AND JUST TO PROVE MY POINT - the original guy who editted his post to say "I'll take it" once again sent me an email (after I sent him the note above) that he wanted to reserve the right to a refund if 'the screws are damaged (not 'stripped' anymore, but he more liberal 'damaged')". I told him, everything about this stock, including teh screws are fine, I can take pics at any angle and any magnification of any part but couldn't agree toa refund as this money will need to go to pay bills RIGHT when I get it. I also told him I am selling the stock to someone else.
this is all AFTER he modded his post from PM SENT to ILL TAKE IT.
the rule, or tip - probably better if its a tip or guideline for a while to let folks get used to it and know that its an issue - should be iin the BUYER section of the rules:
I'll take it:
The way to seal the deal here on ar15.com is to post an "I'll take it" preferably to the sellers ad, or in some form of communication to him/her.
I'll take it = commitment:
When a potetnial buyer has communicated in a THREAD, IM, or EMAIL that "I'll take it", those words represent a commitment to buy the item under the terms either previsouly discussed by the two parties, or - barring previous communications -AS POSTED in the ad. E.g. if no inspection period is offered, none is required. If condition is not stated in the ad, then none is guaranteed.
I'll take it if = not a commitment
ANY AND ALL CONDITIONAL FORMS OF COMMITMENT (e.g. "I'll take it if.." or "As long as....then I'll take it") do not automatically place a buyer at the front of the line of potential buyers nor do they reserve the item from the questioner until such point as the question is answered. IF you have questions - ASK THEM. Don't attempt to reserve the item as you ask your question by giving a conditional "I'll take it" , e.g. as long as the answer is what I want it to be, THEN I'll buy it.
A seller on the EE can choose to accept a conditioaln commitment, but is not required to AND THEY ARE DISCOURAGED. Terms should be set prior to a commitment, and then both sides should adhere t them.
that's all I could come up with now. it gets teh main points across -
a) I'll take it is a commitment
b) I'll take it if is not a commitment
c) I'll take it seals the deal at its pesent status, e.g. no conditions can be added (by one side) after the I'll take it.
d) buyers should ask questions, ask TONS of questions before committing as a result of c)
MOST OF ALL, you gotta reinforce that this whole system is based on trust.
I'm getting a conditional I'll take it when I have great feedback and even if you may not like what I have to say in the GD, you know I play ALOT on the EE and people come out very happy from my transactions. And I'm getting sweated over screws (which are perfect, by the way) on a magpul stock? I tell him they're fine, he says he still wants a 3-day inspection period (which I can't agree to cause of financial problems). If you can't trust me, who can you trust?
PLUS even if something wasn't discussed and condition wasn't mentioned, even if you got a product so bad that it deserves a refund that wasn't agreed to, just post it in the feedback section for all to see, and you'll probably get your refund. Because no one will deal with someone who screws people even within the rules.
The marketplace here is a VERY GOOD one, and I think this rule will make it better.