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    Buying Online

    I was wondering how widespread this issue is becoming. I am hearing a lot of people reporting that guns they ordered online have been "lost in shipping." And we're not talking private sales from GunBroker, but sales from dealers who have a good reputation. Has this happened to anyone on here?

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    I ordered my AR on line and the experience was fine overall; except for the wait time. I went through a dealer with a good reputation though. I'd never order anything from GunBroker or any other "private" sale over the internet. Way too risky. Guess it just goes to prove to saying of "Buyer Beware" and might give people more incentive to buy from a local shop, even if it is a few buck more.

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    It is always a risk, but you can decrease the risk by checking references, getting shipping tracking #s having local FFL call and confirm shipping date.
    Basicly letting all parties involved that you are aware involved and not a passive sheep at will allow anything to happen. They want to make money but the don't want a hellraiser hounding them.

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    Most guns I've heard this happening to have been replaced promptly. It appears the guns are vanishing in shipping somewhere around the docks of UPS or FedEX. So I'm wondering about theft by the shipping employees.

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    Never bought a gun online, but I've ordered countless stuff from eBay and other places that weren't auction style. I've had a few that never showed up...fortunately they weren't expensive, but anytime you order something online, pay for the insurance. Before you purchase, contact the seller and be 100% positive they will provide you with a tracking number. Also, if and when you ever return something for a refund, GET DELIVERY CONFIRMATION. It costs a bit extra, but if you have the confirmation number, you can see if it's been delivered, where, and exactly what time. And if the delivery requires a signature, they will provide the signee's last name. That way, if someone tries to BS you and say they never got it, shove the confirmation number in their face. QuickbrickMotorsports out of Cincinatti sold me a replacement set of endlinks after my first set from them broke. I was promised a 25% discount off the second set after they received the first set. Confirmation says they received it on Nov. 28, and after repeated emails, nothing. The woman might think she's scamming me out of $60, but what she did not know is that I will not let something like this slide, and being that I'm a mere 2 hours away, I will be making a determined stop in Cincinatti very soon. I'll spend almost that much in gas, but it's not the money I'm concerned about. She lied to me about the deal, and I will be printing the emails out and slamming them on her desk in the near future. I was cordial for the first five contacts...the sixth will not be so.

    Online purchasing can be very rewarding if done properly, but always remember there are scammers out there. And, like most people, they'll get real cute and sneaky with you until you show up at their front door.

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    Sucklead, I think that the name of the shop that the weapon is being shipped to, is a possible contributing factor in these thefts. Federal regs prevent most packages from being externally marked "Firearm" or "Handgun", but if the Ship To address is Billy Bob's Gun Emporium and its a package of a certain size/shape, then even a relatively dense thief might be able to put two and two together...

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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ Niner View Post
    Sucklead, I think that the name of the shop that the weapon is being shipped to, is a possible contributing factor in these thefts. Federal regs prevent most packages from being externally marked "Firearm" or "Handgun", but if the Ship To address is Billy Bob's Gun Emporium and its a package of a certain size/shape, then even a relatively dense thief might be able to put two and two together...
    That's our basic thought, too. It is worrying, though. I'd be far too afraid to mail a gun.

    BTW, if I ever open a gun store, Billy Bob's Gun Emporium will be the name. LOL!

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    I have had one item not show and I rode the parties A** till
    im sure he wanted to come up from the Keys to Kc and deal w/me but
    I got my purchase.

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    i bought my first handgun online from a seller on gunbroker and it was easy, hassle free, and got a great price.

    just make sure you have a reliable seller and a trustworthy dealer to have it sent to, you should be ok.

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    I have bought and sold many handguns online. I order from reputable sellers like Buds Gun shop and Reds Trading Post. I also buy from GunBroker from people with good ratings.

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