Okay I see a guitar and the guy says "$850, it's a 1300 guitar plus I'll throw in a coffin case"
I go and do some research.... "But it's only a $700 new, the headstock is wrong, the inlays are incorrect and the paint job doesn't match the model you claim it to be..... here's the info straight from the manufacturers website"
"Okay $600" says the dealer.
"$450?" I reply.
"Sorry guess this guitar is not for you."
Oh well I'd rather keep waiting for a 5150/6505 to pop up in the classifieds.
PS They guy still has the thing posted at the inflated price. Someone else can be his sucker.
There's a lot of that when it comes to pawn stores. I used to work for one in my late teens and I was the only guy who knew about musical gear and also gaming related gear. Whenever I had a day off and someone came in with musical gear it was always a shit fight. Lending too much on unsellable gear that was in some cases counterfeit. All too often stores will try selling a piece of gear not knowing what the street price of it is or how much they tend to go for secondhand.
I was in a store the other day and had to inform them that the 'Les Paul Custom' they had was actually a chinese knock off. They refused to believe me. I went back about 4 days later and the guitar was gone. Spoke with the same dude and he told me they ran the serial through gibson and sure enough it was a fake.