The Story of the Sel/Mac Guitar book

Josh HeggJosh Hegg Tacoma, WAModerator
edited July 2007 in Classifieds Posts: 622
Hey all there is one for sale on ebay: ... dZViewItem



  • sockeyesockeye Philadelphie sur SchuylkillNew
    Posts: 415
    I bought one on eBay from Germany over a month ago and it still hasn't arrived. The seller seems trustworthy but he says DHL didn't give him a tracking number which seems a bit weird.

  • Josh HeggJosh Hegg Tacoma, WAModerator
    Posts: 622
    Hmmm... Keep us updated on that. I would be interested to know when/if you get it.

  • sockeyesockeye Philadelphie sur SchuylkillNew
    Posts: 415
    Still no book.


    Here is the auction: ... 0106986759

    Bought it for a decent price of 89 Euros (around 121 USD these days - ouch!). Seller charged 42 Euros for shipping from Germany and requested payment via wire transfer (should have been a warning perhaps but he seemed OK & had good feedback). Sent $175 USD via bank wire transfer & ate a $40 international wire fee. So out $215 all told.

    That was on 3/21.

    Seller says he shipped on 3/28. Says he shipped via DHL. Here's where I could use the help of anyone who's shipped to the States from Germany. DHL says he would have been given an air waybill with a reference number that can be used to track the package. Seller claims he was not given any tracking information by DHL.

    So: it's been 35 days since he says it was shipped. Unless it went overland to China and then by boat, I think it should be here by now. I basically have no recourse if it doesn't show up other than negative feedback in eBay.

    I still don't know if the book was lost, or if I was taken.


  • ElliotElliot Madison, WisconsinNew
    Posts: 551
    You need to initiate action in the seller non performance section on e-bay. They have mediators, or if necessary can take punitive remedies. I wouldn't be surprised if they could help track your package for you. At least it is better than doing nothing. You might even get your money back, since they do have insurance for this kind of thing last time I checked.
  • sockeyesockeye Philadelphie sur SchuylkillNew
    Posts: 415
    Thanks Elliot. I did open a dispute in eBay but being an international sale, and one in which PayPal wasn't used, it's just a formality. They said they would make a note on the seller's account and if too many such complaints are made, they would consider further action. But in the case of this auction, as far as eBay goes I am 100% on my own. They asked him to provide shipping date & tracking number and he provided neither one and they accepted that.

    In eBay's defense, it says right on the auction page "This item is not covered by buyer protection on eBay" -- I think if I had used PayPal I would have better recourse.
  • sockeyesockeye Philadelphie sur SchuylkillNew
    Posts: 415
    The book arrived today! Number 1933, it is signed by M. Charle to Daniel, the guy I bought it from. As good as his word, the seller mailed the book on March 27. Sure took its time getting here...

  • Craig BumgarnerCraig Bumgarner Drayden, MarylandVirtuoso Bumgarner S/N 001
    Posts: 795
    Shipping from Europe can be funny. The Stochelo book I ordered from Holland last year took two MONTHS after shipment was confirmed to arrive. The mail boat from Europe only takes 5-6 days to cross the Atlantic for cryin' out loud. Sailing yachts routinely cross in less than 30 days. So who knows what that book was doing in the mean time. I'd bet bureaucracy has something to do with it.

    At work, we order lots of parts from Europe, France especially. We try to use FedEx. That seems to work pretty good (2-4 days) and is reasonable from Europe to US. NOT the otherway around for some reason.

  • swingitjackswingitjack Boise, IdahoNew
    Posts: 23
    I have a copy of this book in English that I am considering selling, how much do they go for in the US?

    Portland, OR
  • sockeyesockeye Philadelphie sur SchuylkillNew
    Posts: 415
    One sold on eBay Australia a couple months back...went for close to $500.
  • aa New York City✭✭✭✭
    Posts: 800
    for that much, one could buy a guitar..
    Learn how to play Gypsy guitar:
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