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Post  Paradiddlemadness on Wed Apr 23, 2008 3:28 am

I'm very interested in knowing peoples views of Trademe. Should it be something that is solely for second hand goods, or is it fair to use it as an online retail store? Obviously not having to pay the overheads incurred by an actual retail store is of great benefit, but is it actually fair to bypass retail and sell direct. Of course there are cases where the person knows a great deal about drums, but I see some instances of people who appear to be "fly by nighters" trying to make a quick buck, who actually have no knowledge or expertise in the field of drumming, and probably have no actual knowledge of what they are selling, or any backup service. Just curious to know ...
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Post  Mark [Admin] on Sat Apr 26, 2008 10:12 pm

Great topic nate! I sell quite a bit of second hand stuff on trademe and buy as well. New stuff doesn't sell very well on trademe as most people using it want a 'bargin'. I was using trademe right back when it started and it does make me sad to see the sheer amount of chinese products turning up in the musical instruments section a good case is the number of people selling the yamaha hipgig rip-off kits, theres about 3 different people selling these brand new for around 800 bucks they are from mainland china and probably cost less than half that to get here. I question why they think people want unbranded hi-gig kits when the actual yamaha hip-gig is a hard kit to sell in the first place.
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Post  Chillihead on Thu May 22, 2008 12:45 am

Something to be wary of and I think is a bit of a grey area, is that new items bought on auction (and auction sites) or from a private seller are not subject to the Consumer Guarantees Act. So, in other words, if you buy something and it does not do what it is supposed to, or does not last as long as it should, you are not covered.

Check this URL and decide for yourself: http://www.consumeraffairs.govt.nz/consumerinfo/cga/index.html
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Post  Charlie on Thu May 22, 2008 12:55 am

Chilli...I'm glad you made it!
Good point, I'd never considered that in relation to shops listing on TradeMe.
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Post  Mark [Admin] on Thu May 22, 2008 1:11 am

Wow, thanks for that info Chilli It seems trademe is flooded with chinese made musical instruments at the moment. Interesting to learn when they break you aren't covered at all!
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Post  Chillihead on Thu May 22, 2008 8:36 am

It's quite an eye opener!

Thanks guys - thanks for the invite Charlie Smile
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Post  bryan on Wed May 28, 2008 10:10 am

I have to agree, the amount of crap for sale in the drum section is a pain.

Is NZ big enough to have a seperate site devoted to the sale of quality gear?
Could this site be it?
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Post  Mark [Admin] on Fri May 30, 2008 1:26 am

bryan wrote:I have to agree, the amount of crap for sale in the drum section is a pain.

Is NZ big enough to have a seperate site devoted to the sale of quality gear?
Could this site be it?

I think this site should just be a forum, but hey... we all have quality gear! ha ha. If forum members want to sell on here then all good. I promise I will never list any unbranded chinese drumheads or cymbals tongue
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Post  DYNASONIC on Sat Jun 14, 2008 10:35 am

yeah i enquired to some guy selling new stands on trademe to ask if i could look at them and if he had a showroom or similar and he refused to let any viewing prior to purchase ??? so ill stay well away from this sort of deal. there is still nothing like being able to talk to knowledgeable sales people when your buying ,ive been to all the stores with drum departments recently after a ten year hiatus,and there is only one store with anyone who nows anything,all the rest are crap to deal with,ive tried to order parts and try out stuff from the two ' Drum Shops ' they they have failed miserably ,so from now on ill just have to drive into Hobsons choice for professional service. Cool

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Post  Charlie on Sun Jun 15, 2008 8:02 pm

supraphonic wrote:yeah i enquired to some guy selling new stands on trademe to ask if i could look at them and if he had a showroom or similar and he refused to let any viewing prior to purchase ??? so ill stay well away from this sort of deal.

My stock is such complete rubbish you won't buy it if you see it first!
Just bid and then be disappointed!
Some people are complete Schmucks! fortunately I've had to deal with very few on TradeMe!
Good luck with tracking down some quality stands!

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Post  granstar on Fri Sep 05, 2008 12:00 pm

Shmucks ........I asked a guy a simple question on drum sizes and model of drum he was selling as it wasn't in the text or obvious from the pictures. He couldn't tell me, some lame excuse about shifting at the moment. I had to ask how he came to price his goods if he didn't know what he was selling. Where do they come from? Evil or Very Mad
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Post  Regal on Sun Sep 07, 2008 8:58 am

Paradiddlemadness wrote:Of course there are cases where the person knows a great deal about drums, but I see some instances of people who appear to be "fly by nighters" trying to make a quick buck, who actually have no knowledge or expertise in the field of drumming, and probably have no actual knowledge of what they are selling, or any backup service...

