Overcoming the Dangers of Buying Airsoft Gear Online

News March 27, 2017

overcomeWe’ve been listening to your feedback since we launched, and one of the biggest problems mentioned when talking about buying or selling Airsoft stuff online is that you don’t really know who you’re dealing with. We’ve tried to address this with our Social login, which links your Prefired account page with your Facebook account; and whilst many of you thought it was a useful feature to help you get a feel for who you’re trading with, some didn’t think we’d gone far enough.

With this in mind we’ve tried to improve the safety of the site still further, and have developed a couple of features to help make Prefired the safest place to sell your Airsoft gear!

User Feedback & Review System

When buying or selling used Airsoft gear through forums and Facebook groups, there isn’t really an easy or reliable way to check out someone’s past trading history.  Yeah ok, you can search Facebook groups to see if there’s anything about them there, or ask around on forums, but it’s a pain and not very likely to yield results either.

It’s a problem we’ve looked to address with our Feedback and review system. You can now leave feedback whether you were buying or selling for any Prefired member, simply go to a members profile page and click the “Leave feedback” button.

User Feedback
An Example user profile showing feedback

With this feature you can build up your own feedback rating to give other users more confidence that you’re a trustworthy person to deal with.

If somebody wants to check you out beforehand, you can simply direct them to your Prefired profile page to view all your great feedback!

User verification

Another concern many of you have expressed is being conned or ripped-off online, with no way to contact the other party if things go wrong. Forum users can simply disappear, never to log in again, and Facebook accounts that seem legit can turn out to be either dummy or people can just block you.

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Example of a verified users profile.

In an attempt to smooth out these potential pitfalls we’re introducing user ID verification.

You can find out more and verify your profile here.

Age and VCR Defence Status

In addition to confirming users identities, it has been requested that we verify that they are over 18 and have a defence under the VCR act. With that in mind we will confirm a user’s age during verification, and have added the option to upload proof of Airsoft skirmishing defence at the same time. The user’s defence status and age status will then be displayed in their profiles, and elsewhere on the site to quickly give you an indication of the eligibility of the user you’re trading with.

By verifying your profile, you give buyers reassurance that you are real, your name and address have been recorded, and a preliminary check of your Airsoft defence has been made.

You can find out more and verify your profile here.

Thanks for your Support

As you can see we’re trying to build a site to cater to the needs of the UK Airsoft community. We want to make Airsoft trading as safe and effective as we can make it, but we need your help and support to do it.

All of the changes since launch have been driven by your suggestions and comments so thank you. We’ve built the site as best we can to make selling easy and safe, and now we need your help to spread the word. The more of us that sign up, use it and like the Facebook page the faster it will grow and the quicker we will all sell our gear!

As always if you have any questions or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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What to do if you fall victim to an Airsoft Scam

Prefired.com March 23, 2017

Scammers seem to have become aware of the Airsoft community lately, with a noticeable increase in reports of people being conned on social media, forums etc. They’ve obviously worked out that the value of  used Airsoft guns is fairly high, and they could stand to make a fair bit of money from us.

It seems that the current method is to sell an item to an unsuspecting buyer and trick them into using the unprotected “Friends and Family” PayPal option to send the money. The item probably doesn’t exist either, as in many cases the auction text and images are being stolen from elsewhere on the net. The seller never sends the item and then uses misdirection to avoid paying back the money when it doesn’t arrive.

If you’ve fallen victim to one of these people there’s no shame in it. Scammers have got their tricks down to a fine art, and make themselves appear as legitimate as possible.

Frustrating as it may seem, there’s is almost no point whatsoever trying to bring the scammers to justice.  They are most likely using a fake or stolen identity which along with anonymising internet IP services and bogus email addresses will make it difficult, if not impossible to track them down. Scammers cover their tracks very well.

So If you get scammed when buying Airsoft stuff online what can you do? Here are a few tips to help recover your money if the unthinkable actually happens to you.

Call your Bank or Credit Card Company IMMEDIATELY if  you suspect that you’ve been scammed

Why not contact PayPal first you may ask? Well, we’ll get to that in the next section, but the best chance of recovering your funds is to tell your card issuer what’s happened as soon as possible and ask them to perform a chargeback. There are unfortunately no guarantees that your bank will be able to recover the money through a chargeback,  however we can tell you that it has been used successfully by an Airsofter who was caught out!

