I want to buy something from a VERY REPUTABLE Asian seller. They've got a lot of good references all over the internet. The only thing is, they are quite old-fashioned and so is their website.
They want you to send your order via UNSECURED FORM on their website and you should add your credit card information to be charged.
I tried to negotiate with them to pay via PayPal and that I would pay the extra expenses, but they are not interested as they don't have the PayPal account and all the other customers pay just with the unsecured form.
I'm used to paying online just via 3D-secure payment, so the only other idea I had, except sending my credit card via UNSECURED FORM, is to send them my credit card information via e-mail - ideally separate the info in two e-mails.
I know it's still not secure at all, but what is the safest option out of these two? Or is there any other option?
EDIT: The seller is in business for more than 10 years and there is no evidence about any fraud over the internet. I got another payment option and that is sending the credit card info to their FAX number. I have never used a fax and I don't have any access to the fax machine, but I have found some free/trial online fax services which offer secure fax send. Would this make any difference or is it just worse because the fax at the store just "spits out" a paper with my credit card info and anyone around the fax can take the paper?
Btw my card is a debit card and I use this just for online payments (there is not much cash on the card), I'm thinking about lowering the online payment limit to zero for a few weeks after they will charge it.