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September 08, 2014, 10:29:47 PM
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So, I was planning on making a purchase via an escrow service (probably BTCrow).

Is there anything that I need be particularly wary of?

Are there any other escrow services that people here can recommend?

Thanks in advance.
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September 08, 2014, 10:37:26 PM
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I'm generally willing to use any of the top 5 providers on this list that are available at the time of the transaction:
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=276897.0
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September 08, 2014, 10:40:29 PM
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Thanks for that list.

I've heard of John K - the others are new to me.

Apparently I have a ton of research to do.

DannyHamilton - can I ask how it is that you're able to offer a free escrow service?
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September 08, 2014, 10:43:30 PM
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Check his trust :-)

he will 100% not scam you
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September 08, 2014, 10:53:07 PM
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DannyHamilton - can I ask how it is that you're able to offer a free escrow service?

I provide escrow free of charge as a community service for members.  If the volume or complexity of escrow requests becomes overwhelming, I may require a fee in the future. I am assuming the risk of holding the escrowed Bitcoins, and I am using my own time to facilitate this transaction. As such, if it does not represent a burden to do so, please consider sending a bitcoin gratuity after the satisfactory resolution of your transaction.

Offering escrow costs me nothing but time and effort. I get a sense of satisfaction for providing the community with a safe and reliable way to engage in bitcoin transactions, and so far that sense of satisfaction is worth the time and effort.

In the beginning I wasn't "offering" escrow.  Instead, I was being "requested". There were people who felt that I was trustworthy and reliable and they contacted me asking if I would help facilitate a transaction for them.  I didn't mind helping out, and so I agreed to act as a "middle-man" for those transactions.

After a few such transactions, someone suggested that I should let others know that I was willing to offer the service.  It sounded like a good way to give back to the community where I had learned so much. Eventually I created the "announcement" thread and added the link to my forum signature.

So far, it hasn't been overly burdensome. Some people who have used my service have sent me a gratuity after the completion of the transaction, and I am very appreciative of that compensation.
 
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September 09, 2014, 01:26:44 PM
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I'm generally willing to use any of the top 5 providers on this list that are available at the time of the transaction:
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=276897.0


I wouldn't go around recommending John K these days. He hasn't even posted since April and I'm pretty sure he isnt even offerng escrows anymore.

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September 09, 2014, 01:37:08 PM
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I'm generally willing to use any of the top 5 providers on this list that are available at the time of the transaction:
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=276897.0


I wouldn't go around recommending John K these days. He hasn't even posted since April and I'm pretty sure he isnt even offerng escrows anymore.

I agree that he is difficult to contact at the moment, and that he may choose not to handle escrow when requested.

Regardless, if you are able to contact him and if he is willing to handle the escrow, I still trust him and believe he'll handle it honestly and fairly.
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September 09, 2014, 01:41:50 PM
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John K was probably once considered the safest and most popular escrow choice but he did go awol for undisclosed reasons. Now it seems to be escrow.ms but he's even busy these days. DannyHamilton and Tomatocage also seem to be very popular but always do your own research before using any escrows.
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September 09, 2014, 02:47:43 PM
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newbie, please you guys should please on this escrow for more knowledge and the services at large thumb up for guys all 
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September 09, 2014, 05:59:23 PM
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I would think a trusted member of this site or even a MOD could help with escrow... Right?
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September 09, 2014, 06:06:04 PM
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I would think a trusted member of this site or even a MOD could help with escrow... Right?

Trusted escrows are available here

Read this post and others : https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=276897.0
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September 09, 2014, 06:41:54 PM
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What's that Escrow means ? is it something like a MM ? middleman ?
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September 09, 2014, 07:33:46 PM
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What's that Escrow means ? is it something like a MM ? middleman ?

Yes. A very trustworthy, reliable, honest, and fair middleman.
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September 09, 2014, 09:29:38 PM
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I would think a trusted member of this site or even a MOD could help with escrow... Right?

Trusted escrows are available here

Read this post and others : https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=276897.0

I thought John K. is no longer available?
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September 11, 2014, 09:14:27 AM
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That's an incredibly interesting question. And I'm glad you asked. I don't determine if it's prefer that in most countries however when you send a package deal for a product they will look at the weight with the package and you may ask to write down it in the box. Of course still can be bypassed. Along with other site like ebay using paypal this still can be created, btw i'm focusing on this problem and if anyone have suggestion regarding it he's welcome
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September 11, 2014, 11:49:19 AM
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I was thinking of using an escrow service, but decided to stick with the good old DHL. At least that way Im sure my investment is protected under some sort of security policy.
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September 11, 2014, 12:26:04 PM
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John K was probably once considered the safest and most popular escrow choice but he did go awol for undisclosed reason.

Well, he went MIA without making any announcement in advance, but he did explain it after the long breaks.

From Nov 2013 to Jan 2014: the reason was "heavy travelling"
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=412061.msg4463576#msg4463576

From Jan 2014 to April 2014: the reason was "personal emergency/health reasons"
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=516308.msg6247831#msg6247831

I thought John K. is no longer available?

Not 100% sure but IMO it is better to use more active but equally trusted escrows.

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September 12, 2014, 05:14:33 PM
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I don't know much about those things , but I guess I saw a list on bitcointalk :p you should check it out
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September 12, 2014, 10:15:11 PM
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John K was probably once considered the safest and most popular escrow choice but he did go awol for undisclosed reason.

Well, he went MIA without making any announcement in advance, but he did explain it after the long breaks.

From Nov 2013 to Jan 2014: the reason was "heavy travelling"
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=412061.msg4463576#msg4463576

From Jan 2014 to April 2014: the reason was "personal emergency/health reasons"
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=516308.msg6247831#msg6247831

I thought John K. is no longer available?

Not 100% sure but IMO it is better to use more active but equally trusted escrows.

It was very strange indeed! I always thought he was one of the most trustworthy members on the whole forum! And then these stories appeared. Has anyone found out if these claims are true? In case of the traveling I'd expect him to tell people in advance, but the health issue of course is something very personal and can't be planned!

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September 13, 2014, 11:56:57 AM
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Anyone can explain how to use escrow service? Huh
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