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Started by trevorlein, 01/02/2022 05:35PM
Posted 01/02/2022 05:35PM | Edited 01/02/2022 05:36PM Opening Post
Looking at buying a mount here, seller says bank transaction or Venmo. We are both unrated. I have bought things on CloudyNights but used Paypal. I trust sellers here more because you have to pay to sign up but I was wondering about another opinion. 
For reference the mount is under 1k
The key question --- Would you use Venmo on this website?

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Posted 01/04/2022 03:03PM | Edited 01/04/2022 03:16PM #1
Absolutely NOT......either Paypal or in cash in person, no other considerations except perhaps an escrow service. If they simply refuse to go with either of those then keep moving, another one will eventually come along.

The fact that it costs $15 a year to register here is not that much of a hinderance, helpful yes but certainly no guarantee. Scammers still come through here on a regular basis. 

I would look at it somewhat differently if they had a long trading history but an unrated one? Never over a $100 transaction.....Been here a long time and bought quite a lot and that policy has served me well.

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Posted 01/04/2022 06:01PM #2
Ok, Thanks I will ask if Paypal or some other protected service is available.