Sure was nice when they only charged 2 dollars an ad, and had free wanteds. I would say the value they used to offer has dropped tremendously.
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I agree. AudiogoN is an awesome site for buying/selling all things audio. I've had many (about 100 now) positive selling and buying experiences. I've also not had many scams or phishing expeditions thrown my way in response to my AudiogoN ads.
I also agree with you. AudiogoN seemed more like a community and less of a business when the fees were cheaper. It almost felt free! Six bucks is still a reasonable price to pay, especially considering the number of potential buyers that AudiogoN brings to the table.
All in all, I feel AudiogoN is the definitive solution for folks that want to buy or sell audio on the web. For me, my AudiogoN experience has been much better than my eBay experience for selling audio.
Nrchy, that's for sure. You give me negative feedback, nah, nee nah nee, I'll give you negative feedback back. Then, again, if a 'goner has a plethora of positive feedback it is unlikely that they will have an equal number of negative..I would feel safe going with an audiophool, here on the the 'gon, with a fast positive resume all the time...law of probability: there will be a negative here and there, but I would hope that wouldn't be me...
Audio buys I have made on ebay have varied widely in quality of product received. Nothing like that for me on audiogon (except, I have learned not to by from Canada--see the other thread). The 'gonners know their equipment and how to describe it. People with 0 feedback and who take money order only...I avoid. Haven't sold anything here for a while, so not aware of price increases....Do not like the censorship of the posts that goes on, but it's a small price to pay.
Snofun3, you are probably right about the value of the ratings. I usually don't pay too much attention to them, if any. I go by my gut instinct based on how the person sounds, how interested in the hobby they seem, and other intagible factors. Fortunately, I have had nothing but good experiences so far. I hope I have not jinxed myself.
Could I be just as addicted to the Gon as I am to my audio sys? Sometimes I think so. I've learned so much here (thanks to all of you).
Sorry to say that I just had my first borderline lousy experience with a seller. The item I received (speaker cables) should have been rated a 4-5 of 10. The seller had them rated a 9/10. I was shocked at their condition. Fortunately, the seller refunded my money plus shipping both ways. But, it was a bit of a wake-up call. I'll be a bit more careful from here on.
"cdm, he refunded your money and paid for shipping both ways. Wake up call? where can you do better than that?"
Warrenh... I commend the seller for refunding my money w/shipping, BUT, (message to sellers, everywhere) --- DO NOT exagerate the condition of the item you're selling! The cables I bought were "seller" rated 9/10. When I received them, the length of the jackets were covered in a sticky black adhesive residue, the jackets had multiple surface abrasions, the spades were bent, AND they were not configured the way the seller described them; they were wired for bi-amping, not bi-wire, as advertised. Would you have rated them 9/10? No, maybe a 5/10, max.
Here's the point --- my time (and money) are valuble. Don't waste either by makeing false claims regarding the equipment you're selling. This seller put me through the shipping/receiving hassle and tied up $600+ of my money for over two weeks.
Fortunately, this experience was the exception and not the norm, based on my several Audiogon trades. I still love this place!