Originally Posted by Conspiracy
thanks you have helped a lot. i want to avoid potn since i dont do paypal and my parent would kill me for doing it because they think ill get screwed. ill check out this fred miranda site. if i find a affordable used canon 10-22 ill totally do that since i know the quality will be much higher than the sigma
Well, with POTN, the sellers are often very good, just be sure to ask for credentials (eBay feedback, POTN feedback). Same with Fred Miranda. A lot of people here at OCN have bought at POTN, like reincarnated who I believe has bought everything he's ever owned used from POTN.
If you don't use Paypal, you can always ask if the seller will take alternatives (check, money order), but Paypal is usually favorable to buyer anyway in disputed purchases. Just NEVER agree to pay a seller with a Paypal Gift, because you lose all buyers' rights.
And get a bank account and/or debit card for online purchases (or use a Paypal account). You save a TON of money over B&M prices, which are always at least retail or higher. Plus there's no sales tax for online purchases, (unless you live in the same state as where the website's HQ/warehouses are located) which can add up when purchasing camera gear in the hundreds and thousands of dollars.