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I've seen a few Gibsons on sale on Ebay that are listed as new other, with the description that they were purchased from overstocked dealer. Does this seem fishy, or are these legit? Would you have any worry about purchasing? One of the ones i'm looking at is a J200 custom where only 30 were made, it seems weird a dealer would've had an overstock of those?

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Dealers "overstock" does not necessarily mean they were overstocked

on that particular guitar. Guitar dealers are just like any other

retail business: sometimes you discount current stock during slow

periods to keep cash flow going. Guitar sales are also seasonal, so

during slow seasons, guitars may be discounted to encourage sales.

Overstock many times means the dealer has more guitars in stock than

he/she is comfortable with in their inventory....hence, lower prices.

If you are truly interested in a particular guitar, just call the

seller. If he/she is legitimate, I'm sure they will respond via phone.

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Legit dealers can't advertise below M.A.P. (minimum advertised price) or they can lose their dealership. SO they ship them off to these non-authorized dealers, who can advertise them at a lore price. Note: buying from non-authorized dealers voids the warranty, so it better be a good deal!!!

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'Have done this before, and was surprised to receive a guitar that was in much mintier condition than was advertised (thanks, Shelton's). Don't know if this is still the case, but Gibson's requirements for a dealer's inventory/order size had made it difficult for smaller shops to maintain their franchise. Those that wished to remain authorized G dealers would move a number of guitars on to lower tier sellers. This is fairly common, and can be a winning situation for all parties. The loss of a factory warranty shouldn't be much of a bad thing, if you have confidence in the maker, the seller (eBay seller ratings, return policy?), and the guitar. Just don't be careless with the instrument, and there more than likely shouldn't be a problem.

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Legit dealers can't advertise below M.A.P. (minimum advertised price) or they can lose their dealership. SO they ship them off to these non-authorized dealers, who can advertise them at a lore price. Note: buying from non-authorized dealers voids the warranty, so it better be a good deal!!!

Lore price?

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