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Nov 13, 2020 - 4:38:10 PM
1050 posts since 2/6/2006

https://www.ebay.com/itm/1936-Gibson-Style-3-Prewar-Banjo-with-Huber-HR-30-Tone-ring-and-Frank-Neat-Neck-/193749511002?_trksid=p2349624.m46890.l49292
they're in California, but look like Banjo Warehouse (Atlanta) listings. They have initial bid price of a couple bucks...but say you can't bid & they don't reply to eBay msg. inquiries. How can they post these listings on eBay?  Seems strange but I may just not understand how this works.

 Thanks, Brian 

Edited by - Bill Rogers on 11/13/2020 18:06:49

Nov 13, 2020 - 4:51:16 PM

2341 posts since 5/2/2012

Legit - I think NOT. A few months ago there were some similar listing. Notice the fine print says not to bid, it is only offered at a buy it now price of $4000. But there is no place to "buy it now". The seller is based in the UK when this seller started on ebay in 2005 (found this in the feedback profile. And a search shows that this is the first banjo offered by this seller.

Nov 13, 2020 - 6:09:16 PM
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Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

24248 posts since 6/25/2005

Somebody nailed the seller. The listing is gone.

Nov 14, 2020 - 9:10:16 AM

13611 posts since 10/30/2008

Remember these. You WILL see them again on eBay! This is maybe the 3rd time I've seen them, especially the Florentine.

Nov 18, 2020 - 12:08:53 PM
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12 posts since 6/3/2018

These are not legit.

Nov 19, 2020 - 7:18:07 PM

lanemb

USA

155 posts since 3/11/2018

I always turn these in to eBay when I see them. I looked at the sellers other items recently and all the listings they had were at the same price with the same note to call to buy. I would never trust anyone that willing to openly cheat the system.

Dec 29, 2020 - 2:10:24 PM

Baritor

Australia

4 posts since 12/23/2020

I don't understand what are you talking about? Can eBay be legit? I am using online marketplaces for a while and I can assure you that eBay is not the best one. I've heard about a lot of cases when buyers were nailed by sellers. So it's your choice to buy something from there or not. If you want to buy just use discount coupons and DontPayFull. Hope eBay won't ban me for this message, but it's my opinion about them. Hope someone will find this message useful.

Dec 29, 2020 - 3:14:20 PM

13611 posts since 10/30/2008

Usually "the Florentine" is amongst the group of fake offerings. Florentines make people look twice. Then a bunch of other banjos and banjo things which are frankly rip-offs of some legit offering elsewhere on the internet. I've seen the Florentine group of fake ads several times in the last few years. Nearly always with a price less than$10 shown, which as you soon find out, is not a real bid.

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