I have read the threads you linked to.
Can I ask what you paid,
Where I am going with this is if you paid a low price, like half the price they usually sell, then there should have been alarm bells going off in your head, or in your conscious.
I am not saying this is the case for you as I do not know what you paid, but these forums are full of folks (SHARKS) looking for that DEAL from member's who undervalue their item then are rushed into a transaction faster than maybe they would like so the shark can get that deal at the expense of the seller. I consider this dishonest when the true value is not shared with the seller. I know I would not be happy if someone pretending to help me out by offering to buy my undervalued item does this to me.
I actually chuckle when I see a Shark had by a thief.
So don't get mad by my asking, but it will affect the sympathy factor that I and others may have for this rip off, not in siding with the theif, as he obviously is a thief, but with someone who should have been more honest on his side.
PLEASE IGNORE ALL OF THIS IF YOU DID NOT FIND THAT SUPER DEAL I SPEAK OF!hat
As for what you bought, no doubt it is of very little value. Barrel blanks like this are typically sold for $10-$20 with the $10 or less for those barrels with damaged muzzles (and worthwile on barrel cutdown projects). Due to the timing issue your options are limited to maybe making a 'cutdown" shorter barrel with the new gas port placement at the carbine location. I have heard of some smiths who are able to get lucky with the timing and finding an extension that undertimes just a bit and being able to turn barre/or extension in a lathe. Also heard of using timing washers ala L1A1 for these types of situations, but wow, that is very risky to get just right and though I have heard of such (books, forums, etc) I have never met a real person live who has had such a weapon that he was satisfied with. As you say this is a very pricey option.
After reading your post of this fellas response it is clear he is a thief as thieves don't like loosing out on potential thieving business hence there threatening/posturing/chest thumping when you out them. A real merchant would look to satisfy his customer and would look at a return as part of doing business and cheaper than the cost of lost business due to the ruining of their reputation.
I do think there are rules about using multiple ID's to sell at this forum and others. I think that for the sake of other members this persons IP should be banned as well as his whole subnet of 256 addresses in case he has broadband and knows the trick of releasing and obtaining another IP address. At least he will be slightly inconvinienced by having to go to the library or finding hot spots to set up more thieving accounts.
Since this fella has admitted to multiple accounts we can now understand how he received all that positive feedback. hock.gif
This is a common scheme used by thieves (especially on ebay, but at anyplace that uses feedback) where they set up multiple accounts and give each other good feedback to make them look honest. I bet alot of that feedback is from himself through the other accounts of this thief. Though he probably did not commit a crime that is prosecutable selling you those barrels, the use of multiple accounts to provide himself positive feedback to commit this crime has been used to prosecute internet commerce fraud and is probably the angle you wish to work if you get law enforcement involved.
There also is a good chance he has been in trouble in the past with law enforcement. He maybe even on probation so please push the issue because his past contact with LE will compound the issue. And if he is on probation (strong possibility), it is as simple as complaining to his probation officer to have him return to the hole.
As for paypal, be careful. If you have the free account with the limits you are probably OK as you do not agree to as much. If you have paypal linked to your bank account then be very careful as you agreed to be fined up to I beleive $3000 for violating policies like selling/buying guns/gunparts.
I personally know of three people that have had their bank accounts raided by Paypal (for various reasons including selling gun parts), where they say they hold it for six months for you to prove you deserve to get your money back. After six months of making you jump through hoops they usually just keep your money because they wear you down and you give up.
Empty your bank account first (leave like $2 as I believe you are suppose to notify paypal if you close it and would be in violation of your contract meaning they would not be required to refund).
Since this fella is a dealer he probably has that premier paypal account so after clearing your bank account you can complain and paypal will dip into his bank account and probably take all there is to be had. Typically for sellers paypal takes the equivalent of 30 days (I think it could it is longer like 60 or 90 days) worth of funds transfers that went into his bank account through paypal to hold for 6 months in case others may file a claim against this thief through paypal, and of course they end up keeping it due to all those hoops they make you jump through by continually rejecting your claim for return by requesting one more bit of info til you just give up. I think this is the best way to hurt the thief as this can cost him way more than the cost of those barrels, assuming he has money in a bank account. At the very least he will be identified by paypal and will no longer be able to use this method of money transfer to do his thieving so you would be doing the next victim a favor (also make sure paypal knows who his wife/brothers/girlfriend are).
Also check out this site and you will see all the problems with paypal that you should watch for but maybe able to use in your favor.Paypalsucks.com
I wish you luck my friend. The world hates a thief. If this fella sold these things to you at more than $20 each (giving a benefit of some doubt for the damage which makes it really worthless) then he had clear intent to steal from you or whoever he hooked on this scam.