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    I buy from eBay with no concerns, and had to make a few returns without any problems. The fact that Mim sells on eBay says that you can get get great stuff from a great dealer. I also connected to a builder in Vietnam who sells ready mades and does custom, both of which I bought and I'm very happy with them.

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    Received damaged ukes from reputable U.S. sellers, and damaged ukes from ebay, Including Pono many years ago (I still have it and it's great). It had a little ding that was disclosed and I had an invisible repair done for very little. As a rule, decent ukes don't usually require setups unless you have a very specific requirement. Ordering directly from a Chinese seller however can be an interesting experience and I recently trashed one here. Still, my bargains on some great instruments have been from ebay and the total value of my wins far, far outweights my losses, which have been very little. Risk tolerance is a personal thing. Lots of highly reputable sellers mentioned in this thread.

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    eBay is just another marketplace. I've gotten some nice ukes on eBay, as well as FMM, and the UU Marketplace.
    Take the usual buyer precautions mentioned by others here.
    -Hodge
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    If you are concerned about getting a "dud" Pono that does not sound good to your ears then buy from HMS. If you don't like it you can send it back for a full refund, within a limited time frame of course. I am not sure if Mim or Uke Republic has that but they are both excellent retailers.
    Currently enjoying these ukuleles : *LdfM tenor, *LfdM 19" super tenor. *LfdM baritone, *I'iwi tenor , *Koolau tenor, *Webber tenor, *Kimo tenor, *Kimo super concert, *Mya Moe baritone, *Kamaka baritone, *Gianinni baritone, *Fred Shields super soprano, *Kala super soprano, *Loprinzi super soprano, *Black bear ULO concert , *Enya X1 concert, *Enya X1 pineapple soprano, *Gretsch tenor, *Korala plastic concert

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    I've bought some real gems on eBay!! Have only had to send one back. I have also sent one back to a reputable dealer so you don't ALWAYS win that way either.

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    Agree with jollyboy about the seconds on eBay for Pono specifically. Yes, I have heard "horror stories" about Ponos on eBay. There has even been threads on UU about these Pono seconds and disappointed owners. Intonation issues, if I recall right. It was approximately three years ago, someone was selling a bunch of Pono seconds on eBay and not disclosing them as seconds. Perhaps someone here recalls the details (or was a victim. Simon?) I have bought many ukuleles off eBay, but I would only buy a Pono--which is an outstanding ukulele--from a retailer or someone I knew.

    Note: Opahcat, I believe, is John Kitakis, owner of KoOlau/Pono and father of Andrew. He sometimes sells Pono seconds on eBay, which some have bought without issue. Cosmetic blems. That's different than the stories I'm thinking of above.

    Note 2: I bought a Pono tenor "blemish" with slight glue underneath the finish (very slight) from Andrew Kitakis at HMS directly. I simple contacted him and asked and he said he'd keep an eye out for me. Took about two weeks, and he sold me the one I still own and love at a discount. It still had the factory warranty since I bought it from him, which is not true for eBay used or seconds.
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    I live in rural Vermont - access to music stores is very limited unless one is willing to drive a significant distance. That means mail order buying from a dealer should be from a dealer who has a renowned reputation for good set up. Or - do as I did this week - buy from someone whose sale includes history as to their source for the item in question.

    On the other hand I have been able to buy some excellent instruments on eBay but I have always had to do my homework. The last ukulele bought there was a project and sold as such. I was able to rework the instrument to create a viable first instrument for a friend.

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    Bought my first uke off an eBay private seller who simply wasn't playing it and decided to sell. It's a Pono deluxe mahogany baritone, factory second. I can't tell there's anything wrong with it, and I've looked it over with a magnifying glass and a fine toothed comb. ;-) It looks almost new. Action and intonation are fine. Came with a nice case and bunch of accessories. Cheap price. I couldn't be happier with it.

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    I have bought several ukes from ebay and they were all grrreat . 3 were bought from Mim so the set-up was perfectamente. Of the others, 2 were just fine "off the rack" from sellers taisamlu & bruceweiarts, respectively. the rest all needed set-up at my expense, which i fully expected when i bought them.

    each listing on ebay will state the seller's policy re returns. ebay has ample protections in place. I never sweat my ebay purchases.

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    eBay is merely a platform (albeit a very established one). People find careers, spouses, long lost relatives & more on similarly well established platforms.
    My 1st uke is from eBay (as is ~4 others... including Hawaiian K brands) & is greatly cherished. Have also made purchases from Mim's, Uke Republic, Elderly, & Reverb. I've taken some of those purchases directly to a well established shop near me that does reputable work, inspections (have purchased a uke from them too).
    eBay tends to favor buyers in their policies... I have fewer concerns as a buyer but would be significantly more nervous as a seller.
    Just like any purchase (including Reverb), it's important to be savvy, check feedback, ask for clarification, etc as needed.
    Last edited by Wukulele; 01-09-2019 at 05:16 PM.

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