Originally Posted by brian3069
Use PayPal, pay the extra 3%. Otherwise you have no recourse.
I've done this before. I made a best offer that the seller said he couldn't accept due to ebay's fees. He offered me the bike at my offer price for paypal gift or a money order.
The seller was knowledgeable, friendly, and trustworthy, but it was still well worth my money to spend an extra ~$15 to cover the fees on a $570 purchase (using the paypal purchase option instead of "gift"), just in case something went wrong.
DON'T do anything that is a gift or instant money transfer of any kind, unless you're not afraid of losing the money.