I think the seller has the obligation to deliver the goods and the buyer ha s the obligation to deliver the payment. If it was a small amount, then it should be no big deal. If it was a larger amount, then the buyer was foolish to send cash. He should have PayPaled or sent a check, which can be cancelled if lost. The buyer should pay again, this time in a safer form. The only way the seller should suffer for lost cash is if he insis ted on receiving cash over the objections of the buyer. I recently maile d a check to another CR member for bike parts to the wrong street number. After about 3 weeks for a check mailed Priority Mail, I went to the b ank and stopped payment. The fees have become outrageous, and the bank c harged me $29 to stop payment on the $500 check. Of course, I returned h ome from the bank to find the returned letter in the mailbox with the now u seless check. I tore it up and sent another, being more careful about th e address this time. An annoying and expensive lesson, but to me there wa s no doubt that I had an obligation to deliver the payment. The seller c annot be made to suffer for lost payments.
Big Spring, Texas, USA
From: Dale Brown <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: [CR]Ethical question as applies to Vintage bike parts transactions ... To: email@example.com Date: Monday, December 15, 2008, 10:54 AM
Here is a situation that we all could find ourselves in.
Two reliable, mature & honest CR members agree to a transaction.
Person A ships object to Person B & he receives it.
Person B sends the correct amount of cash to person A.
Person A does not receive payment, it is lost in the mail. A year long wait prove this...
Who is responsible for the loss? Who is "out", the seller or the buyer?
Dale Brown Greensboro, North Carolina USA http://www.classicrendezvous.com