I want to sell a ring worth more than 10 000 euros. There is a one guy in France who is interested. I told him I am not in France yet, but will be there probably the next month. He said he is about to make a proposal to his girlfriend, so he wants it in the next few days.

I would accept to come, but I want to be sure he wouldn't cancel it.
How to tell him to pay in advance at least for the urgent travel into his country ?

The route would cost for about 400-500eu.

  • tell him to pay for your flight :)
    – warren
    Apr 21, 2014 at 15:50
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    Have you considered using an escrow service (of YOUR choice)? Apr 21, 2014 at 16:39
  • Why not have him come to you? Or at the least have him just pay for your ticket? Perhaps if he buys the ring then you'll discount the purchase by the ticket cost... that way everyone wins.
    – mlathe
    Apr 21, 2014 at 16:40
  • @ChrisInEdmonton - never heard about it. Isn't it similiar to paypal's payment process ? Apr 21, 2014 at 18:27
  • @mlathe - I bet he wouldn't even think to come to buy something like that in foreign country. I told him today, if he want, I can come tomorrow but he should deposit at least 400eu to my paypal account. Waiting for his answer Apr 21, 2014 at 18:30

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I would ask for a down payment of 1000 Euros through paypal or a similar payment source. If he backs out, he forfeits the 1000 eu. If that happens your airfare is covered plus some spending money.

If he does not cancel then the down counts towards payment.

In order for him to feel safer, I would take a pic of the ring with today's paper, or something that can be dated as recent.

Keep in mind you guys can meet at a bank to do the exchange. This way you both feel safer.

The bottom line is what are you willing to do to sell the ring at that price?

  • Thank you for answer, I was thinking about paypal too. What concerns about Banks - never thought that's possible, I will search more about it. Apr 21, 2014 at 18:37
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    Would the seller really be protected? Couldn't the PayPal payment be disputed and reversed by the buyer? Apr 21, 2014 at 19:52
  • I'am wondering also, if I will be protected ? ie.: couple hours after our meeting, can he safely be refunded without my approval throught paypal? Apr 22, 2014 at 11:05

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