I’ve been buying and selling on eBay for over 16
years, almost since day one of eBay; my history on Craigslist is about the
same, and like many of you, I have started buying and selling on Reverb. And so I propose that I am about as qualified
as anybody to offer up some general guidelines for both buyers and sellers, so
You must provide GOOD detailed pictures of the
item you are selling; expect to field many requests of “I need to see pics”! If you don’t provide pics we all know that
you are either: 1) a crook, or 2) a do-fuss.
Number one lands you in jail and number two means that if your item
sells at all, it will sell VERY cheap!
You must provide excellent detailed descriptions
of what you are selling. Get your crap
together before listing a musical item, get the details. It’s not hard to figure out the year of a
guitar’s manufacture, for instance … so include this info!
Don’t use ALL CAPS, multiple exclamation-marks
(!!!!), or stupid opinions in your description “This is hot and will sell FAST”.
Be realistic about your price. See what items like yours are actually
SELLING for on Craigslist, eBay, etc and figure if you price yours at about
that, it will sell; a little higher and it might still sell but will sell
slowly, a little lower and it should sell quick. Oh, and get a clue: “this instrument was once
owned by a guy who was once in a band that had a little success” is NOT going
to help your item sell, or make it worth a premium price.
You would think this need not be stated, but … well, folks, fraud will
get you in every imaginable form of trouble; it’s just not worth it!
Communicate with folks! Answer legitimate questions quickly and
friendly if you really expect to sell your item!
Don’t hassle a seller unless you seriously plan
to buy the item. Don’t be a jerk, nuff
Play by the rules. If a Craigslist add says “cash only” or “no
trades” … please, don’t bother the seller with “can I pay you over time” or “I’ve
got a great 4-wheeler I’ll trade you”.
PAY, damn it.
On eBay or Reverb, there is no reason to not pay immediately, so just do
Have realistic expectations. This is especially true with vintage gear, or
really, any used gear. See my blog “What
You Need To Know About Buying aa Guitar on-line”. Same goes for amps and other gear. If it’s 30-60 years old, expect all those
years to have affected it in all kinds of ways!
DO NOT use feedback as a weapon. The idea that “my guitar arrived with strings
that need to be changed and so I’m gonna burn this dude with my negative
feedback” is the doings of a real douchebag!
Even worse is using feedback to extort money. “Hey, I’m going to give you bad feedback if
you don’t refund some money” is the work of a CRIMINAL douchebag!
Be patient on shipping. I know it’s hard in this current on-line
climate, but you must take into account the fact that your seller may well be a
regular Joe with a full time job, three kids, a wife and a dog.
Communicate well. Yep, as in selling, this is of paramount
importance. If there is a legitimate issue
with an item, communicate in a clear, friendly, and non-emotional manner with
I’m sure there’s more I could add, but I’m going to
resist the urge to beat this drum any further.
Now, Ya’ll go out and do some good friendly buying & selling!