I know, I'm an idiot.
I posted a WTB ad last week wanting to buy a 5D. My inbox is pretty full so I say on the ad to contact me via email. A person contacted me from Arizona wanting to sell their 5D. After asking for feedback they sent me a link to an eBay profile since they have no other feedback anywhere else. Ok. Cool. No feedback for the past year, but 68 positive reviews from the past couple years. After a little negotiating I got it down to $900.
I sent the payment on late Sunday night/early Monday morning.
Now, whenever I buy/sell camera gear I tend to be very speedy in shipping out and I guess I stupidly expect everyone to be the same. I had sold my other camera the same day, packaged it, then sent it out the next morning. I know different people have different situations and maybe they couldn't make it to the PO, fine, but at least let me know when you plan on doing it, right?
After sending a paranoid email asking why they havent been responsive (they were pretty responsive before I sent the payment) I get a 'no need to worry. dont be paranoid. i'll send you the tracking # when I ship it' response. Awesome. Not paranoid anymore.
But wait. I just remembered I paid with PayPal Gift. They dont have my address (is this correct? I had a friend send me a dollar via PayPal Gift last night and I could not find his address anywhere). So I send another e-mail. Two, to be exact (I'm paranoid remember?) One asking if they needed my address, another asking when they plan on shipping. Both sent yesterday. Actually I sent another e-mail saying that I'll need it next week for a shoot. And I get the same short response: "Hey Louie, once I ship it out I will inform you. Thanks"
I also contacted their eBay profile to make sure it was the same person and I got the same response. "Once I ship it out, I will inform you".
This has only been a few days, but things are getting pretty sketchy. Right? Or am I being paranoid? I know that since I paid with PayPal Gift, I am not covered. Is there anything else I can do? This gives me anxiety. I've been scammed before, but never when dealing with this much money.