To be honest that sounds like the rock shop Razz

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Post  firetomysoul on Sun Sep 07, 2008 10:36 am

hey come on rock shop ain't that bad, admittedly they have there moments of stupidity but so does every retailer here,

most of my deals on trade me have been pretty well on the ball, everythings been as the said it was
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Post  DYNASONIC on Thu Sep 11, 2008 11:13 pm

:evil:i gave an opinion on dealing with suppliers in auckland and this ahole from queenstown calls me a shmuck, what trademe site does he sell his stuff on anybody know.

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Post  Charlie on Thu Sep 11, 2008 11:54 pm

DYNASONIC wrote::evil:i gave an opinion on dealing with suppliers in auckland and this ahole from queenstown calls me a shmuck, what trademe site does he sell his stuff on anybody know.


Dude! Sorry...you miss understand me...I was NOT calling YOU a Shmuck!
I was referring to anyone who lists an item to sell on TradeMe but won't put a photo up or let you come and view it coz it's rubbish but he's happy to let someone pay good money for it.
Your opinion is valid and I was not getting at you...sorry for the misunderstanding!
Charlie, just call me "ahole".

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Post  Mark [Admin] on Fri Sep 12, 2008 12:01 am

Wow, not sure how he thought you were calling him a schumck? anyhow - my main complaint with trademe is that you can't contact people to view goods - completely dumb, especially when buying big ticket items.
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Post  Charlie on Fri Sep 12, 2008 12:26 am

Mark [Admin] wrote:Wow, not sure how he thought you were calling him a schumck? anyhow - my main complaint with trademe is that you can't contact people to view goods - completely dumb, especially when buying big ticket items.

Cheers for that...I try to be clear...not always successful.

I totally agree about the need to be able to view expensive listings..they should find some way to facilitate that!

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Post  granstar on Fri Sep 12, 2008 5:37 am

I read it your way Charlie, trouble with the world closing in on us with technology, things like texts and emails can easily be read wrong, so much for communication.
Best thing with big items is to hammer the questions and read the feedbacks before bidding.
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Post  DYNASONIC on Fri Sep 12, 2008 7:49 am

Cool ok whatever,the point is not being able to view before parting with hard earned,and even more annoying was trying to order/buy DW parts in NZ,i gave up and ordered from the "Professional Drumshop" Los Angeles parts arrived in 7 days at half the quoted cost from the NZ connection ,i buy offshore now.

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Post  granstar on Sat Sep 13, 2008 12:26 am

Likewise, i have purchased from reputable overseas Memphis Drum Shop, got large cost items ( cymbals) at half price of local incl freight, and items arriving in 5 days (take note N.Z Post).
Very good service, as said "buying blind" so you need to choose carefully, ask questions with cymbals listen to sound files and compare to get a general opinon.
Check exchange rates and freight costs before buying. If not sure , leave it.
Another point with Trade Me / E Bay i have twice got stung where iv'e paid for items and they havn't been sent. Both TM and EB pretty much didn't want to know about it and referred to small claims procedure. I was lucky with the EBay one as i used Paypal, they (Paypal) managed to get the funds back from the seller, and refund them to me. A lot of reading to do this. Buyer beware.
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Post  keaton_86 on Sun Mar 15, 2009 12:34 am

Hey, i think trademe is great for us younger guys who need to buy stuff cheaper. For example, i got a basically brand new pearl vision VSX for 800 dollars, and that came with full hardware. A deal like that goes for about 2200 in the shops. Wahoo

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Post  granstar on Sun Mar 15, 2009 9:01 am

The retailers will hate you for that, but i say they need to look after the serious little people better, then people won't shop elsewhere for decent gear at good prices. Such is the marketing the stores appear to keep large stocks of cheaper line stuff, that breaks (and so they sell more), and don't carry good second hand stuff like they used to, so with that out of the general market they simply sell new stuff to the unbeknown mothers who's child wants that drum kit for Xmas. Rolling Eyes

Meantime the budding drummer who is serious to continue in their career wants decent gear (because that elshitto drum kit from land of the slanted eye suddenly fell apart after two hits) that will last some time until they hit (pun)the big time (when ever/ if ever) that is, so they tend to shop around as they have a little knowledge by now, and if they get a bargain that undercuts the retailers some, i say good skills..
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