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SeilerBird

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Customs seized my guitar
« on: October 07, 2020, 05:19:32 AM »
I ordered a guitar on eBay for $188. It is a Les Paul clone from China. I ordered it in March and it was not shipped until last month. Yesterday I got a bunch of paperwork from the government telling me my guitar was being held at customs since it was violating Gibson's ideas of a headstock. I can pay $61 and fight it or just give it up and lose the guitar and money. I can't find out anything about government seizures by searching.

X-Roughneck

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Re: Customs seized my guitar
« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2020, 06:18:15 AM »
I ordered a guitar on eBay for $188. It is a Les Paul clone from China. I ordered it in March and it was not shipped until last month. Yesterday I got a bunch of paperwork from the government telling me my guitar was being held at customs since it was violating Gibson's ideas of a headstock. I can pay $61 and fight it or just give it up and lose the guitar and money. I can't find out anything about government seizures by searching.

Wow.  Bummer.

I had a friend once who sent some tennis shoes from Korea as Christmas Gifts.

Customs had opened, determined they were knock off, look a likes, and took a Knife, cut the sole the entire way thru and  sent them to final destination.

This was early 90s though.

You got caught up in that 10% check it sounds like. Check the price on SW air as they are running some Deals Right Now.  Maybe worth it. 

If not request them doing a Paul Stanley / (KISS) Walk Off at the end of the concert Smash and have them send it to you on video.

JD
« Last Edit: October 07, 2020, 08:11:01 AM by X-Roughneck »
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X-Roughneck

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Re: Customs seized my guitar
« Reply #2 on: October 07, 2020, 06:24:48 AM »
I ordered a guitar on eBay for $188. It is a Les Paul clone from China. I ordered it in March and it was not shipped until last month. Yesterday I got a bunch of paperwork from the government telling me my guitar was being held at customs since it was violating Gibson's ideas of a headstock. I can pay $61 and fight it or just give it up and lose the guitar and money. I can't find out anything about government seizures by searching.

Dude you would like my sisters.  Twins.  Both music teachers.  Long since retired.  Artists.  You seem like you are in that same set. Just wanting to Crank on that Les Paul Knock off and don't bother no one.

My sisters are talented singers.  Sang at my Father's funeral.  Had the whole bunch of people wailing.

My sisters were born in 49.  I was born in early 60s so I have alot of their high school "The Beatles" memories too.

JD

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« Last Edit: October 07, 2020, 06:27:58 AM by X-Roughneck »
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Oldgator73

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Re: Customs seized my guitar
« Reply #3 on: October 07, 2020, 07:56:38 AM »
I would contact Ebay and explain what happened. The least they can do is remove the product from their site. But there might be some way they can reimburse you. If you paid with CC I would contact your CC company also. Same if you paid through PayPal.
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darsben

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Re: Customs seized my guitar
« Reply #4 on: October 07, 2020, 07:58:38 AM »
Oldgator beat me to the answer
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X-Roughneck

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Re: Customs seized my guitar
« Reply #5 on: October 07, 2020, 08:01:00 AM »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDE4eRrZRAI

Derek St Holmes.  Loved it when he fronted Ted Nugent.

I should have reported those crappy Scheechers shoes I just got on the Big River!

Too good of price, watch out.

JD
« Last Edit: October 07, 2020, 08:13:07 AM by X-Roughneck »
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SeilerBird

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Re: Customs seized my guitar
« Reply #6 on: October 07, 2020, 08:38:07 AM »
I would contact Ebay and explain what happened. The least they can do is remove the product from their site. But there might be some way they can reimburse you. If you paid with CC I would contact your CC company also. Same if you paid through PayPal.
I already have a fraud complaint with my CC. I put it in about a month ago. The product I ordered did not have the bird inlays shown. None of their guitars do. Personally I don't care if they remove the product, not my problem.

SeilerBird

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Re: Customs seized my guitar
« Reply #7 on: October 07, 2020, 08:40:26 AM »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDE4eRrZRAI

Derek St Holmes.  Loved it when he fronted Ted Nugent.

I should have reported those crappy Scheechers shoes I just got on the Big River!

Too good of price, watch out.

JD
It is a normal price for a Chinese knockoff.

SMR

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Re: Customs seized my guitar
« Reply #8 on: October 07, 2020, 09:24:07 AM »
Sounds like a good start for a song.....😎
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SeilerBird

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Re: Customs seized my guitar
« Reply #9 on: October 07, 2020, 10:04:35 AM »
I have only written one song in my lifetime and that was one too many for me.

SeilerBird

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Re: Customs seized my guitar
« Reply #10 on: October 08, 2020, 05:34:00 AM »
I have received an email from the seller and he has promised to send me another guitar.