Postal should not. You probably paid for it with cash. A money order from a bank does have to clear.
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You know, trust is a funny thing. A MO can be cashed immediately and all that good stuff. If the seller wants to wait an agreed time-good.
I use certified bank drafts that are taken out of your account immediately once you receive the check. Most banks accept these and credit the account without delay and you can always call the bank the draft is drawn on to check its validity.
But on the other hand, what protection does the buyer have that he is getting what he bought? It seems this is all loaded towards the seller.
The reason I asked this is because I have bought a set of speakers with a missing woofer and I have had my money stolen here on Audiogon twice within the last 4 months with what I would have considered good sellers.
Please don't give me the feedback route because A'gon will not allow it-I tried and it was blocked. Paypal will not help because I tried them for the missing woofer deal. There response was "They are ONLY responsible if the item was not shipped. They do not get into disputes for the quality or condition of the purchase." In every case, you have NO recourse other than hunt the person down and file a legal action through the court which will cost you a lot more than you lost.
I personally will send a draft to a person who has LOTS of feedback. However, if he wants to hold my draft, the deal is over. Trust goes two ways in my book!
there are fake bank check or money order out there, so this is what I do.
ask for certified bank check along with bank contact info. when you receive the check, call the bank and read them the check number; they can tell you right at the spot if the check is legit so you don't need to take any risk.
another good option but does not always work is to ask buyer to deposit cash into your account directly, assuming your bank has a branch in his area. giving out your bank account has no risk, you do that every time you write someone a check anyway.
that's why Paypal has become the most popular choice of payment method here.
I always send money order checks.Some people ship right after they receive my check,some others wait until it clears.I am OK both ways.What pisses me off,is the broken DOA sft-1 transport I received back in Oct 07,that I am STILL waiting for the seller to forward to me the money to cover the cost of the repair.USPS turned the claim down,even though the damage was done during shipping,BUT packaging was very poor IMO .Seller claims he is broke!
I am stuck with the broken transport for 9 months now.
On the other end we got some good members in our community,
I need to say this.Timrhu above is a first class gentleman.
I bought vinyl from him,and he shipped the records to me BEFORE receiving my check!!!Tim you got my respect.
Regards to all
I am surprised to hear of al the recent rip offs and fraud experienced by members here!!!
I have been using A'gon for over eight years and never had a problem, seems things are going the shady way here too, that's too bad. It used to be a totally honest site for fanatical audio freaks that were trustworthy, seems that's changing and that makes me sad.
if you send someone a regular old personal check and it bounces, they have to pay a TWO buck penalty to the bank.
wow, that's really a tough situation alright!
my payment and my word of honor is enough. i am a certified
fanatical kook with TWO systems, no make that FOUR systems of varying size and complexity- in my house. who in their right mind would even want or need all of this specialty gear?
answer- me, and the other people who buy, sell, and trade here that are just like me. i don't sweat
getting what i paid for- ever. sometimes i can't even unpack it for a couple of months! but i know the person(s) that sold it to me often-times barely used it prior to the sale, and STILL list it as 8/10 just to be conservative.
however, there seem to be a number of very nervous folks that have drifted in from flea-bay and have lost their faith in mankind altogther. nothing (to them) is as it seems.
i try to reassure them, sooth them, calm them down, but it's no use sometimes. but i always, ALWAYS leave a phone number so they can call me up and we can talk the deal over.
The last two banks I dealt with charged ME $30.00 each time MY TENANT wrote a bad check TO ME. If an individual purchasing an item chooses to not use Paypal or Western Union(as one of my European buyers did), he can wait the few days that it takes the check/MO to clear. An honest person should have no qualms about another removing any risk from a transaction. If the policy is stated before the transaction takes place, they can always cancel the deal(if they are that thin-skinned).