An escrow service holds the buyer's money until the buyer receives and inspects the item. Once the buyer inspects the item, the service releases payment to the seller. If there is a problem with the item, the buyer can reject the item and return it to the seller. Upon receipt of the item by the seller, the buyer's money is refunded. If the buyer wishes to use an escrow service, the buyer should contact the seller using "Ask Seller a Question" link prior to placing a bid on the item or purchasing the item. It is up to the seller to determine if they wish to accept payment through an escrow service.
Many escrow services will not handle firearm transactions. These escrow services are known to handle firearm transactions:
Tradiator.com: When Escrow is used, payment is sent to Tradiator instead of the seller to hold until the buyer receives and is satisfied with the item. Tradiator.com also offers auction dispute resolution and mediation services. Click here to visit the Tradiator Web site.
PaySAFE acts as neutral third party to hold purchase funds securely until you, the buyer, have verification that your item has shipped, or the item has arrived and you've been given the opportunity to inspect it. Buyers are protected against unintentional or willful misrepresentation of an item. Sellers know you're a serious buyer, as all funds are verified up front, eliminating the risk of non-payment. Click for more information about PaySAFE and to see how the escrow process works.