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Buying off the web

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by rhymeswithorange, Feb 26, 2009.

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  1. rhymeswithorange

    rhymeswithorange Member

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    Hi, curious as to what the standard operating procedure is to buying/selling a gun here. How do buyer/seller protect themselves? Hopefully not a dumb question. Thanks in advance.
     
  2. KEYBEAR

    KEYBEAR Active Member

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    If you buy off this site your in good shape . Get a phone number and talk to the seller remember trap shooters love to talk trap . If the seller don,t know anything about trap move on . Pictures lots of pictures and good ones . Buy the gun e-mail the seller when you receive the gun the seller would like to know . INJOY
     
  3. Frank C

    Frank C Well-Known Member

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    There will be lots of advice to this question, but for a start

    1) check out the # of posts the seller has done, see if he established? If it is his first post.....beware, ask us to comment on his "history" here.

    2) talk to him/her on a HOME phone, do a White pages search and see if he really exists, and matches the address he has given. Maybe get a work phone # too??

    3) Determine terms of the sale including an inspection period (a couple days??)and method of payment.

    4) Beware!

    Await other info that your "friends" here will post which will also be helpful!

    Recently a friend bought some stereo equipment on an online forum, all by email, about 7K, used Paypal, the seller showed UPS info and tracking #'s, the stuff arrived a week later, inside the boxes were some dumbells....$$ gone, so far, no way to track it back, the person screwed some other posters on the forum...Police involved, but.....
     
  4. shubble72

    shubble72 TS Member

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    If you use paypal you are protected up to a certain amount dont recall how much but you can file a complaint with paypal and they will get your money back
     
  5. X Trap 2

    X Trap 2 TS Member

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    I tried to file a small claim with Pay Pal last year and it said it did not qualify. I had to eat it. Ray......
     
  6. randy-s

    randy-s Member

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    I have made several purchases and a few sales on TS.com. Things have always (knock on wood) gone perfect.

    In addition to the above you might want to check out a sellers info in a ATA/PITA yearbook or web site, call his home club or ask for references.
     
  7. rhymeswithorange

    rhymeswithorange Member

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    Thanks for steering in the right direction.
     
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