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How To Pay For a Gun

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by hejumper, May 9, 2013.

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  1. hejumper

    hejumper Member

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    I'd like to understand how to pay for the gun purchased via this forum. On my side I'm uneasy sending money orders, checks, etc to someone I don't know, especially out of state. On the other side I'd not want to send my gun based on "the check is in the mail".

    What options are there and what seems to work for both parties?

    Larry
     
  2. 7mag

    7mag Well-Known Member

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    CASH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If in person. Money order or cashers check if over the web.
     
  3. spritc

    spritc Active Member

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    Postal money orders are all I accept and/or send. The postal inspectors will go after all fraud cases with a vengeance.

    Have you talked on the phone with your seller? Do you have his home phone and address? Have you asked all the right questions? I don't think you can answer yes to the above questions and still not feel comfortable.

    Have you inquired on this site about your seller or searched to see any of his posts? You might want to do some of these things!
     
  4. gsw7880

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    What KolarDude said.... USPS Money order and ask questions.
     
  5. wolfram

    wolfram Well-Known Member

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    One of things about doing deals with people that use this forum is that you can do some research on them before you make a deal. Things like how long have they been posting. Do they trade regularly etc. Last resort you can post a thread asking for people to vouch for the person (kind of rude but effective)

    So thats TS.com pretty safe and usually most deals happen with the goods and the money passing each other in transit and no problems on either end. Other internet deals are probably riskier.
     
  6. pumpernck

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    Once I am reasonably assured that the seller is a valid one, I offer to send a private check with the stipulation that the seller may send the item when the check clears his account. I make it clear that I am in no hurry to receive the item and they may take their time to assure that the money is in their account before they ship. This is usually enough to make any seller comfortable about the transaction.
     
  7. W.P.T.

    W.P.T. TS Member

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    Wire Transfers, eliminate all of the guessing ... WPT ... (YAC) ...
     
  8. spritc

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    Paypal = anti-gun!!
     
  9. cubancigar2000

    cubancigar2000 Well-Known Member

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    guns sales are not allowed on paypal. Therefore if you use paypal and dont disclose it is a gun, you have no protection from paypal and will lose your account
     
  10. halfmile

    halfmile Well-Known Member

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    Have the seller use an FFL licensee on the sending end, and send the money to him.

    We chew this cabbage about twice a month.

    HM
     
  11. Bob Schultz

    Bob Schultz Well-Known Member Supporting Vendor

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    Half mile, most FFLs don't want to get involved in the financials of a gun deal. There are a lot of downsides and potential liabilities for the FFL dealer and no upside other than the $25 fee for doing the paperwork.

    I buy a lot of guns on the web and always use a bank wire transfer unless the buyer knows me and my company check is ok. Once money is transferred to your account its there and can't be withdrawn except by you. When you send a wire, it goes to a bank account held by the seller and he would have to be a customer at the bank. His address and contact information can easily be verified on line, and I have never had a legitimate seller not send me a photo of their drivers license beforehand. If you are willing to spend a little time and effort, you can do a reasonable background check on the buyer or seller you are dealing with.

    Lastly, if it sounds the least bit funny, walk away from the deal! I would rather miss a gun or a sale than go against my instincts.

    Bob
     
  12. motordoctor

    motordoctor Shoji Tabuchi in Branson

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    I have had many deals on this site over the last 8 or 10 years or so. Fortunately I have NEVER had a bad deal. Many times I make sure to talk to the buyer and get a feel for the deal. Small items are sent when the check arrives to avoid a problem in whee to send the item. When sending a gun it has to go to an ffl dealer. Therefore the buyer has chosen an ffl and he has to be part legit because of the background check and another person in the deal. Like Bob said. Drivers license works but i really think a phone call means a bunch and many times that person knows someone a I know and it then becomes a friendship deal. Motordoc
     
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    If a buyer does not know me, I recommend a Postal Money Order. As has been said, fraud involving this type of payment does not end well.

    Asking about a seller on the forum is not a bad idea. The reply "RUN FROM HIM" usually kills the deal. LOL


    Getting certified funds deposited before shipping cuts down on my stress.
     
  14. shadow

    shadow Active Member

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    If buying I always suggest a USPS money order and tell the seller not to ship until the money order has been deposited to his account or cashed.
     
  15. blackfoot

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    How I buy guns and I have bought several high end guns on TS.com,is to send a personal check and request that the gun NOT be shipped until the seller is comfortable with the funds clearing.

    I will NOT go into a bank or the Post Office to get cashiers check or money order.

    I have never had a problem with a seller nor they have with me!
     
  16. hejumper

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    Thanks to all. I purchased two guns last week and went with Postal Money Orders.
    Larry
     
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