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Orion Bluebook provides large databases of price and value information about general musical instruments, vintage guitars, audio equipment, computers and other items. Except for vintage guitars, most objects in their databases are by mainstream manufacturers made within the last 30 years or so. You will need to know the exact manufacturer and model number as there are no tools provided for determining this kind of information. Information provided usually includes original manufacturer's retail price (if known), current retail and dealer prices as determined by dealer surveys, with a range depending on condition. This information is useful for establishing a fair price for your object for purposes of selling it or documenting insurance value (check with your carrier to determine if this is sufficient documentation). Orion Blue Books charges a fee for this information of which Oriscus.com receives a small percentage commission.
Blue Book Publications - Blue Books Publishing provides a similar service to Orion Bluebook. Their musical instrument databases are confined to acoustic and electric guitars and amps. They have a number of useful free resources on their site relating to manufacturers. They answer specific questions or give written appraisals for a fee. Oriscus.com receives a percentage of any product or service you buy through our site link.
Ebay is by far the largest online auction site. It connects sellers and buyers of anything imaginable from over the world. There is a huge market in musical instruments on Ebay. Some are exceptional bargains, while many others are not worth the shipping costs. When you join Ebay and make a transaction using any of the various links from the Oriscus domain, we may receive a small commission.
Half.com (AKA half.ebay.com) is an online store that is operated and owned by Ebay. It similarly connects buyers and sellers, but in this case they are primarily connecting buyers with dealers of media, including books, recorded music, movies, computer software, etc. Some if this merchandise is new and some is used. Oriscus receives a small commission on transactions completed through the links on our domain to Half.com
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Last updated 11/01/05