Please refer to the frequently asked questions listed below to help you utilize the BassObsessed.com web site and get the most out of our service.
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Having a free BassObsessed.com account lets you easily do the following: 1. Post unlimited free listings without additional email validation. 2. Edit your posting(s) text, add photos, change your primary image, delete your posting(s), and more. 3. Post Comments on listings which allow it. 4. Communicate with other BassObsessed members via the internal messaging system. 4. Access new BassObsessed features as soon as they are introduced onto the site.
1. If you don’t have a BassObsessed account, click the “Create an Account to Add a Listing” link in the upper left of the BassObsessed homepage. 2. Type in a Username and your email address, then click the “Register” button 3. A validation email is then sent to the email address you used to register. 4. The email contains your Username and a temporary password you can use to login to BassObsessed. 5. On the BassObsessed homepage, click the Login link in the upper left to reach the login page. Type your Username and temporary password to access your account. From there, you can change your password and create your BassObsessed profile.
1. Login to your BassObsessed account. If you don’t have a BassObsessed account, click the “Create an Account to Add a Listing” link to quickly create one. 2. Click the "Add a listing" link the upper left of the BassObsessed.com home page to access the Listing form. 3. Begin by adding a photo as your Featured Image. Your Featured Image is the photo that appears in search results. Click the Upload Image link to select and upload an image from your computer or mobile device. A preview of your Featured Image will appear onscreen. 4. Next, fill in the Bass Equipment Title. This is the title of your listing, which appears in search results. We recommend that you include the brand, model, and year of the equipment you are listing. For example, “1965 Fender Jazz Bass” 5. Next, select the appropriate main category for your listing. Click the downward arrow to the right of “-Select-“ in the drop menu and click on one of the four main categories: Amplifiers, Basses, F-X, Misc. 6. Once you have selected a main category, another drop menu appears beneath the selected main category. This drop menu contains the subcategories associated with your selected main category. Click the downward arrow to the right of “-Select-“ in the drop menu and click on one of the subcategories. For example, if you selected Basses as your main category, the related subcategories you can choose from are: 4-strings, 5-string, multi-string, fretless, and uprights. Please note: the Misc. main category does not include subcategories. 7. Next, type the price of the bass equipment you are listing. The $ sign is automatically added when your listing is created. 8. Next, type the Description of your bass equipment. You can be as specific as you wish. 9. Next, add a few tags separated by a comma that best describe your post. Some suggested tags are your equipment’s Manufacturer, Model, Category, etc. 10. Next, you can add additional photos to your listing. Click the “Add Another Image” link to select and upload an image from your computer or mobile device. Repeat this for each additional image you want to add to your listing. 11. When you are finished adding additional images to your listing, click the “Submit Post” button. This sends your listing to us for review and approval. Once approved, your listing will be visible on the BassObsessed.com web site under the appropriate main category and subcategory listings, which are accessible via the BassObsessed homepage or via the search feature. Note: Older browsers may not be compatible with BassObsessed. If any of the above steps do not function properly (example: drop menus don’t appear, photos don’t upload, etc.) you may need to use a more recent version of your browser or a different browser.
Yes. Text and images included in your postings are reviewed and must be approved by BassObsessed.com staff before appearing on the web site.
1. Log into your BassObsessed account 2. Click the “Your Listings” link in the upper left on the BassObsessed.com home page. 3. Your previously submitted listings are displayed, along with featured image, title, status, and options management details alongside each listing. 4. Under the Options column, click the “Edit” link associated with the listing you want to edit. 5. The Listing Form appears. Make your desired edits, then click the “Update Post” to submit your edited listing for approval.Management details include the following: Featured Image displays your main image thumbnail, which appears in search results. Title displays the title of your listing. Status informs you whether your listing has been approved and is visible live on the site, or if your listing is awaiting approval. Options allows you to edit your listing or delete your listing. Please Note: Making edits to your listing will not affect the positioning of your listing in search results.
