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giving out serial numbers

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by chef0069, Feb 10, 2013.

  1. chef0069

    chef0069 Tele-Meister

    Mar 4, 2007
    sound beach,NY
    If I am posting a guitar online, and someone is interested and asks for the serial numbers, is there a reason I should not give them out? I always see them blacked out in ebay adds. Thanks for all help!
  2. Joe M

    Joe M Super Moderator Staff Member

    Mar 16, 2003
    I always wondered why some people black them out. If you have the original sales receipt for the guitar in question, that includes the serial number, I can't see how you'd have a problem. If you are selling a used guitar without any proof that it's yours, I guess there could be a problem if some loser wanted to claim that the guitar was his and you had stolen it.
  3. Cat MacKinnon

    Cat MacKinnon Friend of Leo's

    Nov 13, 2011
    i don't see a problem with giving out serial numbers. it's not like it's your SSN or anything. i think most potential buyers just want to verify the number with the guitar manufacturer so they can be sure the ad or auction is being honest with regards to the item description.

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  5. TeleTim911

    TeleTim911 Friend of Leo's

    Sep 28, 2009
    Calera, Alabama
    This can work several ways from what I'm thinking. 1) The potential buyer just wants to verify and see when and where the guitar was made. 2) The buyer is a fraud, and wants to steal that serial number to put on a fake. 3) Might try to make a claim it's a stolen guitar. 4) Refusing to give out the serial number tells the "buyer beware" as it could be stolen.

    As for 3, unless he has documented proof (police reports, etc) that the guitar was reported stolen he doesn't stand a chance.
  6. TC6969

    TC6969 Friend of Leo's

    Dec 28, 2007
    Rockledge Florida
    My buddy's bass got stolen and he found out where it was.

    He had the police meet him at the gig where it was, and just on the strength of him having the serial number written down in his wallet, the Cop walked up on stage and took the bass right off the guy who had it and handed it to my buddy.
  7. dented

    dented Poster Extraordinaire

    Apr 17, 2006
    Back at the Beach
    I always thought it was the crooks who steal those numbers, put them on fake guitars and try to sell them as the real thing. After all, you can look up those serial numbers correct?
  8. SamClemons

    SamClemons Poster Extraordinaire

    Jan 23, 2011
    Jasper, TN
    Anyone that wants to get serial numbers for fakes can get thousands of them off ebay or just make them up. It is a long, long, chance someone I guess could claim they have the number and the item is stolen (some kind of ripoff), but I have never heard of that happening. When buying, I often want the serial number to verify year and location of manufacture.
  9. adamkavanagh

    adamkavanagh Tele-Holic

    Aug 1, 2009
    Nepean, Ontario, Canada
    Holy, that sounds like a fairytale... in my experience cops cant really be bothered to help anyone out. glad to hear it work out so nicely.
  10. PrincessSlayer

    PrincessSlayer TDPRI Member

    Feb 1, 2013
    GOOD! Bloody thieves!
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