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Re: Selling stuff over the internet
Ed Drake ...
>> I had a question for anybody out there in loopland. I have an ADA MC-1
>>midi controller for sale and I've had a response via the net, so I was
>>wondering what is the best way to avoid being ripped off? I've heard
>>shipping COD via one of the package carriers (UPS, Fed Ex, etc) is the
>>way but does anyone have advice or experiences they would like to share?
>>Pardon my naivete concerning this.
>Matt McCabe said...
>Definitely ship COD. Trust no one. There are many flaky people out there
>with internet access. I've sold and bought a number of things over the
>via COD. It has worked without a flaw everytime. The only bummer is that
>it can take up to a month to get your money if you ship COD via UPS.
UPS is usually a little on the slow side. 2-3 weeks for them to mail
you your check... It usually goes OK.
Once I received a cryptic piece of paper which sort of looked like a
check. I took it to the bank and 'deposited' it. The bank didn't even
know if it was a check or not! It bounced. It took me around 4-6
months to straighten this out with UPS. Bummer. No one at UPS could
help me at all until I started writing threatening letters to their
corporate collection department.
I've had good success with FedEx COD. You get it overnight or in 2
days usually. Have the buyer cut a money order or cashier check for
the correct amount. FedEx will just forward that to you.
A couple of times UPS has had the buyer write the check to *them*,
then processed that through their accounting department, and then
written *me* a check! That takes a long time as well. A way around
this is to definitely have the buyer hand them a money order made out
to your full legal name. They can't cash that and usually just
it to you. Much Better!
Never have I had a bad piece of gear.