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Do Scammers use Reverb?

wernerg

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I just sold a vintage Les Paul on Reverb, and buyer paid immediately via Reverb.

However, he says he is not in the U.S., and I am to ship to his "shipping agent" in Oregon.

Is this legit? Is there any way he can accept the guitar and cancel the payment?

In the past, for that same guitar, I have gotten fake PayPal confirmations, but this went through the official Reverb channels...
 

wernerg

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I chatted with Reverb customer service and was impressed by their quick response. They confirmed this buyer was in good standing, no red flags preventing me from shipping, and that I was protected anyway, as long as my shipment plays by the rules.

I know Reverb is an LPF sponsor, so kudos to them!!!
 

jrgtr42

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I get why this sounds fishy, and scammers can, will and do use every platform they can to weasel you out of your money and / or goods.
But looks like you did exactly what |I was going to suggest - talk to Reverb themselves about it, and see what does and doesn't cover.
I would additionally make sure you have photos of the packing process, make sure when you ship it there's tracking all along, and let the buyers know the tracking info.
Beyond playing by the rules, I would go above and beyond them just to be safe.
|Probably also keep in touch with Reverb customer service a well... again to be safe.
 

wernerg

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I get why this sounds fishy, and scammers can, will and do use every platform they can to weasel you out of your money and / or goods.
But looks like you did exactly what |I was going to suggest - talk to Reverb themselves about it, and see what does and doesn't cover.
I would additionally make sure you have photos of the packing process, make sure when you ship it there's tracking all along, and let the buyers know the tracking info.
Beyond playing by the rules, I would go above and beyond them just to be safe.
|Probably also keep in touch with Reverb customer service a well... again to be safe.
Yes, jrgtr42, that's exactly what I did: took pictures of the condition of the guitar in front of the running TV for timestamp verification, and again took pictures of the box. Sent everything via the process prescribed by Reverb.

I am very happy to let Reverb earn a small part of my sales revenue, in consideration of their platform. Money well spent.
 

Stone

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I don't know about this buyer in particuar, but the "shipping agent" stuff is pretty common for us folks outside the US who want to buy from sellers scared to ship outside of the US. Unfortunately pretty common on Reverb.

You buy and get it shipped to an US address and the agent then forwards you the item to your European Union home address.

In the end, between shipping, agent fees, customs and whatnot it's a pretty penny you pay extra, but sometimes it's worth it for some items.
 

AA00475Bassman

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I sold to several Straw buyers over the years , never a problem .

Although yes it is deceptive when you state clearly in your add , No sale or Shipping outside the USA .

Now the buyer using a deceptive STRAW buyer has engaged a air of DECEPTION unsettling to a seller .

Yes I do feel SCAMMED when buyers behave in such a fashion of DECEPTION .

If buyer is unhappy I will use all the transaction resources available to block any funds being returned .

Bottom line, yes STRAW buyers are a SCAM !!!!!!
 

gakees

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I just sold a vintage Les Paul on Reverb, and buyer paid immediately via Reverb.

However, he says he is not in the U.S., and I am to ship to his "shipping agent" in Oregon.

Is this legit? Is there any way he can accept the guitar and cancel the payment?

In the past, for that same guitar, I have gotten fake PayPal confirmations, but this went through the official Reverb channels...
I'm guessing I sold a guitar to this same person a couple of years ago. Your story sounds all too familiar. The transaction went great.
 

Wilko

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I sold to several Straw buyers over the years , never a problem .

Although yes it is deceptive when you state clearly in your add , No sale or Shipping outside the USA .

Now the buyer using a deceptive STRAW buyer has engaged a air of DECEPTION unsettling to a seller .

Yes I do feel SCAMMED when buyers behave in such a fashion of DECEPTION .

If buyer is unhappy I will use all the transaction resources available to block any funds being returned .

Bottom line, yes STRAW buyers are a SCAM !!!!!!
It's not a scam to want to buy something from seller who doesn't want to ship international. The seller is not inconvenienced in any way. What's the problem?
 
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AA00475Bassman

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It's not a scam to want to buy something from seller who doesn't want to ship international. The seller is not inconvenienced in any way. What's the problem?
You really need this spelled out ? , I have 35+ of brick & mortar Business ownership & yes some includes buying & selling .

  • Complexity. Using a mail forwarding service significantly complicates returns and exchanges.
  • Diminished goodwill. International buyers that have already paid high shipping costs and endured long wait times for mail forwarding are often more frustrated—and thus more difficult to work with—than domestic buyers if something goes wrong.
  • Cost disputes. Buyers may expect/believe that sellers ought to cover return shipping if the product is defective—but in mail forwarding cases this can mean very high shipping costs and added headaches.
  • Risk of damage and loss. When a seller ships to a mail forwarding service, they lose control over the shipment method and package handling involved; there is no way to know who will handle the package at the service, how they will handle it or what shipment service they will use to send it on to its final recipient.
Pretty much business 101
 

Wilko

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That all makes sense from a business standpoint.

Using Reverb and other person to person buying selling services, this has never been a problem for me. All international buyers that I have sold to disclosed up front and acknowledged their liability. none have question any items and all understood that without fail. Most "had a friend in the US" and I don't think any used a commercial service.
 

AA00475Bassman

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In all sincerity I hope you never have issues Wilko with any transaction Internationally !
 

wernerg

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Update: After Reverb customer service (super helpful, super quick) told me that the buyer has a solid track record, I shipped the guitar to the agent's address in the U.S. following the Reverb process. Reverb authorized the payment to me and I expect the money to hit my account before the end of the week.

Whoever ends up owning this guitar - good luck to them. I feel bad for doubting the legitimacy of the buyer, but at the end of the day, it was a great transaction, facilitated by Reverb,
 
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