I think that bad experiences may be more likely to prompt posts to vent or complain, which can create the impression that negativity is common. I've read many people trashing eBay and Reverb and complaining about being burned, and I have no doubt that this happens. There are jerks out there who will ruin things for good people. But I'm really curious to hear from a broader, more representative sampling of users. How would you rate your overall experience with these sites? I'd like to start by noting that I just had an exceptionally nice time selling something on eBay. I sold a guitar for which the buyer is a perfect fit. We had fairly extensive communication over a couple of days and reached a deal. I'd planned to ship it, but he only lives about 1.5 hours away so we did a local pickup instead. We had a wonderful conversation last night while making arrangements to meet, and again this afternoon when we met for the pickup. We have a lot of shared interests, even beyond guitars. This might even be the beginning of a friendship. I'm omitting details b/c they're unimportant. I just wanted to post an example of a really, really nice transaction on eBay, a 100% win-win situation. In fact, I've yet to have an eBay experience as a buyer or a seller that was in any way negative. I don't sell often, I buy more, but it's always been at least professional, if not outright friendly. I've only used Reverb once, to buy a fairly expensive guitar, and that was a terrific experience, too. This is my first try at posting a poll, but if I'm allowed to vote I'm all in on "positive"!