Paypal Trading Best Practices
Use these guidelines to help reduce risk when trading with paypal.
This list represents the most comprehensive approach accumulated from months of trading, getting paypal scammed myself, talking with others who have been scammed, and talking with senior Paypal staff on multiple occasions (including a supervisor who has done game-for-paypal trading in the past).1. ALWAYS first check if the user is listed as a scammer at SteamRep or SourceOP
via the lookup tool located here
(click here for more info
). Also, consider making them join a reputable server before any trading occurs (the lookup tool has a delay before bans will appear in it).2. Realize and accept the danger of paypal trading.
If the user claims unauthorized usage of their credit card/bank account later on, there is nothing you can do. 3. Gain as much trust in the buyer as possible.
__A. Avoid selling to users with private backpacks
__B. Prefer selling to users with a history of transactions several months long.
__C. Prefer selling to users with a reputable steam account
____i. Has been around at least a year.
____ii. Has lots of games on the account.
____iii. Has played those games for lots of hours (especially TF2).
__D. Prefer users who have incentive to protect their reputation. E.g.
____i. Are they admin on a reputable server?
____ii. Are they well-known in the community?
____iii. Do they have a community weapon?
____iv. Are they a SourceOP trusted seller?
__E. Consider calling them over the phone, or via other forms of personal contact.
__F. See if they are friends with trusted community members. If so, ask these trusted people if they can vouch for the person.
_________________4. Prefer smaller payments from multiple people
__A. Sell your Sunbeams Kabuto for 7 max heads, rather than for $700.
__B. Sell your 7 max heads to 7 different people, not all to the same person. 5. Recognize if the deal is too good to be true, it probably is
. Use caution if someone wants to buy all your expensive items, is unsolicited, doesn't really know what they're buying, or is overpaying/willing to pay whatever you want for them. 6. Request funds sent as a gift
(to prevent "item not received" claims). To check, in paypal click "details" and look at the transaction's payment type. It will say "instant" if it was gifted.7. Write down the buyers steam id and paypal purchase info
and save it somewhere for future reference. (In case he later disputes it with paypal, you can remember who he was and get him banned.)
There's always risk when money is involved. But it can also be very safe and a lot of fun if you find trustworthy people to trade with.