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From NJ and concerned about placing order...

posted May 04, 2014 13:27:42 by 577-Jersey
Hey guys,
Due to the latest news on the seizures of 180 Chinese guitars I am a little concerned about placing my order from New Jersey.If any of you guys that have recent orders on the east coast are still getting your guitars please let me know.I would really love to order a few of these for projects and learning experiences.If it comes down to buying an unfinished kit I might go that route,,the kits look pretty good lately,mahogany,maple,set neck,so forth.

I spoke with one of the top sellers yesterday and she said that the main market is USA and only problem they had was Chicago and I would get my guitar no problem,,but I am a little hesitant..especially with the red flag yellow tape packaging they use :)

Thanks in advance!!

Tom :)
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MichaelWamback said May 04, 2014 15:38:25
There is always a chance the guitar will get confiscated. Putting your own logo on it instead of PRS/Gibson/Fender would decrease this chance substantially.

It appears that the confiscations in New York were more of an isolated incident. Other guitars have come through recently where the boxes were never opened and inspected.

But it's just a gamble you take when you order one of these.
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577-Jersey said May 04, 2014 16:02:14
Well if it does get confiscated,,I hope I can get my cash back,the seller wanted me to use paypal,,I was not too sure of that,,but paypal has been pretty good to me over the years.
Thanks for the reply!
ChibsonsandMore said May 04, 2014 18:30:23
I personally use Paypal for all my orders (mainly because my bank doesn't like transactions from China, and I have to call and go through a rather lengthy process just to get an order white-listed temporarily each time I make one).

I've never had issues, even got a couple of partial refunds with a couple of sellers, but I have never had to get a complete refund from them.
577-Jersey said May 04, 2014 22:31:59
Good to know,
Thanks for the info,,Im feeling rather better already about pulling the trigger :)
sjcrowe6 said May 05, 2014 19:18:47
Never heard of anyone getting a full refund from Paypal on a confiscated Chibson order but I have heard of several Buyers getting a full refund or another guitar when protected by the Aliexpress escrow service. Not sure what you mean by ordering a "few" but I would recommend that you only have them shipped one at a time.
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577-Jersey said May 05, 2014 19:39:27
Not all at once bud...I wish!!
ChibsonsandMore said May 05, 2014 21:55:01
If you are ordering into the USA, I would suggest waiting at the very least a month between shipments.
MichaelWamback said May 05, 2014 22:31:19
I'm always encouraging you guys to not get greedy and space your shipments well apart. Like I've said many times, we live in the computer age - and homeland security tracks everything. If you start getting a big yellow package from "Aunt Cathy" in China every other week, sooner or later it's going to get you flagged and someone is going to want to open your package to see what your generous aunt is sending you. Just use a bit of common sense.
The two most important things to remember in life: "The only time it's acceptable to work with amateurs is if you are making porn." "If you want to work with clowns, join a circus."
Rob said May 09, 2014 14:29:42
Like Michael said, space them apart. Personally, I would wait and see if this round of "grabs" blows over and see if there is any fall out from it going forward. There are still a few I would like to order but will wait an see.
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