I've just won an auction for a Dutch dresser, it is collection only, which is fine, but I've messaged the seller asking if he would prefer cash on collection and he's replied that he'd prefer payment via PayPal in advance. I have heard of the scam where buyers have paid via PayPal , collected the item, then requested and received a refund, but is this totally safe for the buyer? It just seems odd, I would want cash on collection and don't know why he wouldn't. DH is collecting on Wednesday as we're not local and he's working that way , so it saves fuel. I don't use eBay for expensive purchases usually and don't want to get scammed
It might just be that he wants to know you're not going to let him down and not collect. There's no risk to you by paying with PayPal, it's far riskier for him as you could claim not to have the item and without a tracking number to prove delivery, he'd be forced to refund. He'll also have to take his fees out rather than just pocketing the cash. I expect he just wants to know you're serious about collecting it.
Thanks everyone! I'm happy to pay before collection if it's safe to do so , which it sounds like it is. It makes sense to want to be sure a buyer will collect, although personally I wouldn't risk it. Lucky for him I'm not a scammer Just checked his feedback too and it's 100% on over 600 items, most as a buyer but a few as a seller , it all seems good.
Thanks. I will tell him to check it thoroughly. He's picking it up tomorrow. I did pay via PayPal on Saturday , the seller messaged me his details and phone number so dh can ring him with a more precise time after his meeting finishes , he does seem genuine.