I had purchased .38 spl rounds from Space Coast a few times in person from the West Palm Gun Shows and was satisfied with both the price and product.
I was in the market to repurchase this item and noticed the Space Coast web page in January/February that they would have a table at the March show.
I looked at the page again mid February and found they did not have the show listed. Shot them an email and they sent back that "we had planned on it but had to cancel".
Sent back to them that I would be interested in placing an order for 1000 rounds of .38 spl 158gr SWC and if it could be done by mail order or over the phone. They emailed me back "Yes we can ship or you can pick up at the next West Palm show. Richard works for the promoter so he's there even if we don't set up. Before we ship we would need a copy of your drivers license on file as proof we are shipping to an adult. You can call the store and place an order".
I sent an email back with a copy of my drivers license asking for a total amount including shipping for for this item. I called them to give them a credit card over the phone and the woman suggested I just pick them up at the show and save on the shipping and just ask for Richard at the door as he works for the show promoter. Richard calls me at home on Saturday to remind me that he has my rounds and I inform him that I will be at the show on Sunday.
I arrive at the show Sunday to find that I can only use a personal check or cash for a $180.00 total. I didn't have my checkbook (how many of you carry one) did not have that amount of cash on me. He stated that a automated teller was available but I could not use it as I don't recall my p/n as I don't use it for cash. To be honest I use my Discover card for most of my purchases, pay them off each month and they give me a "cashback bonus" each month. In other words, Discover pays me to use the card.
Anyway, I told Richard that I would call him in the morning and give him my credit card info so that he could ship it out to me.
He said that would be no problem.
This morning I call and he says he does not see a copy of my license on file. Told him I included it in with a previous email back in February. He informed me that it must be by mail because they are blacked out if sent by email or fax. A previous email from them stated that they needed my drivers license to make sure that I am an adult. I am 60 years old (and probably look 70) and he just saw me a day earlier and he needs my license to prove I'm an adult?
I told him to forget it as this transaction was more trouble than I expected. So much for trying to keep my money local.
I got on the Georgia Arms website and placed an order for the same item and got a confirmation email back. This was all done in less than 5 minutes. The total price was more ($232 vs $190.) but no hassle and a ammo box thrown in. Georgia Arms stated that delivery may be delayed 5-7 weeks but that is no problem. I had already wasted almost 5 weeks with Space Coast and had nothing to show except having to pay $8.00 and gas and time going to a show I had not planned on attending in the first place.
ImpatientKindaGuy only has so much patience.