Currently, BassObsessed postings do not have a specific expiration time period. We ask that you please kindly delete your posting after it is no longer of use to you. We will be implementing an automated deletion function in the future, at which time each posting’s expiration date will be a minimum of 30 days after the date it was posted.
Members can contact you via the internal messaging system, via comments, and you can certainly include your contact details in your listing.
Yes, you may include a link to your existing post on an auction/bidding site. We recommend that you set a price on your BassObsessed post equivalent to the “Buy It Now” price you may have listed on auction/bidding sites.
Please refer to our Terms of Service for details regarding prohibited postings.
We’re currently developing various exciting and useful new features for our members to enjoy. We’re focused on consistently increasing the site’s feature set for its members and increasing interaction among members. Check back often for the latest news!
Although most interaction between buyers and sellers is legitimate, please read the following details which can help you recognize and avoid potential scams. We recommend that you take the “Buyer Beware” approach even when selling your items. Ask questions and be sure you are comfortable conducting business with the other party. One of the best ways to avoid problems is to keep all transactions local -- whenever possible, do business with people in your local area. Be especially mindful of anyone claiming to be outside of the United States.• Use caution and common sense when dealing with any financial transaction. • Dealing with locals will enable you to have more direct contact with them. Be cautious if dealing with any non-local inquiries on BassObsessed.com since this increases the chances of the inquiry being a scam. • Do not accept any offers to purchase your item for more than the price you are asking and have the balance of the transaction returned to the buyer. • Never wire funds to a distant person via Western Union or any other carrier. • Be wary if the other party wants to use an escrow service such as BidPay, iEscrow.com, Escrowoncall.net or Squaretrade. The escrow services allow scammers another level of anonymity to prevent you from dealing directly with them. To protect yourself, go to the website of the escrow service and read their policies and perform a Google search for “fake escrow” or “escrow fraud” to see if there is information about the escrow service the person is suggesting. • Never give out personal financial information such as a checking account number, SSN, or other sensitive information. Never give anyone your personal information so they can write you a check unless they are writing it to you in person. If the person’s objective is not to scam you, it may be to gather your information and sell it to companies that send out spam. • Never give anyone your bank account information so they can transfer money to your account. If they gather enough information, they can transfer money from your account to theirs. • If you wish to use PayPal to accept payment, use the “Request Money” option to generate the request for someone to pay you. It will allow you to enter all the necessary information in order for that person to get the payment to you. The link is: https://www.paypal.com/us/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_request-money (you must have an account and log into that account to view the page). • You can trust your instincts, but always remember the most important rule: BUYER BEWARE. This applies to any transaction requested by people using BassObsessed.com where money is involved. • If you think you have been scammed, contact the non-emergency number for your local police department. There is no guarantee the police will be able to do anything, however they may be able to offer advice regarding your available options.
FTC toll free hotline: 877-FTC-HELP (877-382-4357) FTC online complaint form (www.ftc.gov) Internet Fraud Complaint Center (www.ifccfbi.gov/) Additional Links: http://www.fraudaid.com/ScamSpeak/Nigerian/counterfeit_check_fraud/ http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/pubs/alerts/nigeralrt.htm http://home.rica.net/alphae/419coal/Inform the BassObsessed team via the Contact Us link at the bottom of any BassObsessed.com web page if you suspect that an item posted for sale on BassObsessed.com may be part of a scam or you are being contacted by a person whom you feel may be trying to scam you. Please include your description of why it may be fraud, along with any information regarding the item that is being sold or purchased.
