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Life members with one post?
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USA Duane Hall
(hikerduane) - F

Locale: Extreme northern Sierra Nevada
Life members with one post? on 10/16/2013 08:58:33 MDT Print View

Should I pursue a item for sale from a Life BPL member with only the one post? Pricey item too boot. Hmmm?

John Myers
(dallas) - F - MLife

Locale: North Texas
Re: Life members with one post? on 10/16/2013 09:04:10 MDT Print View

Good question.

The fact that he would pay $100 to post an item for sale helps some.

Your question to him helps to see if he actually has the item, but see if he will at least post some photos of it.

But the risk factor is higher.


Marc Kokosky
(mak52580) - F

Locale: Washington, DC Area
Re: Re: Life members with one post? on 10/16/2013 09:15:27 MDT Print View

Maybe the item is overpriced to help him cover the cost of his Life membership lol.

Seriously though, if he's willing to shell out $100 then I'd assume he's good to go.

Maybe he needed to sell something, came across this site in a Google search, thought it was the bees knees, bought a Life membership and threw the item up for sale with full intention of participating.

If you're worried about his reputation as a seller, you could always ask for his eBay user name and check his feedback. Otherwise, I'd just rely on gut instinct.

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: The Deep Frreze
Re: Re: Re: Life members with one post? on 10/16/2013 09:17:29 MDT Print View

He could just be a lurker, I read somewhere that only 5% of BPL members actively pst.

David Olsen

Locale: Steptoe Butte
Re: Life members with one post? on 10/16/2013 09:24:21 MDT Print View

Have him send some sort of recommendation from another member?

Lance Stalnaker
1 post on 10/16/2013 09:28:36 MDT Print View

I have more than one post, but do not post a whole lot. I find that I can find the answers I am looking for by doing a search, and often I have nothing further to add, although I will contribute from time to time, I would think is he spends the $100 you should be alright. Not everyone out there likes to post.

Yair Mazor
(HarmonicWave) - F
I think this is a fair estimate on 10/16/2013 09:29:35 MDT Print View

The vast majority of this community is constituted from passive readers (me being one of them.. oops..)

Max Dilthey
(mdilthey) - M

Hmm... on 10/16/2013 10:12:06 MDT Print View

The fact that so many people see a life membership as a reason he's ok makes me think there's a chance he got the life membership to make himself seem believable so he could swindle someone.

Just playing devil's advocate, no offense meant to anyone. But be careful.

Justin McCabe

Locale: Southern California
Re: Life members with one post? on 10/16/2013 10:33:26 MDT Print View

I concur with the general sentiment that if he dropped $100 on a lifetime membership, you should be good to do business with them. But there were also good suggestions such as getting their ebay username and using general caution.

David Thomas
(DavidinKenai) - MLife

Locale: North Woods. Far North.
Tongue in cheek on 10/16/2013 10:39:01 MDT Print View

The norm for buying your child back from a kidnapper is first getting a photo of them with a recent newspaper headline. Pity to spend all that money if they're, er, already dead. Maybe a similar approach could be used for nervous gear buyers?

Valerie E
(Wildtowner) - M

Locale: Grand Canyon State
You Know What They Say About Food... on 10/16/2013 11:00:51 MDT Print View

The rule for food is, "If in doubt, throw it out"... ;~)

But seriously, if you're uncomfortable, don't do it. I believe we often have the right "gut feelings". Another item will always come along, or you could post a WTB to help get the process going.

I'm a big believer in feedback, but -- that said -- someone on here had to take a chance with me when I sold my first item...and I'm glad Ed did!

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: PNW
Re: Life members with one post? on 10/16/2013 11:57:36 MDT Print View

He's got a photo of himself in his avatar. He's got PMs set up.

I'd buy, if I was interested, without a second thought.

Dena Kelley

Locale: Eagle River, Alaska
"Life members with one post?" on 10/16/2013 12:05:15 MDT Print View

And just as an aside- post count doesn't make someone trustworthy either. Another forum I was on had a guy that put months into building up a post count and also sold some things honestly and he even went to one get-together and met people in person. Then he completely changed tactics and made a bunch of fraudulent sales (never sent the goods) and then faked his death. Had his "daughter" create an account and post up that he'd had a heart attack. Only he hadn't and his "daughter" was him. I kid you not. Turns out he had done that on multiple forums and had quite the reputation. He had a long con in operation.

So I guess my basic point is that every sale/purchase is a risk. I've had nothing but good experiences so far, personally.

jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
Re: "Life members with one post?" on 10/16/2013 12:13:43 MDT Print View

"every sale/purchase is a risk"

If you send your money to someone, you should mentally write it off

If you never get any product back then it's a life lesson

Stuff bought from individuals should be cheaper to make up for this

Or, maybe you figure it's good to help other people financially. There are PIF gear threads for example.

John Myers
(dallas) - F - MLife

Locale: North Texas
Re: "Life members with one post?" on 10/16/2013 12:17:47 MDT Print View

I guess you could call Ron and see if he sold a tent to the guy.

Marc Kokosky
(mak52580) - F

Locale: Washington, DC Area
PayPal on 10/16/2013 12:47:24 MDT Print View

Forgot to mention that as long as you go through PayPal and pay through Goods and Services, and not Personal/Gift, then you are at least covered under PayPal's buyer protection. I know a lot of us use Personal/Gift (myself included in that list) since I think we are all generally good people, but if you're worried, you can't be too safe.

Also, if you're really worried then ask that he send you a PayPal invoice and you'll have even further evidence in the issue of a dispute.

Also, although I do post, somewhat regularly, I don't post as often as I could. I learned long ago that the Search button is my friend. I'll usually only post a new thread if I honestly haven't found the answer after a significant effort.

Edited by mak52580 on 10/16/2013 12:49:28 MDT.

Mary D
(hikinggranny) - MLife
Life members with one post? on 10/16/2013 12:48:06 MDT Print View

I always use Paypal (commercial, not personal) using my credit card. That gives me at least some protection through both Paypal and the credit card company. It also means the seller doesn't have my credit card number.

Paypal personal provides no protection for the buyer. IMHO, the fee is worth it.

USA Duane Hall
(hikerduane) - F

Locale: Extreme northern Sierra Nevada
Life members with one post? on 10/16/2013 14:09:37 MDT Print View

Sorry I did not reply an hour or more back, my lunch was about over. Thank you all for your thoughts. This is a $500 item, not something I need this winter now, it can wait until Spring. I have the money, my vintage stove acquisition/newer pickup fund. :) You are right about being protected by both Paypal and my credit card.

Ken T.
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: All up in there
Re: Life members with one post? on 10/16/2013 18:03:48 MDT Print View

Then there's -F Troop.

USA Duane Hall
(hikerduane) - F

Locale: Extreme northern Sierra Nevada
Life members with one post? on 10/16/2013 20:06:17 MDT Print View

Item has sold, that was close. The seller did respond to posts to the topic quickly. Now on to a small foot print shelter to replace my new shelter I bought last Spring.
When does that stove auction end? :)