I am thinking of picking up the trumpet - I already play saxophone and a couple of other instruments. In my search for a proper trumpet, I came across an advertisement here in the Classifieds section, where a Yamaha trumpet was being offered at a very good price. I did contact the person, and the communications were quite positive.
My main concern is with the safety of buying from the classifieds section in this forum. If after payment (through Paypal), the seller doesn't send out the horn, or sends it out something that is a train wreck etc., then what kind of recourse would i have, especially since I am a foreign buyer from a distant country. This person only joined this forum in Dec 2010, and has only had a few posts, most of which are pertaining to selling his trumpet.
So I would like the advice of the more experienced members and moderators here as to how real of a worry is this, and is it wise for me to proceed with the purchase? Athough the payment is through Paypal, and I do believe Paypal has some buyer protection features, still it would not be worth the hassle and potential loss of money. In short, would you all consider that the sellers on this site classifieds are unlikely to try pulling any scam or con, or is it something that happens often enough to be a course for concern?
Thank you very much for your feedback on this question, This is my maiden post in this forum, and I apologise if I am not posting in the right section.