How to almost bullet proof yourself from unpaid items.... These steps have made my selling time so much more fun. My eBay My Account tab Site Preferences Buyer Requirements Edit Block Buyers without a PayPal account (eBay says 80% of NPBs have no PayPal) Block Buyers with 2 unpaid item strikes within 12 months (You have to select these, the default is 3 within 3 months I think, which is waaaaaayyy too generous) Block buyers with Policy Violations (4 within 6 months is the minimum setting) Block buyers with -1 feedback score Bonus extra option is to block people who are winning more than X items in 10 days. You can set the minimum feedback requirements. Don't get too carried away here or you might lose the dream multiple item buyer. The benefit here is that it stops people who are first time eBayers winning all your items in their excitement. I like new buyers, but I can't have them win all my items at once! They can always email me to ask for the restriction to be lifted if they are keen. Choose apply to current and future listings. (this last step is very very important.) Note: you can also block countries if you want to. You can now select individual countries from a region. Remember we live in a wonderful big world. There are people all over the world who are excellent bidders who would love to buy your item, if only they knew about it. (conversely, there are also not so nice people all over the world) You can then watch who is being blocked by these steps My eBay My account Site Preferences Buyer Requirements Buyer Requirements Activity Log I have used this to stare in amazement at the number of people with strikes who would have bid on my items. I have also used it to spot low feedback buyers who paid reliably and to grant them exemption from conditions. If you do find you have blocked one of your reliable new buyers, then just send them a note to explain it's not personal, just a filter and they will turn into wonderful repeat customers! Hope this is useful. Using these steps certainly improved my quality of life! Tip! You might want to copy this and print it out or save it to a new window... It's pretty long - lots of steps!