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    Default Shopping Every Day?

    How many of you look at the Marketplace, Fleamarket, and Reverb every day? I stopped myself from doing that for a while, but then I had a relapse. A relapse can be expensive. Then I have to wait for FedEx or UPS to arrive so I can sign for something.

    One thing I found about searching on Reverb: If you enter, for example, "Martin uke," you may miss some entries. Entering "ukulele" or the model number will get you more. I experimented a bit, and even if "uke" doesn't appear in the item description, Reverb will sometimes find it. Not sure why. So, if you're looking for something specific, try entering different search terms.

    If you're selling, the UU Marketplace and Fleamarket are free. Reverb charges 3.5% (I think), but it has a huge clientele.
    Too many ukes, but I can't stop buying!
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    Hi Jerry

    I'm always looking to but I don't nearly have the same affliction as you do in terms of acquisition . I prefer our local classifieds where it's a meetup and cash money deal. It's usually the cheapest route.

    In comparison to the online deals through reverb, ebay, or direct store there's the shipping charge, taxes, and of course always waiting with bated breathe. The later can sometimes drive a person mental

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    I usually check the UU Marketplace every day. I only check Fleamarket every now and then, (I mostly forget about it), and don't look at Reverb or EBay. I wouldn't know who to trust there.

    I'm not looking for anything in particular right now, and don't expect to be buying anything, but you never know. :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerryc41 View Post
    One thing I found about searching on Reverb: If you enter, for example, "Martin uke," you may miss some entries. Entering "ukulele" or the model number will get you more. I experimented a bit, and even if "uke" doesn't appear in the item description, Reverb will sometimes find it. Not sure why. So, if you're looking for something specific, try entering different search terms.
    You could try coming up with some worse search terms and maybe there'd be less temptation!

    At least Reverb is cheaper than eBay. I think that's why Mim moved off eBay.
    Glenn

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    Yes, the UU marketplace every day, Flea Market maybe a few days in a row, then a few days off. Reverb and eBay, not so much.
    Kathryn

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    I check the UU market place every once in a while. I don't go to any of the others regularly as I'm not really a "shopper." I only go to sites if I'm looking for something in particular, not the other way around. I go to UU market place because I really like other people's UAS, so I read all of the NUD threads. I've been doing that for years. So then I go to UU market place once in a while to see if I recognize any of the ukes for sale, and then sometimes I look back to see how long the seller had it before they decided to get rid of it. Yes, I have lots of time on my hands and I have to entertain myself some way.
    I don't want to live in a world that is linear.

    I just want everyone to understand that I am not a ukulele expert, even though it may look at times like I'm pretending to be.

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    Pretty close to daily, but mostly just for entertainment value (or so I tell myself)

    Sometimes you find great listings such as https://reverb.com/item/22399941-har...h-this-listing

    I'm done with new instruments in the impulse-buy range (really! I think. Maybe?). There are a few I'd like (upgrade UBass, upgrade baritone), but I want to spend slightly more than I want to spend (that made more sense in my head ), I don't know enough to decide what I really want without trying them out (when I tried several tenors in Hawaii the ones I liked were very different from the ones I thought I'd like), and I don't want to spend that much without knowing.

    That said, I have gotten lucky a couple of times when something I wanted popped up at a reasonable price, and I may have a couple of used pedals winging their way to my door...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arcy View Post
    Pretty close to daily, but mostly just for entertainment value (or so I tell myself)

    Sometimes you find great listings such as https://reverb.com/item/22399941-har...h-this-listing.
    Interesting, with an interesting title: "Harmonia ukulele baritone/tenor absolutely craptastic don't even "watch" this listing." Is that supposed to be reverse psychology?
    Too many ukes, but I can't stop buying!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerryc41 View Post
    Interesting, with an interesting title: "Harmonia ukulele baritone/tenor absolutely craptastic don't even "watch" this listing." Is that supposed to be reverse psychology?
    I one time bought a used leather jacket on ebay and when it showed up it reeked of smoke and every remedy I tried to rid it of the smell was to no avail. I could not keep it in the house or the garage it smelled so bad. I put it back on ebay at auction and described it as reeking of smoke and said that it would be a great jacket for any chain smoker who wanted to walk into a restaurant that did not allow smoking and make a statement. It went for twice what I paid for it. So you might be right.
    I don't want to live in a world that is linear.

    I just want everyone to understand that I am not a ukulele expert, even though it may look at times like I'm pretending to be.

    https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_n...tective+Agency

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    I check Reverb all the time.

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