Fairfax, VA asked in Collections, Consumer Law and Small Claims for Virginia

Q: I sold an item for about $200 over the internet who never paid. Buyer is in a different state. Am I able to collect?

I sold an item for about $200 over the internet to a member on Reddit. Since I had never sold before I had no reputation so I agreed to ship item and wait for payment after they received. I only did this since the other member had a long history on the forum so I assessed a low risk. After they received the item they confirmed the received and then spent a week telling me they were having trouble transferring money from their credit / debit card to paypal. Then I noticed they deleted the account on Reddit. Now they have stopped responding to text messages on their phone. Is there any way for me to get them to pay up perhaps using a collection agency? Buyer is in different state than seller.

1 Lawyer Answer
Mr. Andrew T. Bodoh Esq.
Mr. Andrew T. Bodoh Esq.
  • Richmond, VA
  • Licensed in Virginia

A: You can sue them, but that is not the same thing as collecting money. And there will be complications with suing them. And it will probably cost more to talk to an attorney about it than you will be able to afford. You could pursue the matter criminally, but that will likely not accomplish much.

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