I too treat others the way I would like to be treated, unfortunately, some do not live by that simple tenet. The point, PayPal offers some level of protection from unscrupulous individuals. Had I sent a moneyorder to the individual for the items I purchased, I would have little if any recourse.
Try filing a complaint with the U.S. Postal Service for mail fraud, it would be an effort in futility. Nothing gives you 100% protection but you expect people to trust you enough to send a moneyorder or check, is your level of trust the same in them? If so, send them your goods while you wait for the moneyorder or check to arrive.
There is always risk, PayPal reduces it to an acceptable level their political stance notwithstanding.
I suppose there is always some level of risk. If this site had some kind of transaction feedback thread would that help? I accepted personal checks for a long time (naive I suppose) and I had to eat a few "insufficient funds" charges from my bank. Hard to digest. Greed is a terrible thing and it is killing our community and country.
I am not saying that is the case here. Perhaps it is an oversite. Benefit of doubt. I suppose I still have faith in the human race...
and no, I don't want to buy a bridge !
Is a transaction feed back thread with a search feature a possible consideration for both the buyer and seller?
This happening just once is too many times.
Assuming he will answer the phone, I seriously doubt it... I have not heard anything from him or PayPal either, although, my credfit card company issued a temporary credit for the full amount pending the investigation.
I too thought about contacting the credit card company, part was paid with money in the paypal account and the balance paid with the credit card. Something that came to mind is that paypal has access to a bank account of mine and could draw on it to off-set any refund that way with a penalty too boot? I don't know if I'm over thinking this or not and wish Nick Schneider (if that is really his name?) would simply deliver the end mills or authorize the refund.
PayPal is also tied to one of my bank accounts, I don't think they can just go and take the funds to offset any decision in my favor from the credit card company. I would file a dispute with credit card issuer as well as I did. I have no doubt we will get refunds, it's just a matter of when and as I said, I already have a temporary credit from card issuer which I believe will eventually be permanent.