I posted a project asking for someone to prepare a basic and advanced course in a specific niche. The idea being that once I had gone through the courses myself I could then sell these on a membership site.
I didn't choose the cheapest bid but checked the guys feedback and he had lots of positive feedback in respect of the topic I needed. The guy asked me to pay him upfront and I suggested escrow. He sent me another email saying his reputation on scriptlance enabled him to request funds upfront.
Oh no I didn't - Oh yes I did I paid him direct to paypal. My instincts told me not to but being a newbie and wanting everything done yesterday I paid.
To cut a long story short the project went wrong I am left with 3 short reports just covering the basics of the topic. He has claimed that this is what we agreed and wants more money to do an advanced version.
I have checked paypal and it seems services is not covered by buyer protection. Now it is not as much the money it is the fact I have just wasted 2 weeks of my time.
Ok I have learned a valuable lesson, this is my first setback and I am sure there will be many more. So it's time to move on but I wanted to post this so no one else makes the same mistake I did.
The funny thing is I purchased my first WSO this week. It was a $5 report on the same subject and there was more relevant content in that than what I paid $250's for
Always use escrow