I have seen WAY TOO MANY posts in the various discussions about people who have purchased a load and sent money to a scammer who, subsequently, blocked them and never sent the product. The buyer has lost their money and their product and is left trying to figure out how to get their money back.
It seems that many people getting into this business do not understand the difference between the characteristics of various payment methods. This article is intended to help make this more widely known.
There are a few main ways to send payments. I will discuss the most commonly used ones below. For our discussion purposes, they are going to fall into one of two main groups.
Methods of Payment that Offer Strong Buyer Protections
- Credit Cards
These methods of payment offer the buyer the most protection there is. These methods will go as far as withholding the funds from the seller or taking the money back from the seller’s account if they see fit. For the buyer, this protection is great! These methods should be required to be used any time the buyer is dealing with a newer seller who does not have a well-known reputation. However, because of these strict buyer protections, you must be willing to use other types of payment methods when buying from large, widely-known sellers. Most large, widely-known sellers are not willing to sell to buyers who mandate these types of payment methods be used.
The sellers will not accept these forms of payment for the very reason that the buyer likes them. These payment methods overly-protect the buyer to the point of taking advantage of the seller. For as many underhanded sellers there are in the business, there are just as many underhanded buyers. Legitimate sellers have no reason to take the risk of an underhanded buyer stealing their product. Large sellers treat their customers right when needed.
So, what payment methods will large, legitimate sellers accept?
Methods of Payment that Do Not Offer Buyer Protections
- Wire Payments to Bank Account
- ACH Payments to Bank Account
- Paypal through Facebook (from what I am told, not personal experience)
All of the above payment methods are set up so that once the money is sent and delivered, it is 100% DONE. There is no filing of a dispute that will result in the buyer’s money being returned to him. BE VERY CAREFUL with whom you are dealing when using these types of payment methods. It is not the payment method that makes an underhanded seller bad; it is the underhanded seller that makes these payment methods bad to use with them.
How do you solve this? A good start is:
- Do not be in a rush to get the product!
- Ask people for recommendations of the seller and if they have ever done business with that particular person.
- Ask if anyone had a difficult situation with a seller and how the seller handled it.
After asking, be patient and let a few answers come back. If no one responds or you get negative feedback, it is probably a sign to not do business with that business. However, if you decide you have to have what they are selling, then use one of the payment methods that you have protection with. If the seller will not allow that, then you might want to steer clear of that seller.
For any of the reputable sellers involved in the industry, you should have no trouble getting plenty of positive feedback to know that one of the payment methods that offers you less protection is an acceptable method of payment for use with that legitimate seller.
If you have any questions, experiences, or would like to disagree with any of these statements, certainly let us know! These articles are being created for the education and awareness of everyone and to create some good discussions!
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