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    Default Re: This weeks mandolin that won't get a bid or buyer

    This just in - just in case anyone was interested. Still. Before it's too late.

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    I'm not. Indeed, no one is. Not enough to bid on it, with time running out. True to the estimate - hasn't got a bid.

    It could be YOURS!!!

    It's creepy that I got an emailed notice from eBay just for looking at the auction. I didn't put it on my watch list or anything. It's like ... hey guys, if I were interested, I'd have made a move. Don't bug me. I'll spend my C-note on something I actually want. Meanwhile, sod off!
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    I'm laughing at the North Carolina "boutique" shop that's listing a nine year old standard issue Martin D-18 for $175 more than a new one costs.
    Bet they'll sell it, though, to an unsuspecting customer who hasn't done their homework.

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    FWIW, I've been an eBay member for over 20 years with over 4,000 transactions and in every case sellers have been basically honest and fair -- until this year for some reason! Not sure why. This year I won the bid on a guitar amp for $200 and the seller said they sent it, but it never showed up. When I asked for the tracking number I got not response from the seller. After a month, I had eBay step in and cancel the sale and I received a refund. Again, not sure why this happened -- the seller was selling other items up to $2500 and getting good feedback from those sales, so I am confused.

    Another item I bought was a guitar repair tool for $40 that was $20 under the normal selling price and the seller was brand new with zero feedback -- no surprise, it was a scam and I reported it to eBay. I realized later, they lifted the photos and copy from StewMac's catalog! Paypal refunded me on that one.

    Like I say, I'm not sure why I'm running into these characters, lately. I guess we are living in desparate times where $40 to $200 is enough motivation for someone to commit a crime (scam, fraud, whatever the proper term might be.....) Too bad, I say.

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    Quote Originally Posted by journeybear View Post
    This just in - just in case anyone was interested. Still. Before it's too late.

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    And no one was. But now, the news is, it's baaaaack! And with that price reduction, this time it might actually go.

    Or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Mando View Post
    FWIW, I've been an eBay member for over 20 years with over 4,000 transactions and in every case sellers have been basically honest and fair -- until this year for some reason! Not sure why. ... I'm not sure why I'm running into these characters, lately. I guess we are living in desperate times where $40 to $200 is enough motivation for someone to commit a crime (scam, fraud, whatever the proper term might be.....) Too bad, I say.
    I have nowhere near the volume of eBay experience as you - I mean, I may have made 1-2% of your total transactions in my life - but the vast majority have been favorable. Until this year. I found a good deal on some Japanese issue CDs of old Shocking Blue albums (I've mentioned several times they had quite an impressive career, much more than the perceived one-hit-wonder status to which they're relegated in the US), and asked the seller if they could all be put in one package and sent as one, so instead of spending over $20 in postage, I would be charged $5-6. The seller was fine with this. When I went to checkout, there was no change. I contacted the seller, and when I heard back, I was told the discount would be applied automatically upon payment. (These back-and-forths took days, of course.) It was not. When the package arrived, the actual postage charge was $5.85, though I was billed $22. I contacted the seller, or tried to - I got a message to the effect that the seller was "no longer registered on eBay." I'm sure some of you had been wondering, why worry over $16 and change, isn't that petty - yet here is someone operating a business willing to shut it all down over this amount. I'll wager, though, there were other customers whom the seller had been flim-flamming, for much more moolah; I was a small fish caught in a big net. Besides, a deal is a deal. It's a matter of principle. I filed a claim with eBay for a refund, which stalled for a bit, though they expressed sympathy. They repeatedly advised me to contact the seller and I repeatedly informed them it was impossible and why. They finally reimbursed me themselves, as a courtesy. I'd never seen anything like this.

    A month or so later I found a decent price on my favorite model of VCR (I may be progressive in many ways, but I'm also steadfastly old school in others) and made the purchase. As I have learned I must do, before paying I asked for and received an assurance that the machine actually worked - that the seller's idea of testing was more than just plugging it in, turning it on, and seeing lights go on - that it was fully functional. I've had problems with these several times, and have been unable to determine whether they had not been adequately tested, or these "antique" electric devices had been damaged in shipment. When it arrived, very well packed I must say, I plugged it in - nothing. The lights didn't even go on. Moreover, there was a tape in the carriage. How in the world the machine could have been tested by the seller and a tape left in it is beyond me. That proved it was not working, as far as I could figure. I shot a video of it not functioning, packed it back up, and sent it back - after much denial from him - a teenager or twenty-something "doing a favor for his grandpa." At least he was amenable to a refund. Epilogue: I just pulled the trigger on another one, and this time I'm going to go pick it up in person, as I'll be up that way this weekend. I'll be able to test it in person, and it won't suffer the vagaries of shipping.

