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Best way to deal state to state?(5 posts)

Best way to deal state to state?fractal
Mar 5, 2003 12:11 PM
How do others work out a deal with someone for payment? At least on e-bay you have the escrow option, but do I have to go on faith that if I send someone $2000 that they will send me the bike? Any suggestions?
re: Best way to deal state to state?mkccowboy
Mar 5, 2003 12:48 PM
You should be able to use www.escrow.com even if you aren't using eBay.
re: Best way to deal state to state?fliparagon
Mar 6, 2003 10:26 AM
You may want to ask whether or not they're willing to accept COD. And, if they say it cost extra, split the COD fees with the seller. The fees will be minor compared to the $2,000 you might be out of it's bogus.
re: Best way to deal state to state?fogtown
Mar 6, 2003 2:17 PM
Forget COD...when the box arrives, the guy delivering the box will want payment before he gives you the box. You wouldn't know if it was a box of bricks or the bike until you open it. And the guy delivering it wouldn't care if it was a box of bricks. I have used paypal and paid with my credit card. This way paypal will protect you and so will your credit card company. This actually cost the seller a little more because the credit card takes a cut, but this way you are protected.
re: Best way to deal state to state?filtersweep
Mar 9, 2003 4:13 PM
Paypal-

Ask for additional pics-

Ask where he is from, then say you have a brother in law that lives an hour away and ask if he can pay cash and pick it up (see if the seller flinches)- it isn't scientific... but it can help screen potential problems. Any seller that won't allow pickup of an expensive item should be avoided, IMHO.

I sold a bike to a guy (a lawyer, no less) who was scammed on ebay by one of those types that does a bunch of "nickel transactions" to build up some feedback, then sent him a different brand bike from a different decade in the wrong size... why the scammer even bothered to ship it is beyond me. He was going to drive 10 hours to pick up the bike I was selling because his wife was ready to KILL him for buying ANOTHER bike on ebay! Sensing his aprehension, I took additional pics and emailed him, emailed the shipping receipt from the shop that included the contents, etc...