Is it alright to ask just some general questions here about private deals? My first such was in March '08, despite my middle age. I've made several small deals on the Internet, from a nice Mini 30, down to small groups of items such as 50 rds. ammo, ammo dies and cases, etc, and dealt easily with about five different people. Within a day of Thanksgiving, sent the required cashier's check to the seller (and a pm), who had stated that he would be out of town hunting for several days. He seems to have made a number of deals with other people after checking his nickname on Google, and appears to be both experienced and reliable, earning very good reports.