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Can you help again? Violin Question!

Discussion in 'Other Discussions' started by Gina B, Feb 14, 2009.

  1. Gina B

    Gina B Active Member

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    Ok, birthday number 3 is coming up next month!
    She has wanted a purple violin for a while, and will probably outgrow the one she has now in the not-so-distant future, and she found this one online and wants it.
    I paid quite a bit for the one she has now, so I'm going to be kicking myself if this is for real and I don't do it, but it sounds too good to be true.
    http://musicalmart.net/shop/product_info.php?cPath=21_1_8&products_id=59

    I haven't found any negative comments about the site, it's not listed with the BBB, there is one review and it's positive, and it has "customer approved" and such buttons on there.

    What do you think?
     
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  2. MorganT

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    It looks like a legit online business. I would be more comfortable if you could use paypal to pay instead of the CC number but other than that it looks legit. People keep there cost down by not running an office and doing everything themselves. If he didnt have the ratepoint verification, I would be alittle skeptical but it seems he has been in business since 08 and has been verified by another business as being legit.
     
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    Oh wait I just noticed he does accept Paypal, I wouldnt hesitate to do it thru paypal
     
  4. Jim1999

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    I know people who play the same violin all their lifetime....Did someone fiddle with yours?

    Cheers,

    Jim
     
  5. Gina B

    Gina B Active Member

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    haha, cute wording!

    This isn't for me, it's for one of my daughters. She is outgrowing hers. I don't play the violin. Well, I play it, but then people yell at me and throw heavy, dangerous objects!

    I've done some extensive reading online and found that quality and price do NOT go hand in hand when it comes to violins, so I feel a ton better taking a chance on that one now. Too bad we couldn't try it out first though.
     
  6. matt wade

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    You have far more protection utilizing your credit card (a real credit card, not a visa debit card) than you do using PayPal.
     
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    I wasn't too concerned about the payment method. I was worried about the quality of the violin.
     
  8. MorganT

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    Well I wouldnt know about a REAL credit card because I dont own one. I have one Debit Card and thats all I have. Paypal seems better to me than giving my number out all over the internet.
     
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    You are correct, in that you have real protection from a Credit Card vs Paypal. Paypal isn't even FDIC insured I don't believe.

    They will try to "settle" a dispute, but a credit card company will reverse charges and make the vendor provide proof of the claim.
     
  10. JamieinNH

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    Gina,

    In my experience, I don't do business with anyone that doesn't provide a snail mail address and toll free number over the internet unless I know them personally.

    This site is using an OScommerce cart system which is a free system anyone can set up in under 10 minutes. That being said only to add that it's far too easy for a "company" to be set up and taken down for lack of customer service and good products.

    I would continue your search if it were me and not buy from this site for those reasons.
     
  11. Gina B

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    Thank you. I almost did...it's a ridiculously tempting price, but don't want to take the chance right now, especially with only one review up on their website. I didn't find anything negative anywhere, but with it being so new and what you say about the shopping cart, I'd rather not take the chance.

    Anyone got a full size violin for sale, preferably in purple? :laugh:
     
  12. JamieinNH

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    Hey Gina,

    Here are a couple of links. The first one is to a Yahoo store, they are out of CA, and their price is the same as the last store you looked at. They have no reviews, but at least can call them and talk to them before paying for it.

    The second link is to a listing with several of them for sale, they are mostly listed under the Amazon market place which is good because you can see the reviews of other people before you buy from them.

    http://store.violinsmart.com/mv01spp.html

    http://www.nextag.com/purple-violin/search-html


    Good luck!
     
  13. Gina B

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    Very cool, I'll check them out with her after she gets home tomorrow. Thank you for being so helpful!
     
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    Gina,

    I would bet you would be pretty safe ordering from them. Their copyright is from 2005 so it is not like they just opened for business. Also it looks like they have a decent sized inventory which is good. As long as you pay with a major credit card you have protection that if they don't provide as claimed the credit card company will charge it back to them if you dispute it. Just print out the page you are looking at, and also print out a copy of their 30 day return policy and you should be well protected. I doubt very much they are going to quickly go out of business jut in order to scam your $70.00.

    It probably is such a good deal because of lack of demand for the color purple, and slowing sales because of the economy. I would take advantage of it if that is what your daughter wants.
     
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    I should have also added this. I saw they had a contact e-mail/fax number. If you are concerned about the quality why not just write them and ask them about that?
     
  16. Gina B

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    Nobody selling a product is going to say "yeah, it's a pretty cruddy piece of work." Other customer reviews or people who know about violins (I don't) are a much better source of information than a seller.

    It's also only a 30 day warranty, so I'm gonna have to pass. What kind of instrument is only guaranteed for 30 days? The last one I got for my daughter had a five year warranty.
     
  17. JamieinNH

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    A fax number and email isn't a honest method of contact for a online store.

    I was only giving my opinion and experience from the past with online orders and websites. One could trust the information or not.

    I would venture to bet though that the many people that get ripped off on the web are from this "type" of site where it's easy and free to set up a store, and doesn't give any real form of contact.

    Buyer Beware is my moto... I have never lost any money on the web, btw. :)
     
  18. Steven2006

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    I was just offering an opinion as well, trying to help. Earlier Gina said "I wasn't too concerned about the payment method. I was worried about the quality of the violin."
    So I thought she might want to e-mail them to ask about the quality and see if they could satisfy her about that. Also if you read my earlier post I suggested using a major credit card for protection.

    I have never lost any money on the web either if that really has any bearing on anything, but I doubt this site is an elaborate scam to get her $70.00, but of course Gina needs to go with her gut not ours.

    Gina, here is a link to a site and they give their address and number :laugh:

    http://violinsmart.com/mv01spp.html
     
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    That's true, I only thought you might want to ask them specific questions related to the quality. I don't know the first thing about violins, but usually when I am buying something I research it enough to ask about specs and features in order to be able to make an informed decision, especially if buying online. One of the questions might be about warranty, because you might be confusing their 30 return policy with what the manufactures warranty on the product might be. But absolutely I would agree if there is not a manufactures warranty of any kind I would stay far away from it.

    Did you happen to notice I posted a link to another purple one I saw?
     
  20. Jim1999

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    For $20.00 you could paint the violin you already own.

    Cheers,

    Jim
     
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