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Old 04-13-2023, 07:51 PM
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OH! Nice ending.....nice guitar!! Congrats and thanks for following up with the details you shared with us!
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Old 04-15-2023, 09:38 AM
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Love a happy ending, and congrats!
It's really appreciated when posters follow-up and post the outcome. This is a perfect example.
Thanks again!

Originally Posted by Alexrkstr View Post
Happy to report that I took a chance, and it went well.

Now, I did my homework. Here’s a few things that I checked:
1. That he was a real person (LinkedIn confirmed)
2. Asked for a reference, which he gave me and I spoke with someone he knew extensively, all facts matched on who the recommended was and who the seller said he was and the guitar he was selling
3. I did a personal check for traceability, certified mail for confirmation of receipt, and spoke with the gentleman several times on the phone

Still risky, but I took a measured risk and it paid off. I love the guitar.
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Old 04-15-2023, 10:07 AM
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Glad it all worked out for you cat.

I was in a similar situation once and the seller agreed to meet me halfway and do the transaction in person. I see you’re in Chicago and it’s about 9 1/2 hours between there and Ashville. Louisville would be a little over 4 hours for each of you and that’s about the same travel time as I had for my transaction. It would kill a day for both of you and add some gas$ but eliminate the risk and shipping cost. We were both happy with the transaction and had a nice lunch together and talked guitar nerd stuff for an hour. I was home playing my new guitar by supper time and didn’t have to worry about shipping damages.
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Old 04-15-2023, 10:25 AM
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Thanks, guys. Yes, I think I took a measured risk and checked all the boxes that I could check. It's good to see how many other creative options can be considered.

There are still good humans in the world. But definitely do your due diligence!
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Old 04-17-2023, 04:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Dogma View Post
No one responded to my earlier question about Zelle/Paypal buyer protections (do they exist? I am skeptical) but isn't this (quote above) the potential issue with all private transactions? As I understand, it's the argument for Reverb or eBay.
I kept waiting for this response myself.
Is Zelle or whoever going to get your money back when the guitar never shows up? I think not.
I thought the proponents of the electronic payment process were inferring a “my way or the highway approach”.
I pick the highway and…see ya’ …wouldn’t want to be ya’.
Anyway, glad it all worked out.
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