge back on their credit card. Long story short: I lost the item, I lost the money for the item, I was not refunded ebay selling fees or paypal selling fees and on top of it I had to pay $24 and some change for a charge back fee by paypal. so much for seller protection from eBay or paypal. It was a $100 item but I still said NEVER again.

I have recently tried reverb.com. All of my sales were good (about 14 items) but one RUINED it all. I did not check Sold As is. I sold a keyboard for $1000 and buyer wanted a refund because it did not have the sound they were after. The buyer sent the keyboard back but the box was water damaged. Maybe that was UPS but the real kicker was that the buyer had such a disregard for packing the keyboard. They just threw it in the box and wrapped the power supply in the shroud that protects the keyboard in a wad and stuffed the manual to the side. This was shipped from me in the original box like it was from the manufacturer and the buyer literally had little care for how it was packed upon return. Basically buyers will "Try and buy" which I think abuses that 7 day return policy. I am done selling online. Even if I had checked sold as-is, I guarantee you that if a buyer does not want an item they will be able to return it and as some have mentioned could possibly damage an item to get a refund. I am sick of it and do not trust it. Too many idiots to deal with online.

I will now only sell locally. It might take longer to sell but it is not worth the heartache and trouble.
Old 26th February 2019
  #80
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These days, I dual list on eBay and Reverb.com. Usually I will have luck with one or the other. It's nice to have more than one option.
Old 26th February 2019
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Basically buyers will "Try and buy" which I think abuses that 7 day return policy.
One of the nice things about the built-in haggling phase of Reverb is that you can use it as a way to open a conversation with the potential buyer and get a sense of the person. On one occasion it was clear that the guy had no idea what he was actually buying; I told him as much and asked him not to pursue the deal and he actually complied, God bless him. On another, similar occasion the person persisted but I was able to kill the listing before he actually bought the thing. Took me another month or so to sell that piece of gear, but I would do the same thing again.
Old 28th February 2019
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These days, I dual list on eBay and Reverb.com. Usually I will have luck with one or the other. It's nice to have more than one option.
You guys know that you can promote your (private, individual seller) Reverb.com or eBay listings in the Gearslutz classifieds right?

Just click the relevant Orange tab (Reverb.com or eBay) and then just past the URL - our system will go grab the description and main photo.

Anyone looking thats interested and click the link and be taken directly to eBay or Reverb.com to learn more about the item.
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Old 27th March 2019
  #83
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From a buying perspective, we are done with using reverb.com. After their system accepted our payment and it went thru, reverb.com subsequently put our account under review. Then our payment was refunded with no explanation and with no instructions about what to do next in order to make good on our offer to buy the gear. Since this happened over a weekend when there is no one at reverb.com to "review the account", we ultimately lost out on buying the gear. This is because unbeknownst to the buyer, the reverb.com system falsely represented to the seller that we, the buyer, cancelled the order (which is completely untrue). So over the weekend the seller sold the gear to someone else. I would have expected reverb.com to hold the funds pending the review and notify the seller the sale was still pending. Completing payment within 72 hours is supposed to be the reverb.com policy, but clearly their own system does not support that policy and works against the buyer. We've never had issues like this with eBay. Reverb.com never explained why the account was put under review.
Old 2nd April 2019
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To illustrate my point, (and not to pick on this guy) but he's got FOUR separate ads of cables - this one includes "a really nice, high quality USB-2 cable" on the first page alone of Gearslutz classifieds.
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Old 2nd April 2019
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To illustrate my point, (and not to pick on this guy) but he's got FOUR separate ads of cables - this one includes "a really nice, high quality USB-2 cable" on the first page alone of Gearslutz classifieds.
Yeah that's not a suitable Classifieds listings so it's been deleted
Thanks for bringing it to our attention
Old 2nd April 2019
  #86
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You can all be naysayers, but all I can say is that I am willing to pay more when a usb cable is in its original bag...
Old 5th April 2019
  #87
TJ5
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Not sure if I should start a new thread but has anyone had any problems buying plugins from Reverb.com? I see a very good price for something but I'm hesitant to buy. I'm guessing someone is trying to sell/transfer their licence on this?
Old 5th April 2019
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Not sure if I should start a new thread but has anyone had any problems buying plugins from Reverb.com? I see a very good price for something but I'm hesitant to buy. I'm guessing someone is trying to sell/transfer their licence on this?
I bought PSP plugin from Reverb. No problem, except it took more than 48hrs until PSP delivered the license key and I was under the impression I could use it right away...
Old 5th April 2019
  #89
TJ5
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Thanks for your quick reply.

I just did an online chat with Nathan at Reverb.com about the licencing and huge price drop and he said they can offer special pricing since it's essentially from them. The licencing is a new licence from Reverb Digital.

I'm kind of new to buying plugins but does this mean that buying from third parties like Reverb mean that the licence resides with them or are they purchasing it on our behalf as I'm assuming they can get better pricing directly with plugin dealers? I'm a bit paranoid because the plugins I'm looking at are not cheap (over $500) and wasn't expecting a huge price drop until Black Friday.
Old 10th April 2019
  #90
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I just closed my REVERB account after getting a 15 DAY VERIFICATION RUNAROUND which saw me provide them with FOUR different types of ID, lost a $2000 sale while they were holding the customer's money.

Got a "we are working on it" response whenever I called. Never received promised callbacks either. And in the end, they still had no explanation of why they were unable the "verify" me in spite of all the ID they got.

Maybe they have enough customers already and really don't want any more.

All I can say is I AM ROYALLY PISSED.


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