So it’s been a while since I’ve gone on a little rant about bullwhips being offered on ebay. Now here’s a bullwhip buying tip (this is just my opinion):
Never buy a bullwhip off ebay that isn’t finished!
Honestly I don’t know why anyone would preorder a whip off ebay from an unknown maker. Here are a couple of reasons why:
1. Unknown quality of whip: It’s never a good idea to buy a whip sight unseen from someone whose work you haven’t at least seen pictures of!
2. Unknown reliability of seller: You don’t know if your whip will be delivered on time or at all!
Here’s the whip maker that got me started on this rant: http://www.ebay.com/itm/12-ft-16-plt-Kangaroo-Bull-whip-/160661818864?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item256830cdf0#ht_500wt_1072
Here’s my main issue with this listing…the seller is selling a bullwhip but has a picture of a snake whip in the listing! Does this mean the person has never made a bullwhip that they have a picture of and can post on the listing? I don’t know…but would I personally gamble $350 of my own money on it…nope!
The other thing is since this person says they are doing it for “Therapy” why are they waiting for you to buy it and not just making it and selling it after it’s finished? Making whips is something that I love to do and am passionate about and I make them without having orders. That’s the way I’ve always done it. If you want something specific that I’m not currently working on then yes you’ll have to prepay it. However this seller doesn’t appear to have anything in the pipeline or much past experience since all the bullwhip listings have the same picture of a snake whip. So this is an attempt to get you to prepay their therapy instead of them paying for their own!
Here’s a good example of making for the love of making bullwhip is that I just made an 8 foot Indy Bullwhip because I enjoy doing it…not because someone paid me to. I am selling it on my IN STOCK whips page (hint hint).
Oh one other thing that gets me with this auction is the “estimated delivery date” which (for me) shows it at November 17 -18. That’s over a 5 weeks away from today…but the listing says it’s a 3 week turn around time…hmmmm…once again personally I’m not going to gamble my $350 on a whip that’s delivery date is about a week and a half past the 30 day protection that paypal has.
I’m curious what you think about this…think I’m right…think I’m wrong…let me know in the comments of this post.