We all want it done safe and simple since most of us have a future to think about.
One of the greatest misconceptions around is the use of personal Credit/Debit Cards.
Most reputable places including www.GrassCity.com use Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) technology for their ordering process. (I don't know of one that doesn't!)
The use of SSL guarantees eliminating the unauthorized interception and use of your credit card whether that would be by a crook or any other interested but not authorized parties.
By now you are probably asking yourself: "Yeah great I can use my Credit/Debit Card but I don't want my seeds, pipes etc. sent to my Credit/Debit Card registered address!"
That's when it's time to use another name than your own and an address you consider safe as for the SHIPPING ADDRESS.
That could be an address at a friends house. The name of a person who used to live at your place. I have heard some successfully using their work place address. Others have used next doors address and intercepted the mail (questionable option!).
Use your common sense and connect that with your fantasy where to have your ordered items sent.
If it's a glass pipe it is NOT considered Paraphernalia as long as it is unused (clean, no residue).
Seeds should not (never) be sent to an address where you are/will be growing or have anything incriminating around so please keep that in mind and refer to the above 'safe address' section.
Although very unlikely you don't want your order to run in to some (new) customs officer who wants to state an example on your seed order to establish himself by showing up at your door just because you used your own addy.
Hope my post helped making a decision you feel comfortable with.
PS: The above applies to the US of A and maybe the country you are living in, too.
Below is a very well written post which was made as a result from discussing ordering-/online safety, to keep it simple I will just Quote it here:
It's much safer than...say...making an account on a weed growing forum using a similar name to several of your myspace profiles, posting pictures of weed you grow on said weed growing forum. Then back on myspace, posting pictures of yourself and your friends smoking weed and drinking, your real name, details about where you live, your IM info, phone info, etc etc. Remember the ToS on these social networking sites is terrible - they will give your information to pretty much anyone that asks (okay not really, but it's still easy to get, and permanent!) This isn't limited to your profile that your friends can see, it also includes your 'private' messages you send on these sites.
Then again, run on sentences are pretty dangerous too.
But yeah, you're pretty safe ordering with a CC and having the seeds shipped wherever. From what I've heard, when customs seizes a package they just send you a note saying why they seized your package, and how to appeal this decision.
In my opinion, I think it's much safer to order seeds from a UK seedbank than it is to post all of that personal information on US websites. The authorities may have to put forth a shitton of effort if they want to get information from grasscity, and 99.9% of the time they won't even bother because it's not worth it. (cost, issues of it being admissable in court, time, etc etc) The same is not true to get information from sites based in the US (like myspace, purevolume, hoverspot, facebook, etc).
Your post above is wisely written and I would like to add to your list a very popular place for hosting pictures called www.Photobucket.com (and most others!)
4. Disclosure to Governmental Entities:
www.Photobucket.com may disclose specific contact information when we determine that such disclosure is necessary to comply with law, to cooperate with or seek assistance from law enforcement or to protect the interests or safety of Photobucket.com or other visitors to the site or users of the Services. Also, your contact information may be passed on to a third party in the event of a merger, acquisition, consolidation, divestiture, or a bankruptcy of Photobucket.com.
Members don't (want to?) realize they basically have let their pants down in front of LEO by signing up there!
Upload your pics as an attachment to your www.GrassCity.com post and you will be as safe as you can.
Some use www.TinyPic.com for hosting their pictures, that site allows picture-uploads without signing up, basically just "upload & go!"
Edited by Leapfrog, 06 March 2009 - 12:19 AM.