Here it is 2010 and I'm finally getting aboard the Ebay Train. Don't
think for one minute that I wanted to do it (They dragged me in kicking and
screaming) For a mailorder company like me, I hate to say it but Ebay is a
very necessary evil !!!!!
In the early days I exposed many of the Ebay scams. I even had a huge page
on the site entitled Ebay Nightmares. The page got so big it could easily
have been a whole website itself.
When I sold my company for a short time in 2007 the owners were Ebay people,
They were a bunch of typical stereotype car dealer hucksters who did nothing
to help my reputation. I made the crucial mistake of selling them my
name. Buying it back was a financial disaster but I could not let them
continue to do what they were doing using my name.
Ebay serves as a form of free advertising that many of my competitors are
taking advantage of. I'm not talking about the ads themselves because they
certainly are not free. Ebay is very expensive like all other
corporate products. Getting Exposure on the web is hard especially when I
refuse to spend much money on advertising. In fact I have not run any paid
advertisements anywhere that I can think of in 5 years.
We are launching our new lower cost Abstract models in April of 2010, We may
break down and spend some money advertising but I really don't want too. I
am not liked by many of the forums and magazines because I have told them
repeatedly I will not advertise with them. Some of them have actually told
me they would not review our guitars because we don't advertise. I
refuse to play their little games, I have decided to use Ebay for the
advertising exposure, If I sell off a few more guitars great but the
original reason for us finally breaking down and doing Ebay is for the
Ebay is supposed to be spelled eBay I spell it Ebay and I will continue to
spell it that way. Why because I am still rejecting the whole thing in my
conscience. If I ever change my mind I will change the spelling but for now
I say Ebay.
Ed Roman has never been a fan of Ebay, Right from the beginning I recognized
that it would wreak havoc on the collector market everywhere. Part of the
fun for collectors is hunting down what they want and then having something
special & unique. Flying around the country and going to shows,
pawnshops, different stores and seeing interesting places is far more
rewarding mentally than sitting in your bedroom till 2:00 AM in the morning
waiting for an auction to close.
Today the stores even the pawnshops rarely if ever have anything good, I
pass them by all the time now because I rarely if ever can find anything
decent to buy. If you have something unique, higher quality and interesting
please give me a call I will pay top dollar for unique boutique guitars.
EXAMPLES OF POPULAR COLLECTOR ITEMS WHERE EBAY HAS
DESTROYED THE VALUE
|Objects' D Art
Has Turned A Cool Hobby Into Something Corporate
biggest collector item in the USA is the one thing ebay
does not allow Guns & Firearms
These items contribute billions of dollars to our
legitimate economy every year
Ebay has contributed hugely to the economic downfall of the United States.
Ebay has caused many guitar collectors to lose the investment potential in
their guitars. Ebay takes something special & rare and makes it common
and easy to find. This may be a good thing for the person who finally was
able to find the item on Ebay. Eventually however the guitar becomes
worth even less instead of gaining in value.
There is a huge preponderance of stolen guitars and recording gear. It is
probably the biggest fence for stolen items in the world.
Imagine if you were an investor and you bought 10 guitars that you intended
to sell at a profit. With ebay as your competition you would probably lose
your investment because someone would probably be dumping one on ebay. This
makes it hard to invest your money in the first place.
Here Are Our 2010 Ebay Terms
They Are Not Totally Up Yet But We Are
Working On Them Now
We wish you would contact us directly and not use Ebay but if you do decide
to use Ebay the below terms apply. We will always do what we can to make you
happy unless you become belligerent or act like an idiot then we will simply
hang up on you.
Ebay is a service that costs a lot to use, not just money but more important
it takes time to put together these ads. For this reason we do not accept
returns or give cash refunds on ebay purchases.
Our price guarantee is null & void on Ebay purchases, simply because you
might bid yourself higher than what we normally sell it for.
Items we put on Ebay are general products from our inventory and many of
them that are brand new will have a full warranty with them. We may
use the term " pre-owned by non player"
that means you are buying something brand new with a full warranty.
Sometimes we will put items on Ebay that we would not sell to our normal
customers, We do this to get rid of crap & untested items etc etc. If we
know the product is defective we will not put it for sale until it has been
repaired. There is no way to know if a neck is good unless you put it on a
guitar, We sell over 10 used necks a week and luckily 99% of them are fine
because we get almost no one trying to return them.
If a guitar or a neck does not have strings on it there is no straight edge
to use as a guide therefore we cannot tell if it is good or bad. You always
buy these type of products with a slight risk and it's no different here.