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Rant.....Will Post / Won't Post / May Post !!!!! Possible Idea For Sales Threads?

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by snakeman, Feb 28, 2014.

  1. snakeman

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    Hi All,

    Bit of a rant here, but please bare with me.

    I am getting pretty frustrated with finding great items for sale (on here and other similar forums), that just happen to be 200-300 miles up country....and the seller won't post the item(s).


    Don't get me wrong, i'm not having a go at anyone here, but the beauty of forums like this is the ability to find exactly what you are looking for, contact the seller/buyer, do a deal and let the postal service / courier sort out the rest.


    Basically, i only ride a motorbike, so doing a face to face deal (on a rifle for example) is a bit difficult to say the least, no matter what the distance.

    So, my point is, would it be possible for people to simply add the words 'Will Post', 'Won't Post' or 'May Post' to the title of their thread ??.......to save people like me having to trawl through numerous 'face to face' or 'Collection Only' ads?

    There's nothing worse than finding the perfect gun, at a great price......only to find that it's 100's of miles away and the seller won't post it!!
    I appreciate that some of these items are worth a lot of money, and it's every sellers right not to post........but i think a lot of members on here just want to find it, buy it and receive it throught the post........apologies in advance if i'm the minority here.

    .....Sorry to go on, but just a thought...genuinly interested in your thoughts

    Dave
     
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  2. Elk hunter

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    Many wish a face to face transaction because you can verifi the age of the buyer and not everyone has or wishes to do PayPal. There is buyer protection in f2f you are getting what you payed for and not a bag of bits.

    Then there's the post Ofice issues. Let's not go there.
    And to finish it of the seller does not have to package the item and post/RFD/courier it's all hassle.

    Andrew
     
  3. NorfolkDave

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    I think the suggestion is to put in the thread title if you are willing to post or not, good idea if you put the location as well. It will save people having to trawl through threads that won't ever come to anything. Personally I do not read threads with a title that says "good deal" or "bargain" or "just a thought". I simply don't have the time, most of the time. If it says what's a .25 stealth like?, I know I can input or it will be of interest to me and will have a look.

    Dave
     
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    I think pure cyclist users are minimal so it's hard to accomadate for minority, and you can't economically post alot of items, especially air rifles, personally I hate posting air rifles as it just adds anxiety to the deal. I've had someone buy a rifle off me on a motorbike, tomorrow I'm going to drive 5hours all round for a rifle as it feels like the right thing to do. It's a case of each buyer being flexible, but alot stick by their values.
    Also putting posted or collected in the title wouldn't do much as You'd still have to see where they are.
    Tom
     
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  5. whitevanman574

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    why!!!!!!!!! I have and many do on here gun slips that are a rucksack approach on the sling , bike riders can carry them no problems .............
     
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  6. Truckcab79

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    It wouldn't do any harm to add it to the thread (although as a seller I wouldn't ideally put anything on that might put off potential buyers before they'd even read the ad), but I think you're probably in the minority of people who want it. To be honest if I'm looking to buy something (guns or otherwise), then I'll look at all the ads that seem relevant and make a decision on what I'm willing to pay based on how much it will cost me to travel to get it. So far that means that I've done one 350 mile round trip, two postals, and one RFD. All were the right way to do it at the time on balance of cost v time, and what they buyer was willing to do. If you don't want to do that then I think you have to accept that you'll miss out on some deals, or will just have to wait longer for it to come up local to you.

    Regarding the bike issue I can't see any problem with breaking the gun into stock and action and putting it in a rucksack or strapped to the bike. Saves space and looks less gun-like.
     
  7. tomsteebs

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    Not to be too judgemental but-
    Also it's your 2nd post and your on the subject of sales and the make up of the section etc...
    So at least 50% of your time is to do with sales....
     
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    This^^^
    Also as a seller it will make a difference who the purchaser is whether you think its safe to post or not.
    Cheers Andy
     
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    +1 I carry FACs on my bike if I'm out shooting or picking up from a distance. I have been stopped a couple of times but just showed my FAC and away you go.
     
  10. essex sniper

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    I only do face to face so then everyone is happy. When iv been asked to post and iv said I will at your risk so when it turns up and your not happy or its broken or it doesnt turn up at all thats down to you they change their mind ...but I can see why your frustrated but I think you either got to except it or be willing to take the risk and tell the buyer anything wrong you will except it
     
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    Techically its no different posting a rifle to anything other than the service used. They are insured the same so you just have to claim it if it is damaged or lost.

    But I share your lack of drive to post, I post by royal mail insured or rfd transfer, don't like parcelforce as much....
     
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  12. whitevanman574

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    I think everyone should meet if possible
     
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    I agree but my problem isnt so much the courier its the buyer .one mans mint isnt another .I mite see something as a tiny mark and they mite not and theres always something so I stick to face to face atb
     
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    Just to throw a spanner in the works here, I have made a purchase off this forum recently. It was face to face, I got the gun home and over the next 24 hrs the gun leaked it's air. It was a touch annoying to say in the least and the sellers initial reaction was let's say poor. In the end I got some of my money refunded to pay to have it fixed, I still have it and it has been much improved, but still leaks, over about four days it will empty it's cylinder. I'm stuck with (in my opinion) an unsaleable gun, so it doesn't always work. Feedback is the answer here, but I have to admit I haven't left a negative for this seller, because I feel I will get a -1 as a retaliatory gesture.

    Dave
     
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    I'm sure the mods will help you out, you have to be truthfull to the sales goings on
     
  16. essex sniper

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    not being funny mate and I do feel for you the seller should of told you it was leaking but I think you have to expect things like this when buying second hand .thats why I either buy new or from someone I no .atb
     
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    A leak can happen at any time though so new or used wouldn't effect this imo.

    But I have an incling that this is a bsa spitfire? So probs not the easiest to fix yourself
     
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    I bought my complete pcp set up last spring inc bottle from someone living in South Wales, I live in Kent and we decided to meet half way (300 mile round trip for each of us) and both sides ended up satisfied with the deal. I'm glad I was satisfied spending £60 on fuel and six hours in the car...!! In this case it would have been difficult to post the amount of stuff included.
     
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    It's not a spitfire. I'm not going to get into the specifics. In the last year I have received a damaged gun in the post, which I have had repaired at my expense, an over powered PCP, along with the one above it has left a very nasty taste in my mouth and my decision has been made that if it can be bought new, that's how I will do it from now on. If it's a collectable, then you takes the risk and lives with the consequences.

    Dave
     
  20. essex sniper

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    thats how I think mate....theres to many untrustworthy people out there atb
     

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