RJVB wrote: ↑
Tue May 28, 2019 4:09 pm
No, it's not really about scam prevention; that's easy enough with a minimum amount of common sense and the use of PayPal and the like for getting paid.
Besides, given the amount of money involved I don't think anyone would want to pay without having seen and tried the instrument first, for fear of being victim of a scam themselves! I'd get suspicious of such buyers.
That said, given the amount involved I'd probably want to avoid PayPal if as I think they'll be taking a fee. A direct wire transfer done in front of me shouldn't (or less).
That'd make for an interesting question in itself, btw: How much are you willing to pay to a non-professional seller for an instrument you have only seen and heard (supposedly) in photos and videos?
Still, you may like to google on 'retract direct wire transfer' and you will see it still brings some risks for you. E.g. Bank transfers may be canceled up until or prior to a scheduled transfer is set to be executed by end-of-day (business) EST. Some fraudulent wire transfers made from accounts, which do not have the funds on them, can be called off by the bank.
As to your question: I would never buy an instrument unseen from a non-professional seller. And I would only buy one from a reputable shop if I can send it back without fuss when I simply don't like it. And even exactly the same looking instruments (maker, model, wood) can have very different tonal qualities. And besides, instruments can suffer from defects which may not be easily visible on photos. And as to videos: the sound of an instrument can be very much affected by the acoustics of the room it is being played in and then, of course, one can optimize the sound with a bit of software.
I don't know which kind of instrument you are willing to sell, but in any case, I wish you luck in getting a good price for it.