AstroDan wrote:Ebay's big enough now, they really need to set up some third party shipping/receiving/cash on delivery type service. As in: I send the item I just sold to the Transaction Center, and the buyer sends the payment to the Transaction Center, and someone there says "Item looks good. Payment looks good. Okay. Everything's verified." I'm certain it would be more complicated and troublesome than that. But as Ebay gets bigger, and the scamming too, the days are numbered for unregulated peer-to-peer dealing.
So go start one. Right now. Get off the GX1 and go.
Similar to an escrow? Huh...interesting idea. Makes me wonder what eBay would charge for THAT service.
Anyway, everyone has an opinion and here's mine.
1) I ONLY deal with sellers who use PayPal (I've only made one exception and I won't do it again)!
2) Yes, I avoid zero Feedback sellers. If you have zero feedback then you should probably conduct a few smaller deals to establish a reputation before you jump on and start selling $500 - $3,000+ synths and gear.
3) I don't buy from sellers who have disabled the Buyer Protection--that makes me think they're up to no good.
Although I DO understand the other poster's stance about having your gear raped and returned to you for a refund! I wholeheartedly support sellers protecting themselves from this. And as a buyer I have to protect myself too.
4) I try to do a little homework so that I can make sure that the price is reasonable. Some items have a starting bid that is so high it's like a Buy-It-Now price, really.
5) Use email and the telephone to communicate with the seller as much as you want. If you feel even a little suspicious--walk away. Your intuition is always RIGHT for you.