This would be put on my list of "websites to create", probably won't get to it for a few weeks as I already have two other sites in progress.
Anyway, I'm thinking about setting up an escrow service website. Biggest problem I have right now is the resolution of conflict. If I take the paypal route, anyone with a tracking # showing proof of shipment would be awarded the bitcoins. However, I know sellers are known to rip people off by sending bricks, notebooks, etc to buyers in place of the actual items.
Is there any way that anyone can see to prevent this? Obviously, taking pictures doesn't help, as the buyer could have just as easily filled the box with his own bricks. I thought about unboxing videos, but the buyer could have also used his own bricks, then resealed the box. Aside from videoing nonstop from the point of the mailman delivering the package, I can't think of any way for the buyer or seller to really verify with 100% proof that they did indeed uphold their end of the deal.
Another option is to "hook in" to my feedback website, to where any complaints against a buyer or seller result in a negative feedback against that person. However, I know that many people may want to use an escrow service anonymously, so I'd want to be sure to be able to service their requests as well.
I could always go the clearcoin route of having coins donated to a charity if the seller doesn't produce the goods. But that still poses a significant risk to the seller. I would like to alleviate the risk to both parties.
Also, this is not "just another escrow service". I have a twist on it that will definitely help buyers and sellers. I'm excited to reveal the completed site down the road.
What would the community like to see out of an escrow service?