I wonder if we are looking at the same gun? Listed on Armslist for $3200. Same gun, description and pictures on Gunbroker for $7200. Between Armslist, Gunbroker and personel contact with seller...three different addresses.
Yes it is spooky. We agreed on price and shipping but when it came time for payment he wanted me to wire the money. When i went to my bank they said that it was the wrong routing number. He then wanted me to send western union. This scared me, so i offered him a cashiers check. He agreed under a new name so i sent it registered plus signature guaranteed. On the day the payment was to arrive He emailed me wanting me to stop delivery because he was going through a divorce. I insisted that the check was sent to him and that he must ship the gun. He said no and did not help. I called his old post office and the good Lord was on my side, as the postmaster grabbed it and returned it to me. I redeposited it to my account. The dirt bag had the nerve to ask me if i still wanted the weapon. My banker explained to me that at least with a cashiers check I could track the payment, but I hated the whole deal. In hind sight, I will insist that he send it to my ffl and if it passes my muster, i will forward the funds. I know that they will refuse so it is a moot point but I sure hated having no control. russ l
ARMSLIST is a breeding ground for fraud and scams. I would never buy anything that you didn't meet face to face to pay and receive the item. If you click on the sellers other listings or items for sale, on the posting, it will pop up what they are selling. BEWARE of someone who is selling in several states with deals that are way too good. The only safe way by mail is have the party ship through an FFL dealer to yours and have your FFL send payment to his FFL, not them. No one will risk their license for a scam. Many items too good to be true are downloaded pictures from other sites and are complete scams. I have bought and sold guns on Armslist locally with face to face meetings. I meet them in the parking lot of Bass Pro, Sportsman's or Gander Mountain and look at ID for age and residency. Never have people come to your home.
I have not used armslist, but my father in law has bought a few things. I saw something that caught my eye though. I saw a trap gun listed about 25% lower than the going price. The pictures looked familiar. They were copies of a listing from a gunbroker auction that I was also watching. I looked at other items the person was selling and I saw that they had listings in 5 other states. If I were ever to buy anything, it would have to be face to face. I would also want a clean picture of the serial number and tell them I was going to run the numbers by a LEO. It looks like a quick place to cash in on something stolen.
Somehow I get the feeling that all the listers are pawn shops looking to sell.
I approached one on there once and asked about the 3 day inspection. I should be able to send it back if I dont like it for any reason. They said they want the opportunity to try to fix it. If its not to my liking I shouldnt have to go that route. If I dont like it for whatever reason I dont, and that should be good enough for anyone. So yes be careful!
Simple: Have him take the gun to an FFL (look up the FFL dealer in the ATF website and see if the guy is bonafide...a call to the local police department is also a good idea to really make sure the guy is legit)....pay the FFL dealer with USPS money orders or credit card (it is worth the extra 3%)....have him send it to your FFL....
This deal sounds too good to be true...and as you know, if it is too good to be true it probably isn't.......anytime anyone wants CASH ONLY, there is a 99% probability it is a rip-off!
I've bought three from Armslist. Was happy with two of them, but I wasn't crazy about a Varmint Special I got from a guy. The barrel channel was poorly hogged out to float the barrel. I should have asked to send it back, but ended up selling it for a small loss. Lesson learned to ask about everything.