Ebay? Good go or No go?

Lewis.S

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Hi all,

I would like to know everybodys opinions on Ebay, I would like to start getting different mouthpieces etc. and with being only 12 years old and small pocket money, I was wandering whether you generally get good deals on Ebay.

Lewis;}
 

Tommy Ng

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Hi all,

I would like to know everybodys opinions on Ebay, I would like to start getting different mouthpieces etc. and with being only 12 years old and small pocket money, I was wandering whether you generally get good deals on Ebay.

Lewis;}
It is generally risky to buy things from ebay if you are not an experience buyer. I found that things are not cheap in ebay, they are "reasonably priced" at the end of auction.

If you are after a mouthpiece, i would advise you to buy it from shops.

http://www.saxophones.co.uk/index2.html
Woodwind & Brass Ltd - The Home of Woodwind and Brass Instruments & Accessories OnLine
Musical Instruments - Woodwind and Brass Specialists - John Packer
Sheehans Musical Instruments | Sheehans
Howarth of London - Oboe Makers - Oboe, Bassoon, Clarinet and Saxophone Specialists
etc...

Is there a music shop around you? The best thing is, bring your sax to the shop and try out as many mpc as possible.
 
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kevgermany

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I tned to agree with TommyNg. But... There are still bargains to be had. For instance an antique german sax went unsold at 100 euros last week, but sold this week for more than 230. If I'd bid the 100 last week, I'd have got a bargain.

Things also sometimes go for much more than a fair price if 2 people get into a bidding war and neither is prepared to give in....

So you need to know:

1 - what the thing's really worth (don't forget to factor postage into your bid) based on what you can see describned and in the pics. Don't be afraid to ask a question, but think carefully - sometimes the answer may tip others off to what's actually on offer, rather than the inaccurate or incomplete description. That can cost you...
2 - what you can afford (the easiest bit)
3 - what your chances are of selling it on for a reasonable price if it doesn't suit you. You may be able to try/inspect things if they're local to you - especially a sax.
4 - MOST Important, what are the seller's reputation & history like. Read the negatives (if any). Be objective. Don't even consider bad sellers, no matter how tempting the offer - unless it's money you're happy to throw away....

Read up on the web about bidding and strategy... Lots to learn there. And if something looks too cheap - it probably is - or you're incredibly lucky...

Big name mouthpieces rarely go for less than a fair price here in Germany. But you need to assess the market in your country.

You also need to be aware that there's a minimum age for trading over ebay... So you'll need to do it through an adult. Sorry, bet that hurts.

But it doesn't hurt to put a wanted post in the market here. The people here will offer thigns at a fair pice and will point out any defects. This may be a better way foward for you.
 

Phil Edwards

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But it doesn't hurt to put a wanted post in the market here. The people here will offer thigns at a fair pice and will point out any defects. This may be a better way foward for you.
Good starting point, what you after?

Edit to add, just read your other posts, I'm guessing it's an alto piece?

Phil
 
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jonf

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I've got some great buys on eBay, and not really been stuck with any lemons, through being careful. Kev's advice is very sound, but there's one thing I'd like to add. Pretty much the most important thing about eBay, and any other auction for that matter, is not getting carried away. To avoid getting burnt, you have to decide how much you are prepared to pay, and stick to it. For each great bargain I've got, I've probably bid on 20 or 30 others and not got them. By bidding low and frequently I occasionally get something great, but often miss out. The skill is in not caring about the ones you miss.

Jon
 

MartinL

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I've had some great buys on ebay, it pays to "study the form" but a lot of ebayer's value their feedback and describe honestly. OK, one or two don't but if you look at your sellers feedback you'll get a good idea. I've sold lots there too, always completely honestly. I think its a great tool.
 

jeepmammouth

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Caveat Emptor.
Don't know what it means but it does sound good.
Rough translation: it means "Let the buyer beware"

eBay is great if you are carefull. What REALLY ticks me off is when someone puts an item up for auction and then cancels-it because the bidding didn't go high enough.

I've contacted eBay and it's acceptable apparently. Ticks me off, if you want to put a reserve, then do so otherwise an auction should be an auction.

I usualy just ban buying from losers who do that afterwards.
 

SteveK

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Ebay is fine as long as you stay inside the rules. Do not accept any 'out of bidding' offers and use Paypal to pay - they can hold onto the money for you until you have received the item. If you are not happy and they will not accept a return you can complain to ebay and they will arbitrate.
I have used ebay on many occasion and have never had a problem. Musical things, I have found, are invariably in good condition.

But, I strongly recommend that you watch prices for some time before - put the item on 'watch' and then you can monitor for a few a weeks. You can then see the winning bid prices and get a feel for the prevailing prices. Then check these prices with other places.

So, in summary stay within the rules and do your homework on prices first. Oh, and do not bother to bid until the last 30 minutes as it is just a waste of time.
Steve
 
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