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Getting shells shipped over from Guinea (avoiding scams!)

Posted: Sun Mar 29, 2015 2:44 pm
by Crispy
Hi All,

I've been talking to a carver in Conakry who makes beautiful drums. We've come to a pretty good deal, but I'm a little uneasy with the way he wants to be paid. The only method he will accept is a Western Union transfer of the full amount upfront, before he ships the drums. He has no bank account, I can't use Paypal. I'm struggling to shoehorn some buyer protection into the deal, but it's proved a fruitless search for solutions so far.

I'm convinced that the drums at least exist - he's pretty prompt with sending photos of details that I specify. And the drums are freaking beautiful! His name is Alseny Camara, in case anybody has direct experience with him. My gut instinct is to trust him, but it's a lot of money and if I could only do this deal on a safer platform, I'd be a lot happier!

Cheers,
Crispy

Re: Getting shells shipped over from Guinea (avoiding scams!

Posted: Sat Jun 13, 2015 4:10 pm
by Crispy
It can be done!

Proper photos coming soon, but here's a sneak peek.

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Re: Getting shells shipped over from Guinea (avoiding scams!

Posted: Mon Jun 29, 2015 3:44 pm
by drtom
Hey Crispy,

Sorry I couldn't help you with this either way. Did it work out for you?