I sold a Seiko Alpinist watch which I made an auction of in Ebay.com
A man from S.A. offered me $525.00 incl. shipping costs but wanted to buy out of eBay.
As I soon got a Paypal "pending" payment I was happy.
I got a separate message from Paypal I had to prove shipping of the watch before they would credit the payment.
They told me it was because of sellers who want money but did not ship the Item.
I send them a mail with a photo of my shipping invoice + tracking number.
I got a mail back they needed some time to check it...allright.
But later I thought do they really need a week for it?
I asked and they told me there was some confusion about another payment of that buyer of $820.00 and they coudn't separate the 2 amounts anymore????
I thought how strange and unprofessional this was.
Today I contacted Paypal in the Netherlands and they told me there was no payment at all. They would never give info about other payments to a third party because of privacy rules!!
I contacted PostNL because the package was in S.A. but not delivered yet to ask them to block the shipment.
They would do nothing for me! Go to the police they said.....
As a last chance I asked S.A.Post to block it and now I'm waiting for an answer.
This whole story is meant to be a warning to be carefull when a "buyer" wants to trade out of eBay.
Be sure the money is yours and than ship it to the buyer.
Here is the proof of shipping: