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Safest way to buy from a stranger online?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Pmcdn, Dec 5, 2014.

  1. Pmcdn

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    Question: if I want to buy something that someone put in a classifieds section of a forum and paypal is the agreed way, how can I send them the funds with some sense of security and recourse?

    Is having them send me a PP invoice the safest way (I get that nothing is totally secure)?

    Thoughts?
     
  2. Pmcdn

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    That's what I've been told. I've paid and been paid a million times via paypal (just sending the money as a gift), but some people are super paranoid.

    Not sure what to suggest as an alternative that won't kill you in fees.
     
  3. jadebox

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    Selecting the "Gift" option saves the seller the fees, but it robs you of PayPal's Purchase Protection. You should never choose that option if you are purchasing goods or services.

    -- Roger
     
  4. malibusteve70

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    Which in turn eliminates your possibility of disputing the charge.