NOTE - Before you ever make an offer on an item you should ensure they are following all of TechPB's BST rules in regards to the photo of their item as well as the selling format. Please also before you send funds do your research, check their feedback, get all of their information etc.
The seller will then either accept or deny your offer, if they accept they will then set the item as "pending" to you and state how much it is going for. At this point even if someone offers more the seller SHOULD NOT give it to them, the item is pending to you, it is a deal that is sealed and it is yours unless you fall through on your end.
From here they should PM you their paypal email address, in return you send them your shipping address through PM.
You should also get their personal information, such as first and last name, home phone number (don't accept just a cell), call the home number to confirm it, get their address and cross reference that with something like Canada 411 online (I'm sorry I don't know what you'd use in the US but use the equivalent) to make sure that their phone number and address matches. Get their primary email address and maybe even a driver's license number. If they are under 18 years of age for the love of god talk to their parents to make sure their parents are first off aware of the transaction and are okay with it. This is could greatly help to avoid any issues happening with the deal. Also even something like searching google for their username with the word "scammer" attached may be a good idea, perhaps that same name has been used else where to conduct a scam and a google search will likely bring up any information on it. You may not choose to do all of these things but anything you can do to add another level of assurance is important.
Now a post should be made in the ad stating your agreement, what item is being sent, how it is being shipped (USPS/UPS/Fedex) as well as how long the seller has to ship it out. If it will be insured or not, as well as how much is being paid for the item and how it is being paid for. Also it should be stated who is paying/shipping first. This agreement is your contract, this states the terms of the deal for all (especially mods) to see so if anything goes wrong we know EXACTLY what the deal was and who has went wrong. Once all of this information is posted it should be agreed upon by the other party before any items are shipped or payment is sent.
You should now pay the money and keep a copy of the receipt paypal gives you, perhaps print it, or copy and paste it into notepad and save it, most important thing being the payment confirmation number, though paypal also retains a copy.
From here the seller will receive the funds and receives an email stating they've received money at this point they should ship out your item within an agreed upon time, such as 2 business days being agreed upon as acceptable. Within 2 business day (if that is what is agreed upon) he should in turn provide you with a tracking number for your item and naturally package the item properly to prevent any damage being done to it.
Any deviation from this process isn't really recommended.....at all.
If you are trading.
If you are trading an item it is important that both of you agree on who ships first and any other terms you may have, if cash is to be added, how much? How will the money be sent? When will it be sent?
Note for Sellers
Please be open to any questions a buyer is asking you, if for some reason you are uncomfortable answering a question in regards to personal information please PM a Mod to ask their advice or confer with your parents. Also PLEASE for the love of god ask your parents before listing an item, I've had a few deals fall through now because they were about to ship and their parents stepped in and said "You're not doing that!". Please, okay everything with your parents first, once you have reached a deal please have them look over the details of it and give their okay before accepting money or products. Also be sure to follow our BST rules and present the product in it's true condition, we aren't fond of people ditching their broken gear on people with the "It was fine when I sent it out" excuse, we don't buy it.
Edited by CrazyLittle, 13 April 2011 - 12:27 AM.