I am a Paypal account user and also a seller on Ebay. I have been using Paypal for over ten years without any issues, and is my most preferred method of payment from buyers on Ebay. For one to have a Paypal account, he/she must have a valid checking account, as well as a valid credit card account as an alternative form of payment. If you have an account on Paypal, it will transfer money from the buyer to your checking account within 3 business days.
Although Craigslist is somewhat risky, I too have sold several items on it--but for cash only. If this buyer is legit and offering $17k for your trailer, then one test you can do with him/her is to ask for either an earnest money of $1,000 or a down payment of $5,000. Then, once you have received the deposit via Paypal, then you know it's legit.
Feel free to PM me if you need more info on Paypal.
Originally Posted by snicholas1
I am purchasing a new Jayco and listed my old trailer on Craigslist. I got a reply last evening from someone who says they are in the military and buying it as a surprise for a cousin and want to pay $17,000 on pay pal and then pick it up right away. I have never used pay pal and am wondering if anyone has experience with this. I am worried it might not be legit. They are willing to pay asking price without actually seeing the trailer.