Like buying at a yard sale?
I think not my friend. There are more people on Ebay that make their living off of buying & selling at a profit. They also have business partners. ie: Ebay & Pay Pal that both make money off of the sellers. Using them is like using the same lawyer as the people you are litigating with. At yard sales that I have been to, they are usually trying to pare down their own possessions. Also there is the fact that you can see, feel, examine the goods and you don't pay until you have it in your possession. I would advise anyone that asked me, to not be intimidated by people that are telling them things like, (to paraphrase) if you feel like you have to think about protecting yourself from the buyer, then ebay isn't for you. You seem to want to help people, but you do it with such a condesending attitude. Why? My advice still stands to use a credit card of your own that protects the buyer. Mine all give me at least 30 days to stop the transaction. I wouldn't argue with the seller. Just state the facts to them and they either will want to immediately make things right. If they don't, just call your credit card company & fill out the form on the back of your bill and send it in. As soon as they recieve the form, they will put a hold on the payment. I have been ripped off once on ebay with Pay Pal aiding and abetting the thief. I now use my credit card for all purchases.