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Post by corsair on Sun Aug 07, 2016 12:02 am

Has anyone noticed the totally unrealistic prices being put on Matsumoku gear on this site?? Raider II in Ok nick, not flash, but OK for US$909 from Greece?! Most APII, Vantage and Westone asking prices are just nuts!! 

Or is it because I'm used to buying them an awful lot cheaper than that? Has the world caught up with what we already knew?

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Post by Westbone on Sun Aug 07, 2016 1:30 am

Have you only just noticed?

Prices have been up there for a good while now.

Have a gander on Ebay UK at the moment!

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Post by corsair on Sun Aug 07, 2016 7:01 am

Not in the market for anything so it's a bit of a surprise as I haven't been looking anywhere for ages!

Reverb seems a lot pricier than eBay US, eBay Au, Gumtree, Trademe or Kijiji, though! I don't bother with eBay UK as the shipping down here kills most deals straight off.

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Post by Westbone on Sun Aug 07, 2016 8:09 am

corsair wrote: though! I don't bother with eBay UK as the shipping down here kills most deals straight off.
Just look at the prices of the instruments! That'd scare you off without even thinking of shipping.

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Post by Barry on Sun Aug 07, 2016 10:44 am

Yeah, I just had a look at the Invader that you posted at the Mats site, and the price is mind boggling! The seller of that one is actually a Canadian dealer too, so I guess the "jig is up" at least as far as the retailers and big online sellers are concerned.

The only reasonable prices I find are still via Kijiji, CL, etc. But even those have been climbing.

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Post by gittarasaurus on Sun Aug 07, 2016 3:28 pm

you are right John, the prices are totally unrealistic.

but those over-priced guitars just simply do not sell. some on Reverb have been listed there for ages

the word is out that they are well made guitars, but still, the asking prices are not based in reality. the people who want Westone guitars are not wealthy people generally, and there is not enough demand to actually warrant the astronomical prices. after all, they were produced by the thousands.

and if one does sell for an inflated price, there is generally only 1 interested party. it is not competition driving the price up, it is the (unrealistic) hope of a windfall profit.

Mats guitars simply do not have a market like an antique Martin or Gibson.

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Post by Meadows on Sun Aug 07, 2016 4:43 pm

I don't know about reverb per se, but it strikes me with ebay, every time an item is sold, the seller will be looking on the whole to re coup some if not all of their commission payable, lets say 10-12%. The cyclic effect will exponentially only compound the price increase over time. Apologies for stating the obvious, but it does make you think twice about an ad hoc purchase, especially a Matts

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Post by Westbone on Mon Aug 08, 2016 12:53 pm

Here's a nice cheapy....Laughing
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Westone-Thunder-IA-active-passive-guitar-1983-made-in-Japan-excellent-/291801626923?hash=item43f0bb792b:g:ICkAAOSwbYZXbTv8

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Post by Barry on Mon Aug 08, 2016 1:18 pm

Shocked Strewth!
I'm so lucky to have had one walk through the door at the shop.
It was bruised and battered and needed some fixing up...but I only paid CAD$50 for it.
These are killer guitars.

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Post by David_A on Tue Aug 09, 2016 8:52 am

Westbone wrote:Here's a nice cheapy....Laughing
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Westone-Thunder-IA-active-passive-guitar-1983-made-in-Japan-excellent-/291801626923?hash=item43f0bb792b:g:ICkAAOSwbYZXbTv8

And here's a nice Gibson Les Paul with double cutaway, P90's, hardshell case - and it's cheaper!
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Gibson-Les-Paul-Special-Double-Cut/182229693825?_trksid=p2047675.c100005.m1851&_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIC.MBE%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D37567%26meid%3D718afcde3d4844a892c04f8869fcee26%26pid%3D100005%26rk%3D5%26rkt%3D6%26sd%3D291801626923

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Post by xbarnesx on Tue Aug 09, 2016 9:43 am

played an APII PE R60 priced at £375 a little while ago in a shop I occasionally buy stuff from
maybe I should have bought it after seeing this on ebay


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1980-Japan-Vintage-Aria-Pro-II-PE-R60-Electric-Guitar-6-String-1980s-w-Soft-Case/291833849700?_trksid=p5713.c100284.m3505&_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D12%26asc%3D20140905073823%26meid%3Daa695d6dead04e85a0f422a75348d36b%26pid%3D100284%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D4%26sd%3D291833849700

that's in better nick, but £1800 worth
insanity

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Post by Barry on Tue Aug 09, 2016 10:10 am

As much as I love a good Lester, especially with P90's, I hate those "robo tuners"!
Those PE's are just works of art. But completely mad pricing!

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Post by Adey on Tue Aug 09, 2016 11:55 am

That PE does come with a "soft case", that may be pushing the price up a bit....

For that money I would be expecting something a bit less "soft" to put it in.

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Post by David_A on Tue Aug 09, 2016 12:29 pm

Isn't it sad that in all probability:
(1) the seller is not interested in playing it
(2) the buyer will not be interested in playing it

The PE was a dream guitar for me when it came out; unfortunately I couldn't afford to buy one. If I had, I would certainly have PLAYED it!

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Post by The Chad on Tue Aug 09, 2016 1:59 pm

The Mat market over here in the States has taken quite the hit!  Prices are nowhere near where they used to be a couple of years back.  Guitars that would have been snapped up 2-3 years ago for $300-$500 are not going unsold for $175-$350.  Crazy. 

Examples, I bought that Prestige 150 for $300 which would have been $500 a few years back, and I could have bought a minty Prestige 250 for $650 recently which went unsold at that price!  A few years back, that would have sold for $800 in a hurry!

Not to mention the Electra's here in the States, some models dropping $200-$300 over the course of the past 3 years.  I'm talking selling prices, not asking prices. 

I predicted this back then, that we created our own bubble.  Which had burst.

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Post by gittarasaurus on Tue Aug 09, 2016 3:04 pm

i think it has a lot to do with the lousy economy here.
only the 0.1% (the already wealthy) are seeing things improve
the rest of us can barely keep up

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Post by corsair on Tue Aug 09, 2016 5:21 pm

The supply has dried up a little, too; I'm not seeing anything that I'm remotely interested in buying! I have lees than no interest in nice weapons at this stage, just the ones that need work, and they used to pop up regularly - to whit, my Urchin, Raider and 4 Avengers - but no longer....

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Post by Adey on Wed Aug 10, 2016 4:19 am

corsair wrote:I have lees than no interest in nice weapons at this stage, just the ones that need work,

You can't beat a good fixer-upper. I think they are the best ones Very Happy

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Post by archey1 on Thu Sep 15, 2016 10:44 pm

The thing about Reverb is you can make offers. I think a lot of people put top dollar on stuff to see what they can get. I'm not shy! If I think a guitar is actually worth half the asking price I'll make that offer.

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