I do the first parts of my deals thru PMs so there is a written record. If they do not respond to PMs, I figure something is wrong.I’ve had a similar incident on 24 hr Campfire but over a $2200 Blaser rifle, and I didn’t have a phone number (and he was in Maine). I ended up getting the gun eventually and didn’t trash his reputation on the message board. He’s tried to sell me a couple more guns since, and I told him flat out he sucked as a seller.
If you’re still just relying on PM and haven’t reached out via call or text, in my opinion, this is partly on you. Not every gets on to check PM’s regularly, but most everyone lives and dies by their cell phone.
dlbleak was very helpful, a stand up guy in my book. As a moderator his concern was for the members of this site and has their back as much as he can if there is any shady business. So I say thank you Mr. dlbleak in your effort to see this through.