So someone in the reciprocal links have access to a site I want to buy an article on, and it costs $800. The site isn't relevant for my question though.
He asked for a deposit/prepayment of $300 and the rest of the $500 upon the article being posted. However, his join date says 2014 and only has 20 or so posts to his name.
So to be safe, I offered payment on these terms:
1. Escrow - I will pay for all fees
2. Or elance/freelancer or odesk
He countered with paypal. However I know paypal does not protect the buyer in terms of "digital goods" (i've been burned before where I lost a claim because the item was a digital good).
I think my terms were good since it offers both buyer and seller protection whereas, if I gave him $300 and he disappeared then I would be screwed. Essentially he wants me to take all the risk.
Should I just go ahead with this or should I trust my instincts and stay away from someone if they refuse to do something like this?