Originally Posted By buckfever34:
Hey guys, I have done many deals on the EE and they have all went smooth and I've never had one go wrong.
And I don't ever want one to take a downhill turn.
So, I was wondering if it would be "wrong" to adopt a personal policy that, while dealing with a relatively new member or one that has very little or no feedback, the seller ship before payment is made. I understand that in some instances the seller is selling b/c he or she needs money ASAP.
I guess my main question is, as a new member who was in no hurry for the money, if a team member with many positive feedbacks asked you to ship before payment is made would it offend or insult you?
Let me know whay you all think.
You have the choice of selling to whomever you wish (including nobody). You are not obligated to sell to the first person to reply, only the first person you tell that they bought it. Info such as payment instructions/shipping addy/FFL #/etc exchanged constitutes "A Deal".
Prior to "A Deal" being made, you may choose from any of the interested buyers, based on feedback or preference.
You can set the terms of your sale IN YOUR ORIGINAL AD/POST, but if nobody wants to buy under your rules, they are also not obligated to purchase your stuff, or sell to you.
Again: Sellers are not required to sell to the first reply of "I'll take it", nor the 2nd, or 3rd. They can sell to whomever they wish. Unless A Deal was made. That last sentence is where it all gets "sticky" at times...
Likewise, Buyers are not required to buy from any seller, based on sellers feedback, location, or the fact they don't like the way their avatar looks. Again, unless A Deal was made. After that point, it needs to proceed.
In the past, I sometimes have acted as a "Escrow Agent", where the money or item is sent to me, then when all is good, I ship on to the recipient. I take only a small donation for this help, and will only help out those I can personally vouch for (I have met many, many of the users here). Due to time constraints, I have been requesting larger donations, though.