It's how we did things for decades, before there was Paypal, and before people gave their credit card numbers over the phone or on websites. C.O.D. involves the registration of the item by the carrier, and is neither "We'll trust the guy to pay us whenever", or "we'll take a personal cheque at the door". It's less convenient, yes, but the parcel delivery service that brings your item to the buyer's door and collects the money before forking the item over, is no less trustworthy in that transaction than the place you order from and fork over your credit card information. Bear in mind, as well, that there are plenty of people who simply don't deal with credit cards, for whatever reason. Before I retired, we had a maintenance guy at work who was heavily into ham radio and electronics. We'd shoot the shit occasionally, and trade electronics info or site links. The poor bastard lacked both a vehicle and a credit card, so getting parts was a real trial for him. He couldn't order from out of town, because that required a credit card, and he couldn't zip around to get parts from any local distributors (with ever fewer of them left as they defer to on-line components distributors).What does that even mean?
Is he asking you to ship the guitar and he will pay when it arrives?
Sage sage advice. Nice post.One should always proceed with caution and this set of questions is not the cleanest that the sender could have used. But:
- COD offered by CP is a real service and it works
- don’t discount an engaged buyer just because they can’t drive 2000 km to pick up your instrument
- have a real conversation, establish trust, cover yourself with info, but don’t just succumb to random paranoia — that is just as irrational as being a sucker
- I’ve bought number of things remotely on Kijiji and sold a few; all you have to do is spend a little effort to establish trust; the most frustrating people are those that have been trying to sell for weeks or months, have me as an interested at asking price buyer, but they are completely paralyzed by fear; there is a guy in Quebec that has lost 30% of his asking price so far this way just because he can’t get past “ooh, shipping, they will eat my brains” and has to keep dropping his asking price on every repost whereas I had offered his way-back asking price plus shipping with EMT prepayment a couple of months ago and then tried again a few times before giving up
Summary: use your head to both not become a sucker, but also to move forward.