Re: Buying an instrument from Craigslist
You guys could coordinate an auction on e-bay with a buy it now price of what you agreed to. Then make the payment via paypal. He'll lose the paypal fee (or you'll pay it) for that added bit of security. Requires a bit more work on each of your parts but there are some protections for each of you via e-bay and pay-pal.
Other than that idea (which I've never tried), it may just have to be a leap of faith.
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