I am not a real experienced online buyer, but perhaps someone could suggest some better options.
I like talking on the phone, but a good scammer selling a $6,000 GNS 430 or something might be pretty smooth.
I've had folks on the classifieds here say they didn't want to use PayPal unless I covered the fee, but heck, once you are up over a hundred bucks or so, what's $3 to protect yourself? ( correct me if I'm wrong here).
if you say you are going to be in their city next month, and can drop by and pick it up, what's the response?
Last time I did that, the seller bought my whole family lunch! ( thanks Bevan!)
fact is, we are now a big community, lots of spam drivers troll here hourly just for the classifieds, and stuff is gonna go sideways, regardless...and then there are the real scammers.