Are you just buying from a private party? Just make sure not to send as a Gift to Family/Friends. That's the option you choose if you don't want the seller to incur a PayPal fee for the transaction. In that case, PayPal's coverage is limited (not too sure about the details) if something does go wrong.so do they send you an invoice? and then you pay them and it will be shipped?
Completely agree. If a shop/vendor insists on doing a Friends & Family transfer, I would save the hassle. It may sound tempting to save a bit of money but it's definitely worth that 3% extra to have PayPal back you fully.I was robbed of $950 by a member here for audio equipment that he never sent. Because I paid PayPal Friends & Family, I could not charge back or dispute, my only recourse was to file a fraud case with my local Constable's Office. Never again. Had I paid Goods & Services, I could have filed a dispute and gotten my money back. I've done that before a few times, a couple of small things and one for a car I was buying on eBay that was significantly worse condition than the listing. All those times I had no issue getting my money back. Paying with a credit card is great if you're buying directly from a vendor, but so is PayPal. PayPal will charge them 3% fee, so if they ask to pay F&F, tell them you'll pay the 3% to pay G&S, it's worth the money for the ability to dispute later.