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Would you trust a long distance guitar swap via courier??

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by goddardo, Jan 30, 2013.

  1. goddardo

    goddardo TDPRI Member

    Mar 22, 2010
    Just had a tempting offer of a guitar swap, Telecaster for my SG, but it'd be a case of us both posting our guitar via courier to each other. As I see it, there'd be no safeguards. Just don't feel easy about posting my guitar without having anything for it beforehand.
  2. BritishBluesBoy

    BritishBluesBoy Doctor of Teleocity

    Oct 19, 2006
    Brooklyn, NY
    No way. Too much risk involved.
  3. Colt W. Knight

    Colt W. Knight Doctor of Teleocity

    Jan 21, 2007
    Tucson, AZ
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  5. goddardo

    goddardo TDPRI Member

    Mar 22, 2010
    Yes, I thought as much.

    Thanks for your thoughts guys
  6. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Doctor of Teleocity

    Nov 15, 2009
    Austin, Tx
    Trust should be earned.
    Faith is dangerous.
    I don't do much of either.
    Don't get screwed/scammed.
    The real world, and cyberworld is full of snakes.
    Be wary, brother!
  7. ScottieHotrod

    ScottieHotrod Tele-Holic

    May 30, 2012
    Of course there's always a risk, at least with ebay there's some buyer protection. Your SG could end up being sold into some European sex slave situation..

    Can we see the Telecaster? Just out of curiosity..
  8. mimmo

    mimmo Tele-Afflicted

    Mar 18, 2010
    Paris France - Rome Italy
    Trust me, I DO UNDERSTAND YOU.

    But listen to me, resist and do not do it.
    Take your time.
  9. indiobravo

    indiobravo Tele-Afflicted

    Mar 14, 2009
    Raleigh NC
    sure - if the other guy was my dad. otherwise no way.
  10. jjpish68

    jjpish68 Tele-Holic

    Dec 18, 2011
    Is there a music shop that you could go through even if you both needed to kick in a few dollars to moderate the transaction? I have on a few occasions wanted to make a trade, but the trust issue got in the way. My thought was if the opportunity ever made its way to a trade again I would look into using my local music shop as the middleman.

    Just a thought.
  11. colchar

    colchar Friend of Leo's

    It depends. If it is some random person then no. But if it is someone you 'know' from a forum like this one and who is an established member, then yeah. Another forum I belong to has a rating system in its classified section, similar to the eBay rating system, and that can really help with making a decision like this.
  12. bendecaster

    bendecaster Friend of Leo's

    Aug 1, 2007
    Is this the only way to conduct this trade? Is the guitar too far to go do the trade in-person? Maybe if you just suggest this and ask for his physical address and he shucks and gives, you'd get a better feel for his intentions.
  13. Topbanana

    Topbanana Tele-Meister

    Oct 3, 2011
    Walmart, Europa
    I've done it on this board before.
  14. superbadj

    superbadj Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 26, 2008
    roanoke, va
    Each of you can "buy" each guitar from one another. Detail what you're paying and how the guitar is represented. What it's supposed to be.

    That way, if you don't get what you expect, you have some recourse via PayPal to at least get your money/expenditure back.

    That's the only way I'd do it. Covers you both.
  15. kelnet

    kelnet Doctor of Teleocity

    Apr 17, 2008
    Port Moody, BC
    Does the other guy live in the UK?
  16. 62 Jazzmaster

    62 Jazzmaster Friend of Leo's

    I've done it with a fellow TDPRI-er.
    Both guitars got delivered and I think we were both happy with the swap.
  17. goddardo

    goddardo TDPRI Member

    Mar 22, 2010
    Here it is. You can see why I'm tempted, although I can't be bothered with the hassle of middlemen etc.



    I think I'll go for this 1988 Am Std. It's only a 15 mile meet up. Same swap deal.
  18. thumbpick

    thumbpick Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 22, 2012
    somewhereville long as i get mine first...
  19. emu!

    emu! Poster Extraordinaire

    You could just send the neck first...and he could just send the body. After you are sure he is legit, then you send the body and he sends the neck.
  20. Red Square

    Red Square Friend of Leo's

    Mar 30, 2008

    You research (and speak with) the guy and he seems legit.

    Every concievable scenario is thoroughly discussed with the guy (ie; you don't like his guitar/he doesn't like yours, what then?)

    Your world wouldn't come crashing down if your guitar went away and you got nothing in return. MIGHT be worth the risk.
  21. Jack FFR1846

    Jack FFR1846 Tele-Afflicted

    Sep 18, 2011
    Hopkinton, MA
    Research the other guy's posts. That tells you a lot. I have done a trade with someone on strat talk who buys/sells/trades as much as I do and is very active there. When I sold a tele here, the buyer mentioned a few things that I said about the guitar specifically months earlier. Also helps if the other person uses the same screen name all over the web. Search my screen name for fun. You'll likely find plenty of posts in non-guitar forums.
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