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Date: 1/12/13 10:07 PM

I'm interested in an $100+ item on sewitsforsale and the seller wants check or money order. I'm used to PayPal. What do you think, is it too risky?

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Date: 1/12/13 10:25 PM

I'd be nervous too. I've bought and sold alot of things on that site, but mostly used PP. Sometimes a check if it's $25.00 or less.

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Date: 1/13/13 0:10 AM

I bought machine presser feet on that site and the seller wanted a check instead of paypal. I communicated through email quite a lot before deciding to purchase the feet. My intuition told me that the person was trustworthy. She sent the feet the day my check arrived in her mailbox so turn-around time was less than a week.

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Date: 1/13/13 0:21 AM

I've purchased a lot of patterns and fabric on SEWITSFORSALE, but never a high ticket item. My MIL just received a "New to Her" 936 Huskylock that she bought from that group. She used Pay Pal though. I think you're probably better off to stay with Pay Pal for high ticket items.

I've always had great luck and service with any seller on there. I did the negotiations for my MIL's serger. The seller was very willing to provide a lot of information and photos so we "chatted" via email for two days before my MIL made up her mind. All that correspondence and the seller's willingness to answer every question about that machine gave me a good feeling about the purchase. Now I have to teach my MIL how to use the machine!

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Date: 1/13/13 0:22 AM

I wouldn't buy the item unless the seller agrees to paypal. Paypal really doesn't charge much and you could even offer to split the fee with the seller. It would be worth it to have that protection.

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Date: 1/13/13 0:22 AM

I wouldn't buy the item unless the seller agrees to paypal. Paypal really doesn't charge much and you could even offer to split the fee with the seller. It would be worth it to have that protection.

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Date: 1/13/13 8:21 AM

I can't say about this seller and it's at your own risk but I have been very lucky with people selling sewing stuff and that is even back before paypal. I have bought lots of things sewing wise I was interested in quite a few expensive purchases. One rule I follow thought without fail is to email on those type groups and ask multiple questions. If the seller doesn't answer completely or the spelling or grammar isn't good I pass hopefully to miss a scam. Not fool proof of course but the answers often will clue you in if something isn't just right. Ultimately taking a chance depends on the risk you are willing to take. Some people don't want to pay the fees with paypal and some don't have an account. I have never sent a check just in case it should be a scam, I buy a money order as it makes me feel better to not put a check out there but not a lot of that anymore since lots have pay pal.

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Date: 1/13/13 8:38 AM

SewItsForSale has a list of people who have been problematic on the site and to avoid. It's under their database.

I deal with that site a lot, and realize a lot of people don't use PayPal for a number of reasons: Don't like online banking, DH is instrumental in keeping them out of PayPal, don't like paying PayPal fees, etc. I also have a friend who has an online Etsy shop and who takes checks, and so far, has had no problems with checks or with anyone who accepts checks.

For me, I have a safeguard: If it's more than I can afford to lose, I won't buy the item. So if that $100 is more than you can afford to lose, don't buy the item.

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Date: 1/13/13 1:56 PM

Random thought about PayPal- as a small business owner I do not use Paypal. They charge a lot, and do not protect businesses at all. I lost thousands of dollars to them and it was by no fault of my own.

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Date: 1/13/13 3:09 PM

A second random thought about PayPal. As a small business owner I DO use Paypal.

The fees are similar or lower than other credit card accepting options and they've literally protected me several times against losses. However, many years ago I put in place several safeguards against them accessing much cash from my bank accounts. So I've reduced my risk that way.

I'm sorry to hear that you've had problems with them, Apron Strings.

Many of my customers would be terribly inconvenienced if I didn't accept credit cards or other payments through Paypal. In fact, I'd bet that I'd lose them.

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