That said, there are some tips to keep in mind when buying and selling guitars on eBay. There is no better predictor for a smooth transaction than previous experience at buying or selling guitars online. Check whether the buyer or seller has consistently positive feedback specifically on guitars or other similar musical instruments (unfortunately, eBay only lists the item bought or sold for transactions within the last 90 days). Check for the seller's return policy. In the event you need to return an item you will usually be responsible for return shipping and may even be assessed a re-stocking fee. Don't forget to factor in shipping costs when bidding on a guitar.
Last week I received a 1983 Guild F-45CE purchased on eBay. I know this model well having successfully bought, restored, and sold a 1984 version earlier this year. There were few bidders so I could not resist bidding even though the seller had very little history on eBay and none for musical instruments, and accepted no returns. There was only one picture (sellers have to kick in a little extra to add multiple pictures to listings) and the description was unenlightening as to the guitar's condition. The seller had answered some relevant buyer questions that were posted, however, including an assurance that the guitar had "no dents or scratches" and no issues, and that the guitar case was beat up, but functional. My winning bid was well below Blue Book value.