Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Redcoat3340, Jun 6, 2021.
Anyone have experience doing it and have any hints/guidelines/etc. for doing the transaction?
So, take your trade to the FFL and have it sent to the other person's FFL, and vice versa.
Now judging "value" would be in the eyes of the beholders. Just as it always is.
Pretty sure that it would be seriously illegal to do an undocumented swap ship regardless of what state.
The seller knew the staff and had done prev. business, and Still needed to "prod them" to ship my gun.
But a two-way trade? Would risks of misunderstandings outweigh the benefits?
I agree with Alexander A.
And I can't imagine Each Gun going through Two Different FFLs, never mind dealing with an unknown seller and his store, for two guns.
Having good instincts in a deal like this is pretty important. I've done alot of buying and selling and I understand the distinction of a trade being, a lil different. I have done quite a few trades. I have done trades with people that didn't belong to any forum on FB sites where I couldn't get a vouch in some cases, I just had to go with my gut and so far I've never been burned.
Talking on the phone can be a plus, as you can sort of get a feel for who the person is and how they are. It isn't foolproof though. There is always the possibility of getting burned even with stellar communication and good vibes. Some people are just really good at sleight of hand manipulation.
Explore the opportunity , get a feel for the other guy , trust your radar.
Buying and selling long distance vs. trading really are not much different. #1. - be sure of the person you are dealing with. #2. - be sure of the product(s) you are exchanging. #3. - Use an FFL on both ends that you can trust and is not too expensive for their service. #4. Go with a well known shipper who will provide timely delivery information and a tracking number, AND - insure the package.
It is always reassuring if you can get references for the person(s) you are dealing with that you trust. Comments from people wh have dealt previously with the individual as on a gun-forum, etc. Positive Ebay ratings and comments. References from mutual friends or associates if possible. Ask a lot of questions about the gun and probe the character of your trading partner with meaningful questions. Go with your gut. If possible, have him/her ship first or at least send you evidence of shipping including carrier, date, address to and from, cost, and expected date of delivery. You can assure him/her by sending the same kind of shipping receipt and tracking number.
If it is too much to consider, then find the same gun somewhere where you can eyeball it in person and do a face-to-face transfer. Remember, like buying a car, there is always another one out there somewhere.
I always take very detailed pics, especially of anything that could be viewed as damage . I take pics of the bore also . I want to make sure the other guy can trust me, pics don't lie . If the other person is not willing to do the same I usually walk away . But I also realize I could be passing up a deal of a lifetime just because someone is not willing to do the same, so I sometimes take a chance . Maybe I am too trusting ? I do know I have obtained some fine firearms by trading where I would have never come across if I relied on gun shows or local gun shops.
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