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Craigslist + PayPal, what are the risks?
I listed a set on Craigslist and was contacted by someone who was not a local. He said he'd pay the asking plus shipping through paypal. I haven't used paypal in years, and I know that Craigslist warns against dealing with non-locals. The buyer appeared to be a real person (no Nigerian scam here, I am pretty sure), and understood my reluctance. Could you comment on what the risks may be when doing this type of transaction using paypal? I guess I can insist on getting paid before shipping. Can paypal take the money out of my account at a later time due to buyer's complaints or for some other reasons (paid with stolen paypal account, etc.)? Thanks.
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Put it on eBay if you're going to sell to someone that way.
You've been warned.
PS - A friend of mine got burned badly that way, and while I don't know all the details without him refreshing my memory first, I've since taken the stance that you're simply looking to shoot yourself in the foot by dealing with non-locals on CL.
Do not, ever. ever. ever... sell to anyone non-local for anything other than cash on CL... Most common scam in the world...
There is a reason CL says not to do it. Really, just don't and save yourself the trouble.
Can someone explain to me the risks of taking payment through Paypal, both for Craigslist and Bricklink?
One of the risks is that the buyer may be funding the purchase with a stolen credit card. In that case, PayPal will do a chargeback on your account.