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Advice for buyers and sellers
Two additional pieces of advice for buyers and sellers alike. These are not official Toyota Nation positions but rather my own personal advice.
First is to send/receive payment via USPS (United States Postal Service) money order if at all possible. USPS money orders are available not only for domestic use but also for overseas purchases. When you purchase via USPS money orders you have the weight of the United States federal government behind you, and if anything should go wrong with your purchase/sale the USPS can verify whether the money order has been cashed and by whom, and they can and will prosecute for theft, mail fraud, and any number of other felonies that may be applicable to any individual sale gone bad. In the end, USPS postal inspectors will do almost all of the leg work involved in tracking down and dealing with the unscrupulous buyer/seller you have dealt with, and save you lots of time and headaches seeking justice for yourself.
Second word of advice is (for U.S. purchases) always send the product (or ask for it to be sent to you) via Registered Mail, Return Receipt Requested. What that does for you is the item is always, literally under lock and key while it is in transport to the other party and is therefore extremely well monitored and tracked, and in that way no one can say they didnít receive the item in question. Also, because items are under lock and key the insurance paid is much, much lower than if the package is sent First Class, Priority, or any other method. Return Receipt guarantees that the person who signed for the package is identified, and that the sender is notified when delivery has been completed.
USPS money orders and Registered Mail are two simple methods that go a huge way to making deals and purchases with a lot of confidence and ease. Give them a try for peace of mind.