I have a nice pipe I've considered selling on eBay. . . But I don't have the equipment necessary to give the bowl and stem a great shine (and remove some of the scorching on the top of the bowl), and I don't have any experience sanitizing pipes.
If you saw a listing for a pipe that required the above -- and didn't come "ready to smoke" -- would that be an immediate turn-off? Is it in my best interest as a seller to take the time to prepare it for the next owner?
BTW, I don't want to overstep the forum guidelines regarding the prohibition against promoting eBay auctions, so I don't want to go into any more detail about the pipe or the possible sale, should I decide to move forward. I just wanted to hear what this community thought. (And, although I've bought a number of pipes on eBay, I've never bought one myself that required sanitizing/refurbishing.)