How you guys handle trades?
Bill Rogers (Moderator)
I just did one. I offered a banjo for one the advertiser was willing to trade. We emailed back and forth; I sent pix (his were posted). We agreed on the trade. Because I had no equivalent case to offer, he sent his banjo, then I sent mind back in his case. So far so good. There are no rules for trades. If an advertiser offers a trade, it’s up to lithe interested member to initiate contact with an offer. It goes from there. Sometimes one party or the other will offer “boot,” (i.e. cash) to bring his or her banjo’s value up to match the other one involved. That’s pretty much it.
Note: Both of us are long-time members, and have had a few previous discussions on various topics. Neither of us asked for guarantee of shipment because there was a sense of trust from long-established BHO presence. Sending a banjo on a trade requires trust, just as sending payment for an instrument does. You have to be satisfied the trading partner will perform. Note that your exchange of emails likely constitutes a contract.
Edited by - Bill Rogers on 02/17/2020 21:08:41
I have done atleast a half dozen trades on the hangout and haven’t had a bad experience. Usually make sure they are on here a lot with a history of buying and selling. If possible talk on the phone and get a feel for the person. It is a leap of faith but no body on here wants a bad reputation. So established members probably aren’t scamming.
Its really a matter of trust,,I used to tell everyone I'd never been cheated by a fellow musician,but,,two bad experiences in a row has made me very leary of everything and everyone, a fellow hangout member basically stole a banjo from me in an even trade, we met in person,,he said his banjo had been in a closet for many years,let me tell you,,thats not always a good thing,,my banjo was setup,playable and ready to go,,his looked like a dobro,,unplayable,,dirty,definitely in a need of a major setup,he said it just needed a shorter bridge to bring the action down,,it looked like it could be a good one with a little TLC,,so,,we agreed on a 48 approval,,both sides,,shook hands and exchanged instruments,,it was an hour and a half drive home,,I spent the rest of the day cleaning and trying to set the banjo up. The banjo had set so long the fretboard had dried out so bad,,most of the frets had raised out of the fretboard, the heel needed recut to lower the strings,,to make a long story short,,I called him the next morning,,telling him I couldn't spend the money it would take to bring the banjo into playable condition,,,he refused,,saying the trade was done and it was over,,I lost many nights sleep over this deal,,,and its made me look at trades and people under a different light,,I contacted an attorned and he said I should have gotten the deal in writing or had a witness,,I had neither,,just another guys word,,horrible experience,,just wondering if anyone else has every had a nightmare like this?
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