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Anyone used ebay for hifi..Help!

Discussion in 'Hi-Fi Stereo Systems & Separates' started by martian1, Nov 24, 2003.

  1. martian1

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    I am interested in picking up a amp on ebay. The sellers feedback is excellent but having never used this service before and possibly parting with £350-£400 i am concerned about the transaction. Any advice,tips would be very helpfull.

    Thanx
     
  2. pringtef

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    I haven't ever bought stereo kit on Ebay, but I sold the following recently there:-

    B & W CDM1SE
    Arcam 10 DAVE
    Arcam 10P/2 Power Amp
    Arcam 10P/3 Power Amp
    Arcam 9 CD Player

    Sold the lot for nearly £2100, and that was to four different sellers. Didn't have a single problem.

    Have a good look at the users feedback, particularly with regards to the value of the items that have been involved previously.

    Of course, you've also got the forum here as well.................
     
  3. ChrisNic

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    I have found that hifi equipment on ebay goes for more than its worth (it has been in my favour though). I would have a look round the specialist second hand hifi places which hopefully the next person to reply will link to.......................................

    Because I dont know of any :(
     
  4. alexs2

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    I would agree that items on ebay frequently fetch a bit more than their market value elsewhere,but as long as the price is right,you should have no problems.

    I've bought and sold a few things via ebay and had no problems with buyers with good feedback ratings.
    It's definitely worth using ebay's payment services for peace of mind also.

    If you do want to look through the ex-dem and secondhand markets alsewhere,you could have a look at

    www.ex-dem.co.uk
    www.loot.com
     
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    See I knew people would post some links to some second hand places! :) :)
     
  7. martian1

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    Thanks for all the help. I dont know about e-bay payment methods, guy wants either a cheque or bankers draft.
     
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    If he wants a cheque or bankers draft then make sure you pick up in person.

    Only time I didn't follow this rule was when I made an electronic transfer to a seller's account...for £1400 :eek: when I got my DAC64. The difference was that I'd exchanged a number of e-mails with him and he had previously sold hifi gear to a friend of mine so it was pretty safe and my DAC arrived safely :)

    On the whole, if the price is good then eBay is a good source and you can get some bargains. Always check the users feedback though and see what he's been selling/buying and for what price. Don't be afraid to ask the seller questions aswell - their responses can help you form an impression aswell and always use PayPal/NoChex etc unless you're going to pick up in person. Be careful of sellers who insist that you use an escrow service as there have been a lot of scams involving escrow.

    Michael.
     
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    This does tend to happen, but if you check in advance the orginal retail price and set your own cut-off strictly, you won't get burned. I posted a rough guide to second hand values on there as i got fed up with people overbidding!! However, if you wait and keep a close eye on the auctions you can get a REAL bargain. I've picked up a few bits at well below what i would have on X-dem and audiophilecandy.com. It often depends on simple things such as time an auction ends, a glut of an item etc.................

    As michael says beware certain types of payment, and check carefully feedback. If it's in the low to mid 90's beware!! So far (crosses fingers) i haven't been caught out - but people have, check out the ebay forum!!
     
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    I bought my current CD player, a Marantz CD63 MkII KI via Ebay - they regularly go for around £160+, so I snapped it up on "Buy it Now" when it was listed at £150 :)

    Still around £200 for a KI from most ex-demo sites.

    Great CD player :)
     
  11. ChrisNic

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    I sold a pair of B&W 602s2's for £330, I was in complete disbelief when they were paid for! They retailed 2 years earlier at £300 and had been updated more recently.
     
  12. Gordon WT

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    I see you have the Marantz 7200 Andy.

    I have the same CD Player as you and am seriously considering buying the 7200.

    Could you please give me a review?

    Cheers!

    Gordon
     

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