you should be protected AS LONG AS YOU SHIP TO THE PAYPAL ADDRESS.
If a person in maine (that is verified) wants you to ship to utah, DO NOT do this. (or any mismatched address or state) paypal only covers you IF you have proof of shipping to the paypal address, if not, you can be screwed.
PayPal will back the seller on default if its not through Ebay. I sold something on Craigslist through PayPal. The guy ordered the wrong shock size and wanted to return it, he said it was broken (it was not).
Anyway, PayPal closed it right away because they don't resolve disputes over craigslist. Good for me since I was the honest one in this case. But if you do get the wrong thing or something damaged from buying off craigslist you can't get your money back from PayPal like you could with Ebay.
Along those lines I am assuming this is probably a scam then?
"Thanks for the reply, i am buying this as a birthday gift for dad
and i am at sea at the moment as i am a marine engineer and due to the
nature of my work,phone calls making and visiting of website are
restricted but i squeezed out time to check this advert and send you
an email regarding it. I really want it to be a surprise for dad
so i wont let him know anything about it until it gets delivered
to him , i am sure he will be more than happy with
it.i will make the payment via paypal because i dont have access
to my bank account online as i dont have internet banking, but i can
pay from my paypal account, as i have my bank a/c attached to it, i
will need you to give me your paypal email address so i can make the
payments asap and if you dont have paypal account yet,
it is very
easy to set up,just go to www.paypal.com and get it set up , after you
have set it up i will only need the e-mail address you use for
registration with paypal so as to put the money through.I have a pick
up agent that will come and pick it up after i have made the
payment, so all you need to do now is to get back to me with your
paypal email so that i can send you the money soon and i will also like to see more pic
if available "
Ive bought and sold a lot of items via ebay, and also a lot of items just using paypal. One thing I would suggest if you are selling an item or buying an item is never just send or accept a payment. The seller should create an invoice for the sale, and the buyer should accept and pay that invoice. Dont just paypal someone 200 bucks and say 'payment for rockshox fork'.
I always use an 'invoice' for my purchases/ sales.
If Im selling an item, I will send a 'request for funds' and create an invoice for the item in questions. Lets say Im selling a pair of pedals. I will write up a detailed description of the item ie:
QTY 1: Pair of Shimano 535 SPD pedals, color black, brand new unused condition, includes owners manual, original box, and pedals with cleats. (if there is a specific size for the item, or say its a fork with a 20mm axle, tapered etc. I include each and every one of those details, down to the manufacturer part number for the fork if I can find it.
Price includes shipping (or put a separate price for the shipping).
Then below that, I paste this into each and every paypal sale I do:
Please review item description and terms prior to payment.
Items Will ship via UPS Ground within the USA; UPS Standard to Canada;
USPS Express Mail Intl all other international locations. All non US buyers
please include your phone number with your address for customs info.
All items will be fully insured for purchase price upon shipping.
Item will ship to the address provided via paypal upon payment of this invoice.
Canada and International only: Buyer is responsible for any taxes,
brokerage, duties, customs, fees etc. related to delivery.