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Old 23 Feb 2009, 12:23   #11 (permalink)
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Thinking of trading about 60-70 worth of stuff with a guy in the UK. His karma is "+29/-1." Can looking at karma help a bit when trying to judge reliability? Sorry about posting in an fairly old topic.
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Old 28 Mar 2009, 07:30   #12 (permalink)
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I have few things to add to some of the great advice already listed.


Shipping Security Options

For domestic shipping you always want to pay for Delivery Confirmation. If you are using a commercial shipping company such as UPS or FedEx this is usually already included by them and they will have tracking numbers that will be given to follow the package through their websites. For Unites States Postal Service(and as far as I know for most other National postal services) this is an option you need to request when shipping. For Delivery Confirmation in the US it costs 75 cents. Always pay for this and make sure if you are trading that your trading partner choose this options as well.

This gives you proof of shipment should any problems arise and protects you should anyone claim they have not received their package. You will also not be responsible for reimburse should the package be lost. The postal service will have to reimburse them for losing the package.

Delivery Confirmation also provides a tracking number for the package so your trading/ selling partner can follow the package in transit. In short, if both parties chose this option everyone will be more secure and kept up to date on where their package is and when it will arrive.

Another thing to note with USPS(as well as UPS and FedEx) is that the tracking numbers will usually take about 24 hours(sometimes 48 hours even) to be updated. So don't freak out if you check it right away and they have no information for the tracking number.

Insurance can also be a good option and it's something you may want to discuss with your trading partner. Rather than going in to the details of shipping insurance I'll refer you to MalVeaux's post above in this thread.


Packing Your Items Securely

This is something that people sometimes overlook. It's easy to grab a random box around your house and think it's ok to ship but that's not always the case and most people expect their items to arrive well packaged to prevent damage in transit.

What to use and what not to use:

Do not ship in your spare 40k boxes. They are thin and very prone to being crushed by larger, heavier boxes that may be included in the postal truck in transit.

Also, as a general rule do not ship in boxes that were previously used for any sort of other product that lists that product on the outside of the box. This goes for computer or any other electronic equipment, etc. Even if the box is sturdy enough to ship in you need to buy packing paper and wrap the box.

This prevents people from knowing or assuming what is in your box. You don't want anyone walking past your house or apartment to see a box that is labeled as a DVD player and take off with your models thinking they just stole a DVD player to discover some odd plastic figures they will no doubt toss in the nearest dumpster.


Generally speaking, cardboard boxes are the best thing to use. As I stated, if they have any sort of print on the outside, wrap them in packing paper. If they are plain brown cardboard, they should be fine. If you don't have any good shipping boxes on hand you can purchase shipping boxes from your local grocery store for very cheap; usually for less than $3.
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Old 28 Mar 2009, 07:51   #13 (permalink)
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Can looking at karma help a bit when trying to judge reliability?
I say no, not at all. My karma is terrible but I don't screw people over.

Not intentionally, anyway. I overcharged for shipping a couple times but I try to make up for it.
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Old 28 Mar 2009, 21:59   #14 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Lieffen Hal
Thinking of trading about 60-70 worth of stuff with a guy in the UK. His karma is "+29/-1." Can looking at karma help a bit when trying to judge reliability? Sorry about posting in an fairly old topic.
It can help to be a guide, but as Sid pointed out, not all good traders have a high karma ranking. But in general someone with alot of karma is someone who puts alot of time and effort into being productive on the website, and probably isn't the type of person who's looking to come in a scam a few models and disappear from the website.

That said, I wouldn't use karma as your main guide, check the successful trades list to see their trade history and you can always PM me to ask any questions about possible trades.
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Old 29 Mar 2009, 14:49   #15 (permalink)
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@Cadaver - you've said it all. And thanks...

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