Just got my first bid on an item I have listed. Checked his feedback. 0 feedback and member since May 2007. His email address is a little scary. Don't know if I can list it here without violating and AA policies. I know we all start off with 0. As long as he follows all AA directions regaring FFL's etc. I should have no problems??
We run all of our new users through a security process so they should be good to go. I'd be intersted in why their email address was off-putting. You can email me directly at email@example.com. I'd be happy to look into it for you.
OK, Marcus, let's play devil's advocate....................IF, as you say, you run ALL new users through a security process, why, oh why, are there so many bidders that win auctions on the very day they joined AA, and then instantly become deadbeats? Is the security process run by Homeland Security? All kidding aside, perhaps there should be a bit tighter procedure to run new members through, though I do not know what that may be.
Petesguns makes a good point. As a new member here all I needed was a valid (throw away) email addy and a phone # (could have been anyones). This isn't Ebay...and we're not dealing with fuzzy wuzzy stuffed animals. The items sold here are very heavily regulated and it's important to know who you're dealing with. The feedback system works well when feedback is present...when dealing with triple 000's there's no way to know if you're wasting your time. I just had a 0-0-0 deadbeat kill one of my auctions and it's no fun! I don't like the bid screening system because no new folks would ever get the opportunity to become active buyers and sellers.
Perhaps the new folks should be required to provide a credit card that would be charged the auction costs if they don't follow through with the sale? This wouldn't have made me think twice about registering...I was actually surprized at how little info was required before I was able to start bidding. Tyler
I ended up on AA because I was looking for a particular rifle & via google found a sellers listing. I registered, confirmed email, then immediately clicked the sellers buy it now. Had the seller chosen to remove/disregard my buy it now, he would lose the sale & have to wait for another buyer, & I would have been very disappointed in not being able to buy it.
Hmm.. maybe my email isn't scary.
Shuffs Parkerizing, We certainly have a way for you to block non-feedback buyers, try listing an auction and selecting the special services "Bidder Screening" option.
While we do a thorough screening of all new users to detect and deny previous deadbeats, bogus phone numbers etc. (and other proprietary methods we don't discuss) We've yet to determine a way to determine moral stature on-line. Since all users start at 0-0-0 feedback we give each new user a chance to earn their spurs. If they do deadbeat a sale, they are gone.