I had the same problem! Andy (Moderator here,) took money in an envelope... however it was at my own risk.
I've made arrangements quite a few times with people in the same position to get their order done. I've never had the money not show up, not saying it never will... but I've yet to have a problem. ...I say this as I'm waiting for some apparently lost Nep seeds to arrive. haha
For the record, stores can store your CC information- I'm not sure if it's enough for that person to use the card or otherwise steal your info... But I have seen the option to have payment information stored. I DO NOT. Also, if you select paypal as your payment method (also available in my store) i cannot see your payment information what so ever- they are completely 3rd person and do not pass along anything other than what we need to know (payment received, confirm shipping address etc.)
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PayPal is good. I've never had a problem (knock on wood). Or, if there is ever a problem, well, PP HQ is only a couple miles down the road from me.
All of the above advice is very good. I can't be sure, but I think, IMHO, that you are more likely to have your credit/debit card scanned & scammed while you're eating out than having it scammed online.
I have always recommended to people I talk to to take eBay's "spooftorial." Let me see if I can find it.... Ah! Here we go. http://pages.ebay.com/securitycenter/index.html Here is the page it's on, plus a few more new ones. Look to the left; read the first five, then continue, if you wish.This was written for eBay, but it is applicable everywhere. I used to be a regular participant in the forums there, but when they changed the format, I didn't like the change, and left.
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some envelopes are very thin flimsy paper..if you just stick some cash in it, the money will be visable to the world!
So if you do mail cash, or a check, in the mail, make sure you use a "safety envelope" that is somewhat opaque..plus wrap the check or cash in a sheet of plain copy paper..just to make it more difficult for someone to hold the envelope up to the light and see the cash or check within..
IMO, only buying from the "big" shops is MORE risky than buying from the small shops..(as long as the small shops have a secure webpage for ordering, and most do) only because the big places are much more likely to be hacked..Amazon.com is probably a constant target for hacker criminals, while "Joe's nursery" in a small town, isnt..(of course amazon probably has better security too..but still..you see the point..I doubt any legitimate on-line CP nursery is any more "risky" than any large national "catalog" nursery..)
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I've mailed cash before. Some few times that I have for most people it DID get there just fine. For another person who sent me some plants (aquatic) it didn't get there, twice. Now, I have no reason to believe that this person would try to scam an extra $5 out of me, so I have to believe it was someone handling the mail on her end (on mine, I've never had a problem). Lesson learned, though, cash through the mail is a VERY bad idea.
Ditto on the identity theft. It's