Most scams have characteristics to look out for, such as the following: • Inquiry from someone far away, often in another country • Proposed transaction includes a cashier's check, postal money order, Western Union, or escrow service. • If someone introduces themselves as “Hello, I am Sir Thomas by name” they are most likely not legitimately attempting to purchase your item. People in America don’t speak this way. It is more common among English speaking people to give their name at the end of the e-mail. • Buyer wants to purchase the item for far more than you are asking for and would like the balance returned to them. • Buyer requests to purchase the item for a third-party, or makes claims they are buying as a gift for someone and wants you to ship to that person. Buyer may also claim that a person in your area will pick the item up, even though the buyer themselves are not in your area. • Inability or refusal to meet face-to-face when asked. • Non-specific e-mails are usually the work of a scammer that copies and pastes the same email to hundreds of sellers. Most of them don’t really know English but instead use previous scam attempts that are already typed out. They might start out with, “Hello, I saw your advert (advert is a British term) and was wondering if you have photos. This is a clear sign if you already have photos posted in your ad. They will not ask specific questions about your item but instead ask you what condition it is in and your lowest asking price. • If someone is speaking in broken English and doesn’t even complete their sentences be careful. Most of these scam artists are from different countries and know just enough English to attempt the scam. A lot of these people will cut and paste potential scams that they have found from other people and create their own crafty scam letter. • The most common way to recognize a scam is if the inquiry or request for a transaction seems too good to be true or if the person is more than willing to give you more than you are asking. The best thing you can do is use common sense and ask questions before you agree to participate in the transaction.
1. Buyer / seller claims that BassObsessed.com will guarantee a transaction, certify a buyer / seller, OR claims that BassObsessed.com will handle or provide protection for a payment. These claims are fraudulent, as BassObsessed.com does not have any role in any transaction. The scammer may send an official looking email that appears to come from BassObsessed.com, offering a guarantee, certifying a seller, providing payment services. Those types of emails are fakes, since BassObsessed.com does not provide any such services. 2. Buyer / seller offers a genuine-looking (but fake) cashier's check. In this case, you will receive an email (examples below) offering to buy your item, or rent your apartment, sight unseen. Often times, the cashier's check is offered for your sale item, as a deposit for an apartment, or for just about anything else of value. The value of cashier's check often far exceeds the asking price of your item. The scammer offers to "trust" you, and asks you to wire the balance via money transfer service. The banks will often cash these fake checks and hold you responsible when the checks do not clear, including criminal prosecution in some cases. This type of scam often involves a 3rd party (shipping agent, business associate owing buyer money, etc). 3. Fraudulent buyers / sellers will request or require payment via Western Union or MoneyGram. The scammer will often claim that an MTCN or confirmation code is needed before he can withdraw your money. That claim is FALSE. Once you have wired the money, it is GONE and cannot be retrieved. Scammers will "bait" potential victims by listing items such as; laptops, plasma TVs, cell phones, tickets and other electronic devices, however be aware that a scammer may list almost anything to get your information. In addition, scammers are also looking to buy those same types of electronic items from you...but they could also request to buy anything you have listed for sale. The most common countries that scammers are sending requests from include: Nigeria, Romania, Ukraine, Spain, UK, Italy and the Netherlands. Be aware that scammers could be located anywhere in the world...including the United States. 4. Be aware if a buyer / seller who lives in another country offers to send you a cashier's check and then have you wire money. This technique is ALWAYS a scam. In nearly all cases, the cashier's check is FAKE. In most cases, the scammer asks for your name, address, etc for printing on the fake check and usually the deal seems too good to be true. 5. The buyer / seller suggests use of an online escrow service. Most online escrow sites are FRAUDULENT and are operated by scammers. It is in your best interest to obtain information about the escrow service being suggested. To get more information, perform a Google search on "fake escrow" or "escrow fraud". If you choose do business with a distant buyer / seller, insist on a legitimate escrow service, such as www.escrow.com. Always read the policies and information regarding the escrow service before participating in any transactions. 6. Buyer / seller asks for a partial payment upfront, after which they will ship goods and state that they trust you with the partial payment. Be cautious if the person states that they have already shipped the goods. Again, be aware if the deal sounds too good to be true.