I've bought and sold quite a bit of gear here as well as on other audio sites and the one feature that makes buying on any of them a reasonable thing to do is the feedback systems. If a seller has excellent feedback over a number of transactions I usually feel safe to proceed. Beyond that, if you aren't sure about the gear, the seller or the terms of the sale, call or write the seller. Of course, there is always risk but that's the trade-off for a better price. Whether that risk is worth it only you can decide.
12 responses Add your response
Thanks everyone for the input. I've been in touch with the seller, he doesn't know the details other than that picking a third-party CC processor is a choice for payment. He informed me he had sold things before and the processor receives the payment, takes a percentage, and then he eventually receives the payment. Audiogon was helpful in providing some feedback on the seller (he has sold things before and received very positive ratings), but clear information about payment was still not solid (suggestion to use Paypal if seller was willing).
I'm communicating with the seller and making determinations through some careful questioning and arrangements. I believe he at least is legitimate / trustworthy. Still not sure I'm going to buy it yet. Working on some means to provide protection for myself in the event of an unpleasant issue.
As others have already said, make sure you check reviews of sellers if possible :)
Reviews are a bit of a double edges sword though in my opinion, since it can make it hard for new sellers to get a reputation...
If many people tend to only trust people who had positive reviews already, many newcomers trying to sell will be having a hard time :)
Good luck! :D