if this product is purchased for an average size roof, one needs to order around 30 boxes (~ $3,300). PayPal covers only $200 of this purchase.
To install this product, the purchaser also needs matching accessories (valleys, ridges, gables, clips,..) which the seller also supplies - off-line: (Further contact is needed for accessories and freight estimates....).
I have already gone through the bidding process w/ him once before and the seller added the price for accessories to the final eBay purchase price and then demanded WU/bank draft for the entire purchase to proceed w/ shipping. Credit cards not accepted. Any other mode of payment is fine for as long as the money is in his bank before him shipping the product.
Even though it is possible to get matching accessories from another source, it is a good practice to get all as one package to avoid color mismatch and extra shipping costs.
Being risk-averse, I wonder if it is possible to complete this transaction with minimal risk in case this seller is unscrupulous. An acceptable risk would be to pay with a credit card, examine the goods for quantity and defects once received and should the shipment not match the order, being able to dispute (successfully) and reverse the charge. Getting $200 back from paypal and forfeiting $3100 wont work for me.
Any ideas how to go about this?