Just a thought on first impressions, items for sale....and your thoughts.

When looking at a used car, the owner having it clean and looking its best is mostly what my experience has been.  The same is true with buying a home.  That said, I am somewhat surprised that her and on other sites like ebay, there are components that are dusty/dirty, finger printed and basicly not ready for prime time.   Your thoughts?


On ebay you see a lot of estate stuff pulled out of a basement and listed as is. The seller doesn't care.


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Yes, it irks me too. Why not take the five minutes to dust, wipe and accurately light the item for sale. Gives you a little more room to haggle if someone makes a low offer. Certainly cannot hurt.

A good dusting and a little Windex will pay dividends when selling anything. It is also a good idea to take a lot of pictures that show as much of the item's condition as possible, both the good and the bad. Visual proof is a great hedge against after sale squawking. 🦆  

When it comes to surface dust, a swiffer will do wonders. For aged-on greasy stuff, it's better to let sleeping dogs lie. "a little windex" might very well remove silk-screened lettering on age old faceplates. Been there done that. 

Agree with all that's been said. What's worse is when the add says something like "Finish on the speakers is a little faded, nothing that a bit of wax won't fix".

The why didn't he do it?

 When a nice piece of gear is shown being filthy thats all I need to know...

I agree with the laziness post. How long does it take to dust something? 

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Vintage be careful. Surface dust is fine. If it need a cleaning leave it alone unless you know how to clean it without harm.. No windex. Just a damp cloth, if its dirty use a warm soapy lent free rag. Pull the knobs and soak them in ivory. Dry and any tough stuff just use baby oil and work off the grim with CLEAN soft lent free towles. and cotton. Never Dull is great..


OR throw it in the trunk take down to the car wash and preassure wash it..:-)



Perhaps this is good thing, they expose the truth. Cleaning up and polishing may hide how they truthfully keep equipment.


On the other hand, dust and fingerprints may not indicate true condition of internal components. It does show someone not understanding or caring about marketing of products. Buyer should expect discount price for risk of purchase of such equipment.

I just sold a bicycle on Ebay and aside from a few obvious scammers I had a great experience as did the fellow who purchased the bike. I do think you are better off selling Hi Fi gear on Audiogon for rather obvious reasons. 

There are many people out there that are, for lack of a better term, slobs. It does not occur to them that dust and dirt are a problem. They grew up in such an enviroment and they see it as normal. I think you can expect them to be more careless with their equipment and I would shy away from it particularly turntables, tonearms and cartridges. I do think the majority of us are meticulous with our gear.