I have bought a sandpit for DS on ebay - paying through paypal - its a collect in person, which we can't do until Sunday (assuming she is free then) Do I pay now, or just before we collect or how do I do it?
If I pay now, am I protected if she never actually arranges for us to collect?
Did the seller say in their listing how they would prefer you to pay? I generally pay in cash if I am collecting something. From the point of view of the seller, if you paid using paypal they'd have to pay feeds on it, and also if you paid and didn't collect, you could probably manage to get the money back through paypal.
I'd get in touch with them and organise when you're going to pick up and pay.
Pay in cash. She probably wont want you to use paypal because if you pay with pay pal and then say you never got the item then you will be refunded, as she wont be able to prove that you got it, so paypal should never be used for a collect in person.
I would ask and see what she prefers. She might, like LovelyRita and Bigstripeytiger say, prefer cash as it means she won't get charged fees, but she might prefer the protection that Paypal offers, although I guess that more applied to you as the buyer. If I collect, I prefer to pay cash once I have seen the item and I am happy with it.
most sellers and buyers pay on collection or prefer this as some buyers have said haven't got item and as its collected no receipts have been given via royal mail so no proof of having given item and paypal refunds money
just mail them and say is it ok to pay cash on collection and when is convenient for you?
I've always paid by paypal for collection items personally, so if I were you I'd choose whichever method you're more comfortable with. It's true cash is better for the seller on collection items though.