and that is the "short and sweet" of it.........BTW, that goes for every forum on the netThey get paid by many different sources of funds, MO's, Checks, electronic transfers, ect. As to the guarantee you will receive your item, well there are no guarantees other than the honor and integrity a member has earned by having done business on these boards.
When it comes to these types of forums, as a buyer, there is absolutely no guarantee other than your own judge of the information you've been given. There is a lot to look at when it comes to determining the legitimacy of a post, too many for me to list here, but there are guides out there, plus learning from experience. Even with all the information, still there is always a risk involved when sending money through payment methods without a refund process. Even the most trusted member of a community can have their account hijacked and fraudulent listings posted under their name.How does someone get paid when they offer a military item,how to you guarantee you'll get your money/item you purchase?
I had a guy try to scam me on a P38 barrel and did this. He did a damn good job with photoshop but I noticed a few shadows were not right. One image returned to a gun broker picture that recently sold off the gray blanket. I asked to speak to him on the phone and his English was about a bad as my Chinese….and I don’t speak Chinese.I've never had issues on this forum (and this is a little off topic) but another good strategy to avoid a scam is to download the picture and reverse-image search an item if the price seems to good to be true. Occasionally you'll find the same photo of the item two or three pages into the Google search results.
You make a key point: Communication. For instance, I'm in the process of buying a rifle from a seller here. My payment from my bank got delayed in the mail, and I have communicated with the seller more than I have my girlfriend over the past two weeks. Hopefully, that (and my American English!) kept him from thinking I was trying to scam him.When you see an item for sale, there is usually a description of how the seller wants to be paid. It is a gentleman's
I sold a bunch of stuff to a buyer with a long history on the forum and lived across the country. His payment was sent and didn't get to me after about 10 days. We kept in touch regularly.