If I've learned one thing from hanging out on eBay forums (and being defrauded twice on big purchases on eBay) it's never to send a money order or check. You might as well send cash to a stranger and kiss it goodbye. Sure, there are scrupulous sellers who won't take Paypal - but I wouldn't buy from them. Over and over, it's been drilled into me on the buyers' community forums on eBay to never use money orders or checks (or cash!) Bidpay is apparently trustworthy now that it has divorced itself from Western Union - but I got a specific warning about Western Union and wire transfers from eBay just recently. For me, it's paypal (backed up by Amex) or nothing. In the past week, about half the handbags I'm interested in are "money order only" auctions.