Buying guns, optics, equipment, etc from sellers on this site

HoundTracker

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Hello to all members of this site!
I'm new to this site and I hope to learn from others experiences and knowledge that will share it with us newbies. I'm not new to guns but surely don't have the sweat and work others have put into the knowledge and experience that many others have. I'm here to learn and hopefully be able to share information with you all maybe in other ways. I come to this site to try and learn as much as I can about scopes before I decide to make a purchase, and found that they are sold on this site as well. So the question that I need help with is,
"Has anyone ever made a purchase from someone that can post to sell anything, that did NOT get the merchandise they paid a for"? SCAMMED in other words!!!! If you pay someone with a money order, pay pal, wire transfer, etc. I am looking to buy a used scope, but I want to be sure I get it..... Thank you all for your help in advance for your input and I look forward to enjoying this site and the people on it....
 

pmclaine

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Ive bought plenty of stuff from the PX here and all transactions have been legit.

Hang out for awhile and get to know the personalities.

Check out the sellers rating.

Do your own google searching to vet any seller.

Do your homework, same as anywhere else.

Scammers dont get the opportunity to scam a second member if they choose to be dildos
 

canezach

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If you're asking if someone has been scammed or ripped off on here, the answer is unfortunately yes. It happens. But, as Pmclaine said, scammers don't get a second chance around here. Tucker does a good job of taking out the trash, so to speak.

If you're looking to buy something, I'd recommend buying from a long time board member. You can see someone's join date and post count, which should give you an idea of how long they've been around, how active they are, etc. You can also check feedback, but since the feedback system is fairly new, I'd recommend you check the Good Guys list. As with everything, you can never fully guarantee integrity, but you'll find more often than not, the guys on here value their word and name more than money.
 

Blutroop

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I’ve bought on here. I only use usps money orders. I haven’t been screwed yet. If it’s too good to be true though..
 

Stooxie

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Sometimes the best indicator is if a seller can put together a decent English sentence with a modicum of punctuation. That is my first test and has honestly served me well, along with lots of other commonly understood red flags to watch out for.

-Stooxie
 

19Scout77

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If you need verification, get a phone number and have a chat. Hell I did a $4000 deal with some in rural CA, who had little history. I asked for a reference, then had a nice chat with the local police chief who vouched for him. It’s easy enough to do, just don’t be lazy.
 

lowlight

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We have 1000s of transactions on this site,

HOWEVER

This is not a for sale site, our PX is a value-added part of the forum designed for CONTRIBUTING MEMBERS

Because of the quality and popularity of our forum and it's PX we have allowed new members to Purchase 101 posts which give them access to the PX. That does not mean we are endorsing its use or validity of any ad placed on SH.

Buyer Be WARY is the first and most important caveat to doing business on the internet.

Heed the words spoken before every Prize Fight, Protect yourself at ALL times
 

Amac305

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@HoundTracker,

I second what @pmclaine said, especially the part about the waiting around to get to know the personalities on this site. You’ll find that there are some incredibly knowledgeable folks on here have a wealth of experience. Do your research. Talk to people.

I came here a few years back trying to do some research on a scope I was going thinking about buying, found some reviews and ended up reading just about everything wigwamitus has ever posted. As long as you do your diligence and keep in mind that it’s not worth losing a few grand to save a couple hundred bucks on a “screaming deal”, you’ll be fine.
 

pmclaine

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Just made a deal to buy a receiver here last night with @Barretn

Sent lots of pictures of the receiver when questions were asked and has been great to deal with.

Lots of good gear here.
 

JB.IC

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Had a member sell me a “excellent” condition scope and the objective lens had scrapes hidden under a dusty lens. They blame shipping yet the lenses were covered with scope caps in a padded box. Luckily I used paypal goods and services and returned the scope and got a full refund minus shipping.

Out of 5 or 6 PX purchases that’s the only issue I’ve ever had in the past two years.
 

Btrain

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I have had the good fortune of more than a dozen transaction on the Hide - Both buy and sell. Due your dilegence - My experience has been great people to learn from and deal with.
 

deersniper

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Asking for a money order with tracking is a giant red flag to me. They do that so they can see when the money order is going to come to the address they gave you so they can sit there and get it. Obviously not their real address.
 

Quest1000

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I built my first custom rifle from used equipment in the PX section. This one reason I hope frank keeps it open.