The first thing you should look at is the join date of the seller. Alot of folks throw up an account to sell things here because they know this is a big audience. My dealing with the clasifiedes have went well.
I am an American Whitewater member. One of 6300. There are an estimated 100000 paddlers in the U S. If you are not a member you should join. AW is fighting for our rivers everyday and could use some help.