OK, this is not exactly sailing related except that I am trying to buy some gear
for my boat. I found an ad online for a piece of equipment
but the seller is in CA and I'm in FL. First the seller offered to send the item after he received the money
. Since we're talking $700 and I don't know him from Adam I declined and offered to do the deal COD, payment with certified funds.
The seller declined that, claiming he has been burned in the past with a counterfeit cashiers check. I can't argue against that since I know that can be a problem. I checked with UPS, FedEx, and the US Post Office. All offer COD options of secured payment but that means cashiers checks or money
orders that the seller won't accept. No one I've found has a cash only option, in fact most will not accept cash at all.
Every other method I've checked essentially works out that the seller gets the money before I can get the gear
which I'm not going to do. I checked Paypal which offers buyer protection but only if it is an eBay auction
, but not for private sales.
I should add that after exchanging emails for a week plus checking the guy out online I'm 99% certain that he is legit and will not burn me, but at this point it has become a contest of wills as much as a security
concern. Thought this would be a simple purchase
but now I feel like I'm trying to do a hostage exchange at Checkpoint Charlie.
So anyone have any ideas?