Originally Posted By rogue007:
Well.........Its not "really" a great deal..........its like $30 under normal cost.
I like protection, know what I mean? I really really work hard, and like a return on my investment.
In all honesty, if you "want protection," you're probably better off spending the extra $30 and using a CC to buy from one of the vendors here on the board.
With that said, I've done a few deals here --
-- and never once been ripped off.
If you want to protect yourself when dealing with private parties (particularly folks with little to no track record here) then I would suggest the following:
--Make sure you check the FB links and the HOS
against the username.
--Do a search on the username here and find out where he's posting. Is it just on the EE? Does he post in the tech forums? Read some of those posts and see if the guy sounds credible.
--Google the username and see if anything odd pops up from other boards.
--Get a real name and phone number from the seller before commiting to buy.
--Ask him if he minds talking to you on the phone about the item.....if he says "No" then politely decline the deal.
--Make sure the terms of the deal are clear before you agree.
--Document everything on your end--save all e-mails/IMs.
--Send payment in a way that is trackable re: delivery.
--If something seems "off," don't commit. (Cuz if you commit on your end, then there ain't no backing out....
There are probably other tips as well, but I can't think of any more at the moment.
The only other thing I would tell you is my own personal preference on this sort of thing: if it's a non-Team member with a low post count (and most/all of the posts in the EE) and they'rre offering a high-dollar item, I just pass on by. I'm sure I lose out on some nice gear from honorable guys who just haven't done much trading here, but that's how I protect my
hard earned dollars. FWIW.