I haven't bought anything on there since but maybe I'll try it out. Definitely no trades though unless other user ships first.
I don't really mess with trades. That's the dark side of this kick game that I don't trust. Looks like you got jerked at random, trusting rep. But the thing is on a site like NT, all they got to lose is rep and one random complaint against them might not be enough.
At the new ISS, they'd have PayPal on their a.ss (and you get refunded). For the most part, when I have bought there, I trust feedback and do my due diligence.
Step up your sleuthing game on the Internet before sending out offers. With enough time, you can find consistent info to track someone's real name, other screen names/email addresses, workplace, etc. Most of these sneakerheads smart enough to fu*k with listings have a rep and background on the Internet. Trace them as far as you can go. Sounds like going hard, but it's your money. What's it worth to you?
I remember I bought my Space Jams on ISS last year before the revamp and I sent money as a gift. Dude took like 3 days to respond to me and get me a tracking number, and it was my girl who held me back from calling his mom's house and accusing him of being a snake.
Had dude's last name, the name of the school he graduated from, where he worked, his girl's info, all his family on Facebook. I'll embarrass the sh*t out of someone.