i email people in advance and ask if they will accept cheques and so far no one has refused, most are happy to lose the fee that paypal charge them, but again i check the seller, the shops on ebay are usually pretty cheap, sometimes near trade price and they are usually happy to accept a cheque or have a phone number to pay by card, never had an issue so far.
i just cringe when i hear you guys say you paid by paypal for whatever then don't recieve goods and then have to go through all the hassle of a dispute thing and then win but still can't get your money back because they have taken the money out of their account, chaps my ass!
i have only ever bought relatively small priced items off ebay so don't feel to concerned about sending a cheque and i only buy off people on here who i know have been around for a while with a good retrobike reputation, for example i would send you anything in advance of cashing a cheque because i can tell from your posts and attitude and the fact that you have been stitched up before that you are trustworthy, same goes for several others.
i trust the regular mainstay retrobike forum members quite happily and lets face it there are no fees here for selling or commision (thank you john)
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