Z wrote:Personal transactions are not eligible for seller protection, so I recommend only using it with people you trust. I've never had an issue with any transaction here on VSE. Also, the personal payments do not provide a shipping address (might be why no seller protection), so be sure to get the full address (and phone number) of the buyer.
my experience is that only thief is afraid of thiefs. read my reasoning below...
during 2006..2009 and 95% of my synthesizers I have bought without paypal through e-bay and these synthesizers arrived from around the world all different places. I paid with bank transfer and in every moment I did so.
And on couple moments I had problems, but I got lucky, becouse JUST THEN I had paid with paypal, and the reason? Becouse the salesman on his auction said too "paypal only".
At the same time I have had several problems with paypal AND ebay buyer protection programmes last several years. It is like this -- ebay treats like package will be delivered is buyers responsibility, while the SENDER is the only one who can affect the shipping process. To me it happened that signed package got returned due to postal service fault but e-bay did not refund to me. Only human sensible situation was the reason why i still got the money back.
Problem with paypal: there was a dispute with one chinese salesman that their shipped chips were fake (MN3009 on chips, but inside was MN3007) the paypal required all kinds of documents and via fax (hey, on 2010! why not telegram too?)... yes I faxed, AND 2 TIMES. 3 days later they messaged that they solved the case for seller becouse I did not sent the document they asked.