What he said:
So I said no to an other Kijiji user tonight (06/07/17). It's the first time I've done that in about 25 years of buying/selling/trading.
I should have listen to my guts from the get go.
It was a bit weird that we couldn't meet in the Old Montreal to do the trade. He explained that it's his "work" address that appeared with his ad. In fact, he doesn't live on the Island. I ask for his phone number in an email, he replied that he doesn't own a cellphone. I did find it unusual that he removed his ad after we got in touch and started talking. Before that, I did notice that he had lots of gear to unload, at least 6 items (several guitars, amps, parts).
So we are closing in on the last details of the deal and he say's he'll come to my place. I told him to bring two of is guitars cos I was entertaining an other one he was advertising and I was ready to add cash (we had already established trades details for both).
He said no, that it was no longer for sale... but the ad is still up on Kijiji as I'm writing this. He then propose a third guitar via an hyperlink. I'm not interested but it's from a second Kijiji account that he owns with a different address and 7 different items.
Hum... I tell myself that if the item is as described, I'm gonna through with this if the vibe is good (as in "This guitar didn't fall from a truck.").
Long story short, he's half an hour late but takes the time to send me an SMS 5 minutes before getting to my place. Classy dude.
Get here, says Hi and: "My wife is waiting in the car, we'll have to do this quick." The case of my future pride and joy is severely beat up, not what I had expected.
So we settle down at my pad and he check my PRS and says something like "Looks like a new one!". I'm still bothered by the beat up case, I open it and pick up the axe.
I've never own an instrument that beat up. Never.
At first, I tell myself that this guitar is a "player". Nothing wrong with that but it doesn't match the pictures from his way too quickly vanishing original ad that caught my eyes.
We are not talking about hairlines or swirls, we are talking about dents... through the finish. You can actually see the wood.
Headstock, neck, top, back, hardware, binding... even half the knobs are cracked.
Funny thing about the knobs, he switch the ones from the model I wanted to buy with the instrument that is now "no longer for sale" but still on Kijiji. He even switched the pickguard.
I know that for sure cos I always download the pictures from an instrument that I'm considering making a move on.
I point out that this is not "Exceptional Condition", he says I won't hear the scratches (...probably not but, the value just took a dive).
I ask him about a part that I believe wasn't featured on that year (and I'm not talking about the effing knobs). He says I'm wrong, that this part is always made like that, whatever the year (not my first guitar...).
Well, that was it.
This guy was arrogant, spewing lies after lies to reach his goal.
I sold and bought lots of gear on Kijiji and every customer were more than satisfied with what they bought and traded. If we lnow each other, I'll give you all the infos I got on him down to the car he was driving.
Sorry for the long rant but, these kinda guys are the worst. I did hear some horror stories but today, I've let my guard down.
If you read through all this, let me know and make me your best cash offer and I guarantee you that'll try to make it work.
So, here's your usual description:
Mostly looking to trade for a Gibson Les Paul Standard or Traditional (2013 or, earlier). Might entertain some Fender Stratocaster.
Emerald green translucent finish Paul Reed Smith McSoapy with 10 Top curly maple carved cap, abalone birds markers, mahogany body and neck, rosewood fingerboard, OHSC, keys, tools, documentation, papers,...
Solid 9.5+/10 condition. New strings, great low-action set-up.
Thanks for looking!
TAGS : Anderson, Fender, Custom Shop, Gibson, Gretsch, Guild, Les Paul, Martin, PRS, Suhr, Strymon, ZVEX