Online firearm auction sites - Legit?

Online firearm auction sites - Legit?

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    Online firearm auction sites - Legit?

    In my now seemingly endless search for a second Baby Eagle, I have been perusing Gunbroker, GunsAmerica, AuctionArms, and ArmsList (.com).

    Gunbroker I have a little confidence in, but the others I am a little sketchy about.

    Anybody have any experience with the others? ArmsList looks a bit like a Craigslist version for firearms. Not even sure how one would go about safely completing a transaction with an "out of state" private party.

    Anybody have any experience with these sites?
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    I used GunsAmerica for two Kahr PM9's, and I was very happy with both transactions and the way it all worked out. Only one thing I would have done differently, and that was read the ad more closely -- I ended up paying a shipping charge on one when I bought it from a gun shop that I had occaision to drive right past (200 miles to the South of me) within a week of buying it online. But GunsAmerica worked just fine for me.
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    I've completed numerous transactions on gunbroker and several on gunsamerica. I've never had a single problem.
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    Can't help you much except with Gunbroker I have spent thousands on there without problem, knock wood. I looked at auction arms and did not see any good deals. I can't log into guns america or the other one from here.

    Just trust your feelings and check and double check before sending money.
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    It's not an auction site, and although I've only bought retail from their Brick & Mortar store, these folks have some great prices as compared to my other retail choices:

    http://www.traderjerry.com/firearms-...=7&sort=2a

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    I will only really consider Gunbroker. Just me. the others look a little less quality.
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    I've used gunbroker & Auction Arms with good results

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    Same here.
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    NB !!!! : USE a Credit Card!

    For any auction site for anything USE A CREDIT CARD or if the seller doesn't have that capability use GunPal or even PayPal with a disguised description for the item you're buying (they are not keen on private gun sales payments). If the seller won't agree to accept those Credit C. or CC-based payment systems, pass. I know well - not with a gun but with an expensive camera on Ebay - the site itself will not help you if you get screwed with a sale, but your Credit Card company will - they will simply lift the money from the seller's bank and credit your account, all legal, if you win a complaint with your C.C.

    . Save all documentation, all correspondence until you receive and are satisfied with your purchase - and DO NOT use M.O. or checks. You are sending cash for all intents and purposes to someone you don't know. Only use a credit card based payment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hamlet View Post
    For any auction site for anything USE A CREDIT CARD or if the seller doesn't have that capability use GunPal or even PayPal with a disguised description for the item you're buying (they are not keen on private gun sales payments). If the seller won't agree to accept those Credit C. or CC-based payment systems, pass. I know well - not with a gun but with an expensive camera on Ebay - the site itself will not help you if you get screwed with a sale, but your Credit Card company will - they will simply lift the money from the seller's bank and credit your account, all legal, if you win a complaint with your C.C.

    . Save all documentation, all correspondence until you receive and are satisfied with your purchase - and DO NOT use M.O. or checks. You are sending cash for all intents and purposes to someone you don't know. Only use a credit card based payment.
    That is common sense for any "Net" transaction regardless of what you are buying.

    Only way it would be cash/MO/Check would be an in person transaction and I have inspected the item and took possession at time of transfer.
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    I was told that if you use a United states postal service money order and the seller frauds you and cashes it. It is considered a federal offence.

    My best advice is to stick with sellers that have a very strong seller rating and stay away from used guns. You don't want to purchase someone elses gun that is malfunctoning. That "good deal" isn't so good when you have to take it to the gunsmith and have it fixed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ksblazer View Post
    I... and stay away from used guns. You don't want to purchase someone elses gun that is malfunctoning. That "good deal" isn't so good when you have to take it to the gunsmith and have it fixed.
    Well, when the firearm that you want is no-longer imported, your options get a little thin. I have yet to find another carry that I like the feel of, let alone fire. I am a bit brand loyal on this one.
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    I've used gunbroker with excellent results. Of course, one should always check budsgunshop.com (which I 've also used with favorable outcome).

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    I've bought and sold, mostly sold, on GunBroker. GB is not the seller--you have to understand that GB, like eBay, is only providing a forum for the transaction to occur. Thus, each buyer should do due diligence on the seller.

    Also, don't use GunPal/GPal for anything. It's looking like a giant Ponzi scheme, and I and lots of others are out lots of money.
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    I have used both Gunbroker and GunsAmerica and had no problems at all. Unfortunately I had a problem with AuctionArms, so I don't recommend them.

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