I was bidding on what appeared to be a nice Korean Epiphone Sheraton on eBay. It had been upgraded with Gibson '57 Classic pickups and came with a nice HSC. At the close of the auction I was the high bidder. I emailed the seller and asked him to calculate shipping costs to my zip code so I could remit payment. 24 hours later I hadn't received a reply so I started to think that something was up. The next day I received notice from eBay that the seller was requesting a cancellation of the transaction. I guess I'm an eBay noob since I didn't realize that was even an option. The seller claimed that he was packing the guitar for shipment and dropped it, damaging it to the point that it was no longer fit for sale. Ok, that's possible, but my gut tells me that the $411 selling price in this no reserve auction was well below the seller's expectations and he decided not to sell. I guess I should have taken more notice of the two negative feedbacks he had received in the past, but they were from 2006 and he had nothing but positives since then. Well, I fixed that
I think I'll stick to local CL sales and the TDPRI classifieds from now on.