(Closed) Buying from Bees

posted 7 years ago in Weddingbee
Post # 3
1474 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I bought my dress off the boards, but I had her put up an e-bay listing for me.

I had her post the designer, size, and every detail (unaltered, etc.), and then had her put her return policy as something like “no returns unless item significantly different than described.”

The return policy protects her from me going “oh i just don’t like it” and returning it. It protects me because the item has to be exactly what is listed.

Then I paid using Paypal.

Post # 4
1843 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I always buy/sell with Paypal.  As the buyer, you are protected if you don’t receive your item or if your item is received but is not as described.  You have 45 days from the date you make the payment to file a claim, so be sure to pay attention to that.

Post # 5
1474 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@milesbella: Agreed!

Make sure you have the details of the item in writing. (Not sure how this works without e-bay, but I’m sure someone knows.)

Post # 6
3871 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Anything on the classifieds is ‘at your own risk.’

Like others have mentioned, use Paypal when buying items so you get buyer protection if something goes wrong.  Also, be careful if a buyer asks that you ‘gift’ the amount through Paypal. This does reduce the seller’s paypal fees but if you have a dispute, you will not have any buyer protection because you ‘gifted’ them the money.

Use common sense when buying items. Use the same precautions as you would with any peer to peer buying site. 


Post # 7
240 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I have purchased items, but always paid  thru paypal that way you have paypal’s protection

Post # 8
7975 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Definitely get familiar with the policies for any payment site (like Paypal) that you choose to use BEFORE using it. I’ve seen people really upset because they didn’t realize Paypal only allows you 45 days or 30 days or whatever it is to dispute a charge.

Craigslist has some really good tips for buying online through classified ads: http://www.craigslist.org/about/scams

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