Member Poll: Should we restrict Classified Ads Email Contact Forms to Registered Members only?

All Gun Classifieds at this site, whether you are logged in or not, include an email contact form so people can contact you about your item.

Although we do have a recaptcha system to stop bots, this site does NOT stop potential HUMAN scammers IN the USA from trying to send you junk email using the contact form. Login, share, vote in the poll and leave your local comments on the topic below.

Should we restrict classified ads contact forms that appear below your ads to registered members only?
  • Yes 70%, 7 votes
    7 votes 70%
    7 votes - 70% of all votes
  • No 30%, 3 votes
    3 votes 30%
    3 votes - 30% of all votes
Total Votes: 10
11/20/2018
Only registered users can vote. Login to vote.

Due to scammers discovering our site, only registered members can now use our classifieds

Unfortunately the scammers have found our website and began posting garbage. I guess we can chalk it up to popularity.

Three posts this morning were posted by a non-member that were obviously scams. If you saw the three Glock posts, two from different people in a different location with the same telephone number and stupid low prices, that was them. I’ve deleted the three posts and restricted the post ad form to registered members. Leave your comments and suggestions about the decision below.

Feature your ads, donate and buy ammo from our sponsors to help keep it secure. 🙂

What are Featured Ads? How do they help me sell faster? How do they help fund the site?

Featured Ads at Montana Gun Trader are optional when posting. Featured Ads get better exposure and help fund this free website. Featured Ads are highlighted in gray with red letters and stick to the top of all listings chronologically on the Classifieds Page. Prices for Montana Gun Trader Featured Ads are lower then even the basic posting cost for all of the Montana news media classifieds sites.

Featured Ads also appear below every ad and below the Home Page content. Of course sales boil down to what people are looking for. But when photos are added to catch visitor attention, featured ads typically receive five times the traffic as regular ads! Click Post Ad and select the option you want. Complete the transaction through PayPal using an account or by credit card. Don’t have anything to sell but still want to help fund the site? Buy ammo from sponsors at Top Ammunition Sites or visit the Donate Page to send money by credit card or Paypal account.

Help Fund The Site For 2018 Donations Progress

Help Fund The Site For 2018 Progress

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The progress bar above shows current donations received versus what we need to fund the site for 2018. Please help out if you can!

The best way to help out is to stock up on ammo and gun parts through sponsor links at Top Gun Parts and Top Ammunition Sites. A commission of 3-5% is made on purchases you make through sponsor sites there. You must click through and make a sale through the links at that site. Always start your online firearms related shopping through those sites, helps fund this one!

Another way you can help is by Featuring your ads here. Featured ads appear highlighted and stick to the top of the listings chronologically. They appear below content on the homepage and below every other ad at the site. See more details on featured ads here…

The third way is to donate below. It takes $600.00 per year to help keep this site maintained and alive. Please give what you can. If yearly goals are reached, I can remove all advertising that appears at this site.

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Add a map to your profile page and distance from you in the directory

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When new Montanans register for Montana Gun Trader, they are asked to include their City + a comma + MT.

If they don’t at least give us a Montana City, their membership is not approved.

Montana is Big! This is so we know if they post an item in a general forum, whether its even practical to contact them or not. On top of that one of the biggest complaints people have with classifieds is that people who post forget to add their location. You can visit any members profile page to see their location under their header image if they haven’t removed it. But sometimes even I don’t know without looking at a map. This is exactly why I’ve added a map function. Why not have a map here instead of having to google it?

If you edit your profile and enter your Montana city, then a comma, The MT, then enter USA in the country, a map will automatically appear on your profile page like the Montana Arms & Ammo Page. If your profile location information is also filled out correctly, you will see a distance from you in the member directory just like the image below.

NOTE: Add it, remove it, I don’t even care after registration. But it will always be required in registration for localization purposes. !If you add your complete address, it will display it! Although I might advise against that if you don’t want people knocking on your door. If you have a business however, it might be beneficial. We’ll leave that part up to you. 🙂