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Old 15th February 2008, 11:54 PM   #1
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Hello. I am wondering, where is your favorite place to shop for car audio? Simple question for the DIY crowd. Personally I like Craigslist. Thanks! From Arizona.
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Old 16th February 2008, 12:54 AM   #2
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Online, Ebay
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Old 16th February 2008, 01:05 AM   #3
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Online, Ebay
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Old 16th February 2008, 06:46 AM   #4
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I don't strictly use one (pros and cons to each) but I personally prefer eBay.

I have used eBay quite a lot for both myself and customers but I am no longer dealing with individuals below about 50 feedback (with exceptions) when it comes to buying car audio items. Power sellers constantly impress me, while individuals seem to constantly dissappoint me pretty much.

If I use eBay for electronics usually it's from power sellers/reputable eBay stores.

I constantly have problems finding retail stores that actually have items in stock or that are not selling damaged returns on the shelf. I don't know how retail stores can even stay in business now due to horrible customer services, excellent competition via eBay/internet, and failure to actually KEEP ITEMS IN STOCK!

If it's for someone else, and/or on short notice, I've bought average (but good) sat. radios & stereos from Circuit City because I can check what's ACTUALLY IN STOCK from the web page.

I've used Craigslist for other items...and sold car a car amp or two on there...but can't figure out why so many people seem to think they can get top dollar for stuff you can find on eBay cheaper!

But at least using Craigslist you don't have to worry about getting screwed by PayPal.

I will say this: had nothing but problems from "repaired" or "refurbished" amps from eBay sellers! (MTX, Lighting Audio, more..) So watch out!
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Old 16th February 2008, 07:09 AM   #5
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I would also say eBay is the place of choice for the vast majority. You really do need to have pretty good judgement of character skills dealing with so many different characters.

Over my 4 year span of dealing priviately online I have made several friends and probally have met as many people that I would like to have there finger nails pulled out one by one.

This is just the way it goes.


eBay name Germany: sabine-paul (350)

eBay name US: mr.old_school (24)
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Old 16th February 2008, 09:12 PM   #6
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Yes I guess you have been burned before too, eh?

my eBay ID: gwinnettmobile(461)

Maybe I'll see you on there sometime...
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Old 17th February 2008, 12:44 PM   #7
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I had a couple of bad experiences in the past. But I guess dealing with so many different people this is bound to happen.

I will add you to my favorite seller list. Maybe some day we can do business together?
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Old 17th February 2008, 03:05 PM   #8
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ebay, pawn shops, friends, and I have bought stuff from ubid and yahoo stores maybe some others at times.
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Old 17th February 2008, 03:12 PM   #9
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I have had reasonably good luck on ebay. You have to know what you are buying and ask, ask, ask if you have any questions about anything. I have been burned a couple of times by "handling" charges. I now ask many questions to insure I don't pay $18 for an actual $3 shipping charge, which actually happened to me.

Same holds true with buying from Craigslist or similar places. There are many, many people out to swindle others. In fact, I think it is safe to say that some people will do anything to make a buck, or steal a buck.

I think a person is far ahead to buy a reasonably decent piece of old school gear and have it revamped if needed, rather than buy some of the disposable equipment that is being made today. But one of the great things about all this is we can all do what we want. To each, his own.
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Old 6th March 2008, 04:34 PM   #10
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What do you guys think about what ebay is doing now with not being able to see who bidders are and other changes to help buyers? Doesn't that kind of protect the ones that might hose somebody?
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