In the interest of keeping the BST safe, fair, and for all members to be fully informed in making their trading decisions here the mods would like to issue the following alert:
All members should be aware that there have been recent instances of banned members re-registering with new accounts and participating on the BST. These members have been banned specifically for BST misuse and failing to complete transactions. The mods are doing everything in our power to uncover and investigate these re-registrations quickly, but please be advised that such accounts are subject to immediate banning without regard to the status of any active BST transactions.
The thread recently posted by member drewmac describes an example of this having occurred and the unfortunate consequences.
As such, we recommend members consider potential BST purchases and trades with members that they are unfamiliar with, who approach you unsolicited or "off the record"; or have low post counts very carefully. The vast majority of activity here remains safe and honest, and although we understand this admonition may cause newer and unfamiliar BSTers increased scrutiny from potential buyers, we believe our members' safety and the integrity of the BST to be the most important consideration. Traders may wish to consider exchanging phone numbers and verifying information as necessary. Furthermore, we remind all members that the vast majority of a users' posts should be in the topic areas of the forum and that excessive use of the BST may be seen as a "red flag."
The BST remains a "buyer beware" forum and as always, we encourage users to be vigilant and weigh price, reputation, and "gut instinct" when considering any purchase. If any user has questions or concerns about pending transactions, please do not hesitate to contact a moderator.
Thanks for your understanding,
-Pat (on behalf of the B&B moderation team)