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Forum topic by dakremer posted 06-21-2017 09:51 PM 1120 views 0 times favorited 29 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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dakremer

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06-21-2017 09:51 PM

Hey Guys, I have a quick question for you:

I was private messaged the other day about building a prayer-kneeler (an old project of mine) for someone. They want me to cut all the pieces for them and mail it to them disassembled, so they can put it together. They only want the pieces cut, and they’ll put it together and sand/stain, etc.

With all the spam and cons going around, if I decide to do it, what’s the proper protocol to keep me safe? Anyone have experience doing this? I’ve never shipped something like this before. Thanks!

(how would we transfer money, best shipping methods, etc…)

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!


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#1 posted 06-21-2017 09:53 PM

Id start with a phone call.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#2 posted 06-21-2017 09:56 PM

If they are not an LJ member, report it to Cricket! If they are get a deposit up front for all of material cost, plus 10% of total price. When ready to ship, get remainder of price in full before shipping.

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dakremer

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#3 posted 06-21-2017 09:57 PM

It looks like they signed up to be an LJ member just so they could message me. I’m assuming they found my prayer kneeler on like google images or something….

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#4 posted 06-21-2017 10:01 PM

I’ve done work for people who contacted me through LJ, it was fine, but Papadan’s precautions are sensible.

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#5 posted 06-21-2017 10:05 PM

Cash up front, then ship. And make sure the check is good… I usually ask for a USPS money order for that reason.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#6 posted 06-21-2017 10:06 PM

I get 50% of any paid job up front, even in person local work. That way if the deal falls through, I’m not out even if I use the project for fire wood.

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dakremer

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#7 posted 06-21-2017 10:07 PM

How about payment through paypal? Or would you suggest that they mail me a money order?

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#8 posted 06-21-2017 10:16 PM

I would never accept a money order, cashier’s check, moneygram or personal check. All way too easy to make and fake. Personally, I’d only accept verified PayPal.

Deposit upfront for materials +10%, full payment cleared before shipping.

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#9 posted 06-21-2017 10:17 PM

Paypal can be easily contested and they can get their money back before you get a chance to stop the shipment. I would require a money order.

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dakremer

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#10 posted 06-21-2017 10:19 PM

Thats what I was worried about with Paypal

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#11 posted 06-21-2017 10:21 PM

This is simply not the sort of request a
scammer would make, imo. I’d prefer
a money order because Paypal does
charge a percentage and as Papadan says,
the buyer can make trouble.

For something small like the prayer bench
kit I would just get all the money up front
and ship as quickly as I could.

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#12 posted 06-21-2017 10:35 PM

Nothing wrong with payment in advance all other businesses want to be paid before the ship.

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#13 posted 06-21-2017 10:58 PM

Overall paypal from a verified address is pretty safe. I have accepted paypal for my business for over 10 years. The chargeback process is much more fair than any credit card processor we have used. We have found that paypal will generally side with the merchant as long as you have some verification that you shipped the item. But you will most likely pay about 3% for the transaction fee.

A postal money order is about as secure as you can get. Once you get the MO head on down to the Post Office and cash it. You will walk out with cash in a few minutes and you are good to go. No cost to you except for the drive to the PO.

On such a small project I do not think I would mess with deposit/10% down/etc. If they are not going to pay 100% up front is it worth your time? You could spend more time dealing with the process and payment then you do making the pieces.

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PRGDesigns

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#14 posted 06-21-2017 11:03 PM

+1 a1Jim. That way you can make sure whatever type funds you receive are good before you ship.

+1 Loren – way to specific a request for a scam. Assuming the order is stateside vs international?

I’ve sold items through PayPal w/o an issue.

Just my opinion. Take it for what it’s worth, i.e. what you paid for it…....

-- They call me Mr. Silly

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Loren

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#15 posted 06-21-2017 11:17 PM

Yeah, I would take Paypal on something small
like this, personally. Paypal does a good job
of protecting buyers and sellers. I’ve been
on both sides of the equation.

Once I sold a collectible boardgame to a buyer
in the UK and (I suspect) when he got the
slip from the post office telling him to come
on down and pay the substantial duty, he
changed his mind, didn’t pick it up and
waited for the item to be returned… then
complained. I had to refund his money
and shipping costs in order to continue
doing business with Paypal. It was unfair
but I do see their point of view.

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