« on: December 17, 2014, 09:26:24 PM »
As for holding cash before holding camera, I like the idea but again, most buyers would be suspicious (and rightly so) that I would do the very same thing, run with the cash while they sit there with a camera box full of newspapers or a brick.
What I was looking for was the same thing as the return policy. When I ask people about that I don't expect to use it, I'm gauging their lack of douche-baggery. If someone says "sure, yeah, you want to try and you'll bring it back exactly the same? OK." then I know they are real. Even if they put up a fight and then they agree, they are real.
So on the cash thing if people said "hell no, I want to see it before you see the cash", they are not real. If they are willing to do the cash up front, they are real.
That's how it worked when I bought/sold motorcycles. No cash, no ride. In fact the rule was you give me the cash and your drivers license, then you go take a ride. Not before.
I follow you. And I agree. I would discuss things first, feel out the buyer and in general, once I feel confident I am dealing with someone trustworthy, I normally agree to a return and I would explain what I look for if it were to happen. And if the camera is brand new, I might ask for a small return fee since it would be used after the fact. All that is legit and reasonable for both parties.
As for the cash holding thing, you gotta admit that riding a motorcycle off into the sunset pretty much requires a cash in hand thing up front. After all, the item is literally leaving your sight and might never return or be crashed. But two people sitting at a table indoors with a small box, the practice could be considered somewhat optional. But I'm not totally disagreeing with you, esp in light of what just happened to me.
Again, my hope is that I learn/practice a better method going forward and everyone else reading this can improve their strategy at the same time. Then my loss will not have been in vain.