(last updated on 5/8/2009)
For the ultimate in safety when making your purchase, you should consider using an online escrow service. An escrow service holds the buyer's money until the buyer receives and inspects the item. Once the item is inspected, payment is released to the seller. If there is a problem with the item, the buyer can reject the item and return it to the seller. Upon receipt of the item by the seller, the buyer's money will be refunded.
Many escrow services will not handle firearm transactions. Here is a (very) short list of escrow services that are known to handle firearm transactions:
Tradiator.com: When Escrow is used, payment is sent to Tradiator instead of the Seller, to hold until the buyer receives the item and is satisfied with it. Also offers auction dispute resolution and mediation services. Click here to visit the Tradiator Web site.