Many, many BladeForums brethren adhere to these humble suggestions instinctively-- in fact, I'm mindful of my past VERY POSITIVE transactions with them in the past in creating this thread because the way we consummated our dealings usually followed this exact path. To them, and many others, some of this may seem like..."Well, duhhh...tell us something we didn't already know!" However, I've noticed an influx of new blood on the Exchange recently and <maybe> they need <a little> guidance on "how a deal ought to go down." This is in no way intended to be exhaustive, one size fits all, dogmatic, or preachy on my behalf. Just a starting point. A sort of checklist for Exchange pilgrims. Please add to/subtract from/offer suggestions as your experience moves you to. I like to think of a successful DEAL as a series of 7 "turns" between the two parties: 1. SELLER: posts sales thread with concise & accurate written description, simple & clearly stated terms, clear photos of crucial areas <pivot, spine, edge, blade centering, lock-up, blemishes, etc.>, and all-inclusive prices. 2. BUYER: posts an "I'll take it!" in thread and starts Conversation <what used to be Private Messages a.k.a. PM's> with SELLER requesting PayPal <or similar> info. 3. SELLER: responds to Conversation with payment info. <Goods & Services ONLY, if PayPal is your favored medium of exchange!!!> 4. BUYER: sends funds immediately and confirms that his/her shipping address is accurate and up to date via Conversation. 5. SELLER: immediately confirms receipt of funds and provides BUYER with notification of actual shipping date and tracking info via Conversation, and then ships item, with tracking, promptly on date promised. 6. BUYER: takes delivery of item and notifies SELLER that everything was kosher by means of Conversation or leaving positive feedback on the Exchange <preferably BOTH>. 7. SELLER: reciprocates with positive feedback-- and additionally, a personal Conversation is also ideal. DEAL IS DONE! ...at this point, if both parties are satisfied, the SELLER can close the thread. As I said, post up any suggestions-- thanks for your time and my wish is that this may help a few members make an already GREAT place even GREATER!