    I had another experience, worse than both of those combined. But since it involves someone else, I don't feel at liberty to discuss it. Also, It's rather complicated, and nearly caused an international incident. Fortunately it didn't come to that, but I did learn that not all Canadians are polite and deferential. I may never recover from that experience. These three events occurred just this winter. So I also wonder what has happened to occasion this spate of untoward activity. Are times really that hard? Or is this all due to happenstance?
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    Quote Originally Posted by journeybear View Post
    And no one was. But now, the news is, it's baaaaack! And with that price reduction, this time it might actually go.

    Or not.

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    this has been relisted multiple times going down in price each time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Garber View Post
    this has been relisted multiple times going down in price each time.
    But somehow ... just never ... quite ... enough ...
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    I'm still partial to that listing titled simply "A". It's all we needed to know, and so much more.
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    "A?" Eh?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Reywas View Post
    I'm still partial to that listing titled simply "A". It's all we needed to know, and so much more.
    You have expensive taste!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reywas View Post
    I'm still partial to that listing titled simply "A". It's all we needed to know, and so much more.
    He is referring to the $300,000 Ibanez on eBay in the listing titled “A”. https://www.ebay.com/itm/373059030610
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    I think I've seen this here somewhere before but wanted to post in case someone is looking for a HUGE mandolin. Click image for larger version. 

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    Do we ever tire of "lawsuit" proclamations, lol!
    I believe this mandolin could also qualify for the "ugliest scroll" thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jim simpson View Post
    Do we ever tire of "lawsuit" proclamations, lol!
    I believe this mandolin could also qualify for the "ugliest scroll" thread.

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    Greco was certainly a maker of lawsuit instruments but this was not one of them. I have a Strat Sixties copy that probably was a better of vintage than the original Fenders. Even I would have sued them. Yes, to nominate for the ugliest scroll thread and also ugliest sunburst.
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    Ouch.

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    I like the ornamentation around the sound hole. The rest of the instrument, not so much.

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    I believe the fret job on that 4-stringer above will render an authentic 'rustic' intonation.

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    I had to replace the original factory fretboard on a c. 1931 Gibson A-4 because the fret placement was as bad as or worse than the above example.

    Not a mandolin, but a 1954 Martin D-28, nice but certainly not excellent ++, for $24K at a well known Brooklyn shop. Although their prices tend to be rather high, I don't see how they came up with that number. Perhaps they meant to type $14K [which would still be a premium price] and hit the wrong key. Or maybe they had a visit from a certain Staten Island ghost.

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    Rcc56: you are correct. I just checked and RetroFret has a ‘59 D-28 for $11k so I am not sure why they have that ‘54 so much higher. My guess is that it is on consignment and the consigner insisted on that price. Or, as you say, it could be a typo.
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    Here's some poor chap who has found a set of old, probably, East German tuners in a Harmony box and has mistaken them for something rare and special. I don't suppose anybody is in the market for such tuners- not least at the price that is being asked.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/25457212628...f9a2%7Ciid%3A1

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    This eBay seller has some interesting vintage instruments and has labeled a couple of them "mandolins" even though one is a bandurria and the other looks like a 12-string guitar.

    Here's another instrument from that seller:
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrmando View Post
    This eBay seller has some interesting vintage instruments and has labeled a couple of them "mandolins" even though one is a bandurria and the other looks like a 12-string guitar.

    Here's another instrument from that seller:
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/32464757073...kAAOSweOtgmqRB

    Other Rickenbacher Electro "frying pan" lap steels from the '30s, in better shape, are selling for $3–4K on Reverb.
    yes, but, “We are selling a large selection of RARE items from a lifelong collector of movie, writing, music, and horse related items.

    These items were owned by Victoria Racimo, a celebrity writer and actor. We believe the music instruments were possibly her fathers, who was a talented musician and played around the world in the USO united service organization.”

    Actually, the bandurria is cool ($899) with lots of case candy and the Pagani 13-string (?) looks like it was made by one of the Greenwich Village Italian luthiers though probably prices too high at $2999. I wonder if it is a 12- string wit an extra bass.
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    As mandolin harps go, this is a decent price. But it's not a mandolin harp. So ... Then again, it's Hawaiian, and there's sheet music ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrmando View Post
    This eBay seller has some interesting vintage instruments and has labeled a couple of them "mandolins" even though one is a bandurria and the other looks like a 12-string guitar.

    Here's another instrument from that seller:
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/32464757073...kAAOSweOtgmqRB

    Other Rickenbacher Electro "frying pan" lap steels from the '30s, in better shape, are selling for $3–4K on Reverb.
    The 14-string guitar-shaped one is, I think, an octavina, a Philippine instrument played in Rondalla orchestras along with the Philippine 14-string bandurria (which they also have one for sale) and laud. The Spanish ones only have 12 strings, and they don't have the octavina, which is only used in Philippine orchestras.
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