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    Default Re: Harder to sell, easier to find mandolins

    I don't see why they would be separate. When I'm looking to buy an instrument, I don't care who the seller is necessarily - I care about the instrument first, price second. Having them all in one spot makes it easier for me as a potential buyer to find the instruments that I want. Plus, the retailers that post help me find new retail spots I can visit during my travels (always a plus!)

    Keep 'em together!

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    I think that the Cafe Classifieds has become the best site on the internet to buy and sell mandolins, and family related instruments. I think they are doing a great job and trust their judgement 100%. You can buy a starter mandolin or go all the way up a Loar, with everything in between. A lot of great mandolins have passed through the classifieds over the years.

    To me, it doesn't matter if it's from a retailer, or private seller. I've bought and traded a few mandolins in the classifieds that have happened to be from private sellers. It was because it was the mandolin I was looking for at the right time and the right price.

    Without throwing a blanket statement, I've always felt safe when buying here. Of course cautionary judgement should always be exercised in each case, I've only found sellers that have been accommodating and helpful. If I didn't feel right about it, I moved on. Trust is a big issue when buying something online and I'm happy to say that I have only had positive experiences here.

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    I like them all being together. If you are having issues finding a particular mandolin do what I do - look at all of them.

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    Our classifieds are the best. No other location (not even e-bay) will have the breadth of mandolins as this place does. I also feel the playing field in incredibly even. Especially since Scott added things to the classifieds like previous selling history. Couple that with it being free (suggest you make a donation to the site if you make a sale) it can't be beat. Every one of my mandolin sales (and purchases ) via the classifieds has been great. There's also a lot going on behind the scenes (not by us moderators but the site owner) to keep them legit.

    Make no mistake, there are PLENTY of ads that show up with unreasonable prices because the owner doesn't really want to sell but is making the effort for appearances sake "hey, I tried but it wouldn't sell for what it's worth "

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    Default Re: Harder to sell, easier to find mandolins

    Although I don't get to play them, I get to see lots of mandolins that I normally wouldn't see. Sometimes it's nice to just look, read and learn about them. I also think the retailer listings help set the pricing market.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JEStanek View Post
    Make no mistake, there are PLENTY of ads that show up with unreasonable prices because the owner doesn't really want to sell but is making the effort for appearances sake "hey, I tried but it wouldn't sell for what it's worth "

    Jamie
    I always wonder if an obviously overpriced instrument is this or just that the seller really thinks they have something special. When I go through a private seller, it's because the deal I'm getting is worth the increase in risk vs. a reputable dealer.

    Along that line, one difference I've noticed between private and dealers recently is the number of private sellers who will (maybe) include shipping in the price but then want the buyer to pay for the PP fees on top of the price of the mandolin or use the no fee 'friends' option.

    Shipping makes sense as it can vary so much depending on where it's headed, but I'm not going to expose myself to the loss of potentially hundreds or thousands of dollars just because someone doesn't want pay a few bucks to get their cash. A $3k transaction is only going to cost you $90 buddy, and you'll probably give away more than that in the negotiation.

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    I haven't noticed an outsized ratio of dealer adverts to private adverts on this site.

    The dynamic that I suspect is working here is that it is harder to sell a $20k mandolin than a $2k one.
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    Yes, the pool of buyers over $4k actually gets smaller and diminishes even further as the prices rise.
    Good Advice: Play before you pay, and know your product and your market.

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    Default Re: Harder to sell, easier to find mandolins

    Personally, If in market for a mando, I would look at retailers and private sellers. For a retailer to advertise a select few mandos here would not do much help. Id go to their website to see more....which is the only reason they would advertise in classifieds. Exposure.

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    Do retailers automatically donate upon making a posting to the classifieds or upon sale? Do they donate monthly? Just curious as, on their listings, I tend to click the link to their websites, and, as a consumer, I would like to better reflect where I am finding their listings: the mando cafe. Are those clicks being tracked?

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    Default Re: Harder to sell, easier to find mandolins

    I love how the Café is setup. I enjoy the classifieds all together(private and dealer sales). I think every mandolin I have purchased has come about due to these classifieds(new and used). It gives me one place, to browse, to click, to expand(as in a dealer, the other available instruments), rather than hunting on my own.

    There's also this vibe going on here. There is a feeling of safety in buying from these classifieds-for the most part I do believe, most items listed for sale are as presented and tend to be sold from individuals with honest intentions.

    I was a moderator for years on another instrument forum. The classifieds were broken up there into private and dealer subforums. For me, it wasn't as good.

    i love this place, it rocks in all areas!
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