Still trying to figure out the scam... I don't think the average scam artist is looking for Contender's items... they want money.... electronically and it sounds like they were trying to figure out a squirrelly way to pay....
I think you went above & beyond trying to be reasonable & accommodate the buyer. The first thing I thought when I read you first post was if it doesn't feel right it probably isn't. I believe you handled it about as well as you could. You went out of your way to try to make the deal happen.
Thanks to all here who responded & confirmed my feelings, as well as the fishy way the guy wanted to pay.
He wanted to pay with a card, over the phone, and have me ship immediately. All at the PO. He wanted my stuff, but his methods of trying to pay weren't normal. I tried & tried to get him to just buy the m/o and mail it to me, but he didn't want to wait for his payment method to clear.
That Forum admins have been made aware of things, and it's up to them what happens next. I'm not out anything but time trying to help a guy get something he wanted.
I tried,,, but he failed.
I know this is an older post, but another option is to have the buyer's ffl hold the firearm until you receive payment and it clears. Money orders and cashier's checks aren't any better than a personal check. I still hold them 5 days before shipping.