I've bought and sold a lot of bikes at a distance because I live in a remote area. Always when paying or selling the money is in the seller's account before bike leaves possession. I always pay and take payment via e transfer. I am selling a bike right now and a couple people contacted me, I told them I can ship the bike (they're both real people, not Nigerian Princes). But neither is comfortable sending money up front. They both swear up and down they'll pay as soon as they get the bike and won't kick the tires, etc.. One buyer doesn't trust e transfer and the other just doesn't think the bike is real? I have a buddy that can bring them the bike, and I will pay his gas money (comes out of sale price) I don't like the idea. Thoughts? FYI: For American readers, e-transfer is a bank-to-bank payment transfer system in Canada, quite a bit different than paypal. Maybe you have it there?