In order to buy items in the VideoGameGeek Marketplace you must do the following:
How do I protect myself from fraud?
1. Check the Seller's Feedback; Be cautious of sellers with little or no feedback, and take negative comments very seriously. Read feedback comments carefully. If the seller has only made purchases rather than sales, his feedback is not necessarily an indication of his selling reputation.
2. Compare Listings; Search for similar items to see if your item's price is fair-trade. Be suspicious of hard to find items offered at a very low price.
3. Choose PayPal Verified Sellers; If the seller is conducting business via PayPal, check that they are a Verified member of PayPal and has been a PayPal member for at least a couple of months. To check PayPal membership status, go to the "Send Money" tab on PayPal and initiate a payment to the seller. On the "Check the details of your payment" page, before the payment is sent, you'll see the seller's reputation link (e.g. Verified Premier Member) next to his email address. Click the link to see more information about the membership status.
3.5a The seller should not ask the buyer to cover their obligations. The Seller is responsible for paying the Marketplace commission fee and all Paypal seller fees. Per PayPal's terms the seller cannot ask the buyer to pay the fees related to "Goods and Services" directly, though a savvy seller will work them into the price or handling fee (which is fine).
3.5b When using Paypal, always pay using "Goods and Services". This payment method is for transactions related to buying and selling goods and offers the consumer protection from bad deals or potential scams. Be wary if a seller asks you to pay using the "friends & family" method. This option is for "gifting" money to someone and offers no consumer protection should a transaction go awry. Using the latter method for business transactions also defrauds Paypal.
4. Don't Sacrifice Caution for an Impulse Buy; Always shop with a level head. Take the time to research the item and get to know your seller before agreeing to buy. Don't buy if there isn't enough time to check for warning signs. Be especially cautious with high-demand items, particularly around the holidays and if something sounds too good to be true, ask yourself if the information in the item description sounds believable.
5. Be wary of items with delayed shipment; Pay attention to the advised delivery date. Delivery dates further than 20 days after your payment involve more risk.