If you paid via credit card, and the item was over £100- then things aren’t quite so bad.  UK law, specifically Section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act 1974, says that your credit card company is jointly  liable for any breach of contract or misrepresentation by the retailer or trader for any purchases you make using your credit card. So they should have you covered.

Whilst you should also contact PayPal , you don’t have to wait until you reach a impasse with them before you contact your credit card provider – you can make a claim to both PayPal and the credit card provider simultaneously, although you can’t recover your losses from both.

File a dispute claim with PayPal

Whilst it doesn’t hurt to try this, if you paid by “Friends and Family”  you’re not very likely to get much help from PayPal, as payments made using this option are not eligible for Buyer Protection.

Even if you paid using the goods option you may not fare any better.  We’ve seen conflicting accounts of whether PayPal will cover sales of Airsoft guns via their platform as they do not allow:

“ammunition, firearms, or certain firearm parts or accessories”

So to put it simply, if you bought a RIF via PayPal you’re probably out of luck, but most other items should be fine.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of Cure

It may be stating the obvious, but it is better to avoid being scammed in the first place.  If you follow these simple rules you shouldn’t go far wrong.

  • Don’t pay for any Airsoft items by PayPal “Friends and Family”- no matter what story the seller comes up with.
  • Make sure that the seller’s PayPal name and details match the name they are using to sell the item.
  • Pay by credit card for items over £100- even if you have the money.  It gives you an extra layer of protection.

Check out the seller’s Prefired profile page

  • Do they have any feedback/ a good feedback score?
  • How long have they been a member?
  • Are they verified?
  • Do they have a connected Facebook account?

What are we doing at Prefired to improve security?

You may have noticed the subtle facelift Prefired had earlier in the week.  This was part of a larger update to the site behind the scenes which included some security updates and new features.  We have added a new reporting button at the bottom of each ad listing, this makes it easy for you to report a suspect listing or problem directly from the listing itself.

This is the new report button – If you see something say something!

The other new security measure we’ve added is image watermarking.  As the scammers are stealing people’s ad images from platforms around the internet, Prefired now watermarks your uploaded images with your username to make life a bit harder for them.  We don’t want them stealing all our user’s pictures now do we!

Prefired already has a user verification and user feedback system in place to help protect you from bad sellers so please use them!  If you buy or sell an item please leave your trading partner feedback and help make things safer for everyone.

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Get Fired Up! – Join Our Facebook Group!

News, Prefired.com September 9, 2016

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Hi guys, please come and join our new Airsoft group!  Fired Up replaces the original discussion forums on Prefired.com but is open to all Airsofters whether they’re Prefired members or not. We’re aiming to build a great community, and as you’re all on Facebook it seemed to be a better fit than the in-built site forums! Please share the group and help make it a success!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/ukfiredup

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Get your free downloadable target here!

Prefired.com September 8, 2016

targetDownload this free paper target to hone your skills on the range, or run target shooting comps with your Airsoft buddies!  If you’re as lousy a shot as us you need all the help you can get!

Hit the download link below:-

Download free paper target

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Win a MultiCam Fast Helmet- Winner announcement!

Prefired.com September 6, 2016

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THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED!

The winner of our Fast helmet comp is Mr C.Fearn- If this is you we’ll be getting in touch to get your postal address shortly!

Up for grabs is a brand-new replica fast helmet! All you have to do for your chance to win is sign up for a Prefired.com account, then press the button below to enter.

Helmet Features:

  • Lightweight, hard shell design
  • Adjustable chin strap
  • Removable and adjustable internal padding
  • Velcro panels on right and left for morale patches, nameplates and IR/Reflective tabs
  • Fits Head circumference 56-61cm (22-24 inch) , please measure your head before entering the competition!

Once you have entered the comp you can increase your chances of winning by completing the extra bonus entries- post an ad and you can claim another 5 entries!  The winner will be drawn next week and will be notified by email- Good Luck!

To keep up to date with this and future competitions, Like us on Facebook  or join our new Fired Up Airsoft group

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August Update and New Features

News August 24, 2016

Embed video in your adsHi everyone, as the site is now two weeks old we thought it’d be a good time to give you a little update.  We’ve had a fair number of ads placed, and a few sales, and we’d like to say a big thank you to all that have posted ads so far.  The more people that get behind the site the easier it will be to sell your items- so share the site and tell your mates!

