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Re: O/T how do you pay for your stuff on ebay
Aaron, Before bidding I look to see if seller will take either Pay Pal or personal check. If they only take certified checks I do not bid. I also look to see their feedback total and will even read some of the replys. I do not bid on anything with out a good picture or if they show a stock photo that is not the actual item.
Pay Pal is great because it is fast and secure. I do not like sending certified or cashiers checks, because twice they were "lost in the mail" and the bank said they could not stop payment. With a personal check I can tarck it and stop payment if I want. The only thing is that it takes longer with personal check.
I have purchased several items including vehicles and I am generally satisfied with the process.
You could also offer the seller to pay the Pay Pal fees he has to pay and sometimes they will make an exception and take it that way. If he's not willing to work with you, then it could be a scam.
You just have to becareful with who you are buying from and if they give you a number to call, call and ask questions.