Steam join date: Oct 16, 2005
Steam Level: 36
Profile Status: Public
What's worse is those "I will not charge back" messages probably don't do anything at all, aside from making some PayPal employee squint their eyes. The only deterrent is the damage to the person's credit rating (which makes chargeback stupid for small purchases), assuming the PayPal account isn't stolen as well.
(edit: ugh, my brain's not working right now. sorry for the earlier tone of my message, since you're the victim and all. But keep in mind the chargeback will likely have a temporary effect on your credit rating...it lasts around a few months iirc)
I've been wondering about this because I'm somewhat dreading the day where I get involved with any big ticket item. (most likely as a buyer) The idea of hunting down 15 buds or something drains my will to even do such a transaction. When I made my first ever virtual sale (in '98) the buyer actually mailed me a standard check, but now we all know even those can easily be cancelled.
Apart from meeting a trusted local middleman at a local Starbucks with an envelope of cash and a laptop, what methods out there would make a nervous seller at ease? I think cashier's checks might be one option...