I have bought a few bigger items using paypal (less than $1,000 probably) but I always use my VISA card so that if there is a problem I can also file a claim thru my charge card company.
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I also have sold a couple sewing machines (one I think around $1200 and one at about $2000) and I waited until the money came thru from paypal and then transferred it back out to my checking account before I mailed the machines. I let the people I sold the machines to know that I wouldn't be sending them until the money was in my bank account.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Vikki Youngmeyer" <vikkiy@...> wrote:
I have used PayPal for years, mainly for small purchase items. I had a Janome 350e embroidery machine before buying the 12000, and I paid online to various embroidery design companies for their designs using Paypal. I was able to download the designs immediately, the transactions were under $50 and took less than 15 minutes from start to finish. One time I bought a CD of dog designs from an eBay vendor when eBay quit allowing downloads, and one of the designs wouldnâ€™t load up. I emailed the seller and she sent me the file as an email attachment the next day.
I am show secretary for a number of dog shows and many times people pay their entry fees to me via PayPal. I have yet to have a problem with these types of transactions. If something were to go wrong with a transaction I would withhold their permit to show on the day of the show until they made it right with cash. Iâ€™ve had more problem with bounced checks than Iâ€™ve ever had with PayPal. If things ever got â€œhinkyâ€� after a show, I have my records to back me up and the American Kennel Club will support me.
That being said, I will NOT be selling my vintage sports car on eBay using PayPal. One has to use common sense regarding big ticket items!
Shopping on eBay is similar to a raffle â€" can you afford to be out that money if you donâ€™t get the item? Iâ€™m cheap when it comes to raffles â€" usually about $5 is my limit â€" mainly to support the organization as most of the time there isnâ€™t anything I want or need; however, if there is something I really want at a raffle, Iâ€™ll buy $25 worth of tickets or a â€œstretchâ€�. If my number is picked, great! If not, the organization still benefits which is the bottom line for me!
As for violins and destroying them â€" I hope the person who did this ends up in â€œelevator hellâ€� where the canned music coming thru is a 4th grader just starting out practicing violin lessons!