Originally Posted by bvdrummer
So I'm kind of in the early stages of trading a bass for another one and I'm new to this type of transaction. Am I correct that the safest way is for each of us to "buy" each other's bass through PayPal and just pay the 3% fee? We could trade without money but then it's easy for one party to just steal the bass right? Are there other ways that I haven't thought of? Obviously I'm talking about shipping and not meeting in person.
This one of those where it's strictly up to you and what you feel comfortable with. I've talked on the phone with people I've never met in person and decided they were worth taking a chance on and I've known people for years I don't trust any further than I can throw my house. No one else can be a substitute for you on such as this. If we guess wrong you still lose.
It's an obvious crap shoot unless you know the other individual really well, so all I can tell you is if for any reason you don't feel comfortable doing it, don't.