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Just a suggestion? If we're talking BIG ticket money here, several hundred bux I guess, it might be an interesting idea to "broker" the deal with some 3rd party known to both, trusted by both. He takes in both money order/whatever (to actual seller) and the knife, inspects, passes everything along if it all looks good. If there's *any* glitches either way, he EMails both parties and it gets sorted out.
This would increase shipping costs, and the "broker" should get a minimum $20 or so fee, maybe more. I wonder if James Mattis, or mebbe Spark would be interested in doing something like that? Either would do fine, there's other people here I'd trust too, like Walter Welch...I canNOT due to insecure mail delivery.
Come to think, due to laws that's pretty close to how FFLs help handle gun deals. You could maybe use a local FFL at a gun shop with a good rep to pull the same basic idea? Only glitch there is they couldn't do it for autos unless you were a qualified buyer. The legalities of "brokering" autos even for a mostly "private" broker could be hairy.
Another idea (originally pioneered by Earl and knifeforums) is for the forum to have "registered sellers" with all personal contact info banked by the forum, mostly eliminating the "fly by night" syndrome. That's how the "casino" works on deals upwards of $500.
I haven't personally done a private party deal. I've had zero problems with dealers, custom makers or other craftsmen.
THANKS FOR YOUR INPUT JIM.I HAVE SOLD SEVERAL GUNS THRU THE NET.ON THOSE SALES I INSISTED ON POSTAL MONEY ORDERS FOR PAYMENT.IF THERE IS ANYTHING IMPROPER IN THE DEAL YOU HAVE A POSSIBLE FRAUD CHARGE PENDING.......
I had this same problem when I was selling one of my knives for just under $300. Well, the guy I was selling it to suggested the we do it Via certified COD. The basics are, you go to the post office and tell them you would like to send something COD. They will give you a form to fill out and about a $10 fee for the service. Then you send the thing your selling and the person who is buying it doesn't get it until they put up the cash for it. Then if everything goes well. He gets his "insert item sold her" and then the $$$ gets mailed back to you.
This worked fine for me and I'm sure it has for alot of other people.
Also, If I have made any errors in explaining this then would someone please correct me.