The best method for wire funds is to use an escrow service, such as Escrow.com. The way it works is that upon the completion of the auction, the buyer sends payment to the escrow service. When this payment clears, the escrow service notifies the seller to ship the product. When the buyer receives product and notifies the escrow service that it is as it was described, the escrow service forwards the buyer's payment to the seller. In this way both Buyer and seller prevents from payment frauds from either side.
Credit cards and online payment services (they often accept credit card payments) are safest. Other options include debit cards, personal checks, cashier’s checks and money orders.
Always refuse to buy any product through online auctions in which the seller doesn't offer the option of returning it if you're not happy with it. If the seller doesn't specify a return policy, email him and ask.
Don’t buy from sellers who claim they're liquidating estates and that therefore all sales are final. They may not accept returns. When you are buying expensive products ask seller for insurance of the product if seller doesn’t offer it.
SHIPPING AND DELIVERY
If you want to receive your product safely and in a timely fashion, read carefully for the seller's location (shown near the top of the item listing under "Item location"). Also call the seller to see if the phone number is correct and working. Send them e-mail to see if they have an active e-mail address. Be cautious of sellers who use free e-mail services where a credit card wasn’t required to open the account.
Sellers sometimes charge artificially high shipping and handling fees for low price items. Be sure you know what the charges will be before bidding or buying -- if the charges aren't specified, ask the seller.
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