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I'm buying an expensive part from a private party that's going to have to be shipped. What is the best way to pay to minimize the chance of becoming empty handed (money order, paypal, check, etc)?

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Ideal would be:

a) Only buy from a Seller who is known to you

B) have SOMEONE actually see the item locally to check out

c) ask for a 30 day money back guarantee that if the item is not as described money back no questions asked

The ideal method of paying a lot of money for an item would be an independent escrow account held by a third party, but you are unlikely to get that as an option.

Also depends on what you mean by a lot of money I suppose. Paypal and Ebay have procedures, but they mostly depend on the Seller being a valid seller wanting to protect his reputation on ebay or paypal. A popup Seller with no reputation to protect is a sign not to buy sight unseen.

If it was really a LOT of money you should fly out and examine the item before paying.

Bruce

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Thanks for the reply. The item is less than $400. I did some checking up and the seller has a verified paypal account. I heard it might be safer to pay using credit card on Paypal.

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I agree that using a credit card on paypal gives you an additional buffer -- you can make a claim to the credit card company as well if needed.

Generally I have had good luck with purchases online and usually get the item as described; just have to be careful to read every word and look at every picture to ensure you know what is being described. I have skipped items offered by people with no history however from concern that they don't have any skin in the game.

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