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Damir Besic


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Post Posted 17 Nov 2015 7:16 am     Reply with quote

thanks my friend... take care, and be careful out there
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James Flaherty


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California, USA
Post Posted 15 May 2017 2:59 pm     Reply with quote

Thanks for keeping us updated on this and letting us all know the process you had to go through. I hope no one else in the forum has to go through this but if they do they can always look to your example. Thanks again.
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Niels Andrews


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Post Posted 17 May 2017 6:16 am     Difficult to trust these days. Reply with quote

Anymore I think the only way to buy or sell is through a third party. Either a music store or a trusted individual. I see about an attempted scam about once a week professionally. One is these people send you credit card info and say they need the order rushed. Usually the card is declined a day or two after the transaction. For unknown buyers we now request certified funds.
For musical instruments I will only use a third party. The last transaction I used Mickey Adams. I sent him the money, the seller sent him the guitar and it was done. I once had a guy send me $2400.00 in $100.00 bills. No return address, no information at all. I tried to email him and they were returned. I kept the guitar and about six months later he contacted me and I sent it to him. Never knew why?
Bottom line is you cannot be too cautious, a lot of unsavory folks that spend hours combing the internet and Craig's list looking for pigeons.
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Herb Steiner


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Post Posted 17 May 2017 6:52 am     Re: Difficult to trust these days. Reply with quote

Niels Andrews wrote:
Anymore I think the only way to buy or sell is through a third party. Either a music store or a trusted individual. I see about an attempted scam about once a week professionally. One is these people send you credit card info and say they need the order rushed. Usually the card is declined a day or two after the transaction. For unknown buyers we now request certified funds.
For musical instruments I will only use a third party. The last transaction I used Mickey Adams. I sent him the money, the seller sent him the guitar and it was done. I once had a guy send me $2400.00 in $100.00 bills. No return address, no information at all. I tried to email him and they were returned. I kept the guitar and about six months later he contacted me and I sent it to him. Never knew why?
Bottom line is you cannot be too cautious, a lot of unsavory folks that spend hours combing the internet and Craig's list looking for pigeons.


Basically, an escrow service who makes sure both sides of the transaction behave accordingly. It costs more... two shipping charges, etc.... but I'd consider it insurance and peace of mind.

While I'm not referring to the gentleman mentioned in this particular thread, there are larcenous people out there who happen to share our interest in steel guitar but with a different moral or values compass than others. Which is why I feel the concept of "forum brother," while generally true, is also a trifle naive.

I've been burned by folks here on the forum. I've been around the steel guitar world enough decades to know about steel players who've absconded with steel club treasuries, guys who've taken master tapes owned by other people, burned their bandmates, and more. It's a small percentage, infinitesimal perhaps, but still enough to consider a CYA attitude more than appropriate.

What is confounding to me is when someone who's generally been a good member of the community for quite some time, considered trustworthy, who then commits some sort of dubious deed that soils his reputation. I can think of at least two or three guys from the forum that fit that description.
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Rich Upright


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Florida, USA
Post Posted 22 May 2017 4:23 pm     Reply with quote

Glad it worked out for you, Damir. You're a good guy & did NOT deserve to be scammed like this.

It's really a shame & kind of ironic...the more technology advances, the more people find ways to use it to scam people, and in my book, anyone that rips off a musician deserves a beatdown, since we struggle enough just trying to make a few bucks to survive.
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