I don't like PayPal either. They seem to be far too hand-in-glove with Ebay for my liking.
I use two alternatives. The first is Nochex click here but this is not widely used. I've no idea why, it's independent and fast and i've never had a problem with it.
The second method is to hit 'ask the seller a question', and the question is: 'will you accept a nochex payment/personal cheque/postal order etc' (delete as appropriate). It is far more common for the seller to agree (particularly if you have a good rating) than not.
I've only ever paid for anything I have bought on ebay by cheque. Never had any problems. In fact, sometimes I have received the item within a couple of days after sending the cheque, which must say something about my feedback count.
A number of sellers now appear to use Nochex. Its straight forward and very simple to use, and you do not need to open an account like you do with PayPal.But you will need to use plastic for prompt payments. The alternative is the waiting game of sending a cheque, cash or more speedier and secure method of Payment on Collection.At least with PoC, you are 100% sure that the transaction will be in your favour, distance and time permitting of course.
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