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Old 04-21-2011, 06:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Advice on the best shipping / payment option for a paintball sale

Because of the huge amount of respect I have for my fellow MCB'ers here, I wanted to throw this one out to get your advice. I'm clearing out some of my old gear (markers, barrels, etc) & am having my first experience actually selling outside of my local group.

What would be your recommendations on a payment option (asking the buyer for the money upfront? Another option)?

And what about shipping? Looks like it'll just be a barrel this time, so I'm not overally concerned - but I don't want to get cheatered, and at the same time I don't want to be a douche either.

Thoughts?
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Old 04-21-2011, 07:36 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Use Paypal. I use USPS Priority Mail Flat Rate for what I need and I slap on delivery confirmation. If it's anything smaller, I weigh the item + box. Call the Post Office and ask them how much to ship it. If shipping is about the same as the PM Flat Rate, I go with that instead. Any other mail services will cost a bundle from where I'm shipping.
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I am not sure about USPS, do they have an automatic insurance ammount attached to a package? Canada Post has $100 insurance automaticly, if your item is worth more than that automatic insurance I would also HIGHLY recomend purchasing insurance to cover the full cost of the item plus a bit...this way if anything happens you and the buyer are covered.

Paypal is probably the best and safest way to both make and accept payments. easy, quick and it has built in anti fraud and dispute functions.

Generaly accepted practice is the buyer pays you and you ship. Trades are a little different.

Always check the feedback of anyone you are doing business.

Flat rate boxes are your friend for anything heavy. Small light items can be shipped cheaper through other means.

If your shipping outside of the US, ONLY use USPS!!
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Old 04-21-2011, 09:30 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I try to use PayPal and USPS, I add Delivery Confirmation and Insurance, which requires a signature. I still accept Money Orders from time to time.

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Old 04-21-2011, 11:14 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Paypal and USPS for 99% of all deals, like most here have said

Also, to add to what cjottawa about trusted members, if you have ANY reservations at all about the deal, get their phone number and make a quick call, its worth it and this has saved my butt once on a deal.

Here, AO and CC, I don't worry to much because all have upstanding people as the vast majority of the forums, but on PBN, I am a little more strict when making deals.
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Old 04-21-2011, 12:22 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Excellent advice guys!
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Old 04-21-2011, 12:30 PM   #8 (permalink)
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You can get shipping quotes on USPS.com with the weight of your package and the zip codes.

If you pay online, you can save a few cents, print the lable at home and bypass the line at the Post Office and it there is no charge for a tracking #.


You can pay via Credit Card or from your PayPal balance.

I just printed a shipping lable through PayPal ( click on "print lable" in the transaction summary line).

If you accept PayPal as a "Gift", it is against the their terms of service and you also do not have any buyer protection ( no way to get your money back if the deal goes wrong).
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Old 04-21-2011, 12:36 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Never use UPS....just sayin'
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Old 04-21-2011, 01:10 PM   #10 (permalink)
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PayPal and USPS, you can even print your lables off the PayPal site if you know the weight. Delivery conformation is only 19 cents and gives you the option to add insurance, Piority mail flat rate is nice if it fits it ships, First class under 13oz. is cheaper and treated as Priority mail.

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