I've found a 2007 Kamaka ukulele on craigslist for approximately 1/3 less than the available retail price of a new one. The seller says its been well cared for and is in "perfect" condition. Unfortunately, the posted photos are a little blurry, so I'm going to ask for more photos, including close-ups of the fretboard and the soundboard for signs of wear. The problem is that the ukulele is in another city and I'd have to buy it without being able to see it first? I've communicated with the guy once (to get the ukulele's serial number) and he seems nice. I still need to ask him if the ukulele comes with a case and for more photos.)
I know craigslist can be risky, but I also know people who sell stuff on craigslist who are good honest people. I'm curious about whether anyone's bought an expensive ukulele sight unseen from craigslist or from some other private party (other than through the UU marketplace), what your experiences have been, and whether you have any advice about minimizing the risk of buying an instrument that isn't in as good a condition as represented.
Thanks in advance for any input or advice!