I can’t believe how many people are selling big-ticket items online these days. It’s a great option for those who can’t find buyers in their local area and it allows buyers to have a wider variety to choose from. I’m one of those people, as I’ve bought land and a boat from sellers online and have been satisfied each time. Every expensive transaction I make online is made through payerprotector.com, because I don’t want to get scammed by one of the many dishonest people out there. I think using an escrow service like payerprotector.com is a good idea because it keeps your money safe until you and the seller confirm that you bought the item in good condition. Their customer service is also great, and I never had a seller problem that wasn’t resolved when I used this escrow site.
When I went to buy the Jet Skis, I was looking for ads so I could buy two of them at once. I knew I didn’t want to get new ones, because I’m not the only one who will be using them – friends and family often aren’t as careful as me when boating and jet-skiing at my lake house.
I found an ad on ebayclassifieds.com for two Jet Skis, and I got in touch with the seller. We agreed to use payerprotector.com for the payment, and that he’d meet me at the lake the next Sunday with the machines. It didn’t work out quite that way, though, and we finally agreed that he could leave them in my driveway. I got there on Tuesday to discover them waiting for me and immediately took them into the water.
One Jet Ski worked great, but the other one was faulty. It cut out after fifteen minutes and I couldn’t get it to start up again. I towed it in and brought it to the mechanic, who told me that the engine had been shot for about a year and this was the last straw. It probably wasn’t fixable and the Jet Ski was next to worthless.
I wasn’t happy, of course, so I contacted the seller. He said they’d both worked fine at his house, and it must have been a vandal of some kind hitting the Jet Ski when it was in my driveway. I doubted this and told him I wanted my money back, but he said I’d agreed to buy “as is” and wouldn’t take them. We both contacted payerprotector.com – the seller had said I had damaged his property, and I said I wouldn’t release the money to him. I let the escrow company deal with the complaint and they agreed to take care of it. They told him I wouldn’t be paying and to come pick up the Jet Skis.
If I hadn’t used an escrow company, I would have bought a dead Jet Ski from this cheat and wouldn’t have been able to do a thing about it. My money stayed safe throughout the inspection period, and I’m glad I insisted on having one!