As a new member to the Bitcoin community (in general), how would I go about building a reputation as a trusted buyer? I'm afraid that since I'm new, I won't get many (if any) opportunities to prove that I'm trustworthy. Unfortunately, at this time, my only option is paypal/debit card. And I acknowledge the obvious fear buyers will have about paypal. But there isn't much I can really do. =\
Sell or buy stuff using bitcoin, on the "Marketplace" forum. You can transact by using a btc escrow service, or pay/sell first with a very trusted bitcointalk member.
Once your transaction is successfully completed, ask your transaction partner to post your name with +1 on this thread.
Its going to take a while to build trust, but that's one way to do it. And keep posting on the threads...