We’ve been listening to Airsofters feedback about the site, and  have a few big changes in the works based on what you guys have been saying.  We’re not ready to go on those yet so they’ll have to be kept under wraps for now!  Until then though, we have a mini image and media upgrade!

A picture paints…

We have increased the number of images you can add to your ad listings from 3 to 5, and increased the maximum upload size to cater for all these posh smartphones you guys are using!

New video embed feature for ads.

If you have a video of your Airsoft gun in action, or there is a review of the make and model that you’re selling online, you can now include it to give more information to prospective buyers!  This works in all categories so you can post demo videos of you wearing a loadout for sale etc too.

You can see an example ad with a video here.

Don’t worry, if you’ve already created your Ad you can edit and add the YouTube URL to an existing ad listing as well. Just go to “Manage Ads” from the top menu when logged in and edit the Ad.

That’s all for now folks… More is yet to come.

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Welcome to Prefired- The new way to sell used airsoft gear

Prefired.com August 10, 2016

Up until recently, selling airsoft guns in the UK was a simple matter of posting in a group on social media. That is until the site in question put a stop to the sale of anything remotely gun-shaped.

This left a bit of a vacuum, with most Airsofters, us included having nowhere to sell unwanted RIF’s.  This very real problem has prevented many of us buying more new and shiny kit!  We decided to do something about it, and started work on a solution several months ago.  What we came up with became Prefired.com

Here’s a quick rundown of some of our best features:

Security

  • Industry-standard SSL Encryption
  • Hassle free, secure signup and login using your existing Facebook account

Selling

  • Easily list your items for sale from desktop or mobile devices
  • Add up to five images
  • Our easy to use listing form makes adding item specific information, such as Make, Weapon type etc simple.
  • List by area to appeal to buyers near you
  • Bump your ad every 48hrs

Buying

  • Browse the site by category or…
  • Find what you’re looking for in your local area with our powerful search function
  • Refine search results, by price, make, delivery/collection preferences and more
  • Seller Info box in each ad shows you a map of their general location, any other listings they have, as well as an easy contact form

It’s brand new (so there may be teething trouble!), and it’s a bit empty at the moment, but we hope you’ll give it a try!

If you like Prefired, then please share it with your Airsoft mates, if you don’t, then please tell us.  We have a community forum here on site so please drop by and let us know what we got wrong -or even what we got right!

 

Next Steps:  Learn how to Sell on Prefired



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  • Welcome to Prefired- The new way to sell used airsoft gear

    by on August 10, 2016 - 0 Comments

    Up until recently, selling airsoft guns in the UK was a simple matter of posting in a group on social media. That is until the site in question put a stop to the sale of anything remotely gun-shaped. This left a bit of a vacuum, with most Airsofters, us included having nowhere to sell unwanted RIF’s.  This […]

  • What to do if you fall victim to an Airsoft Scam

    by on March 23, 2017 - 0 Comments

    Scammers seem to have become aware of the Airsoft community lately, with a noticeable increase in reports of people being conned on social media, forums etc. They’ve obviously worked out that the value of  used Airsoft guns is fairly high, and they could stand to make a fair bit of money from us. It seems that […]

  • Overcoming the Dangers of Buying Airsoft Gear Online

    by on March 27, 2017 - 0 Comments

    We’ve been listening to your feedback since we launched, and one of the biggest problems mentioned when talking about buying or selling Airsoft stuff online is that you don’t really know who you’re dealing with. We’ve tried to address this with our Social login, which links your Prefired account page with your Facebook account; and […]

  • Get your free downloadable target here!

    by on September 8, 2016 - 1 Comments

    Download this free paper target to hone your skills on the range, or run target shooting comps with your Airsoft buddies!  If you’re as lousy a shot as us you need all the help you can get! Hit the download link below:- Download free paper target

  • Get Fired Up! - Join Our Facebook Group!

    by on September 9, 2016 - 0 Comments

      Hi guys, please come and join our new Airsoft group!  Fired Up replaces the original discussion forums on Prefired.com but is open to all Airsofters whether they’re Prefired members or not. We’re aiming to build a great community, and as you’re all on Facebook it seemed to be a better fit than the in-built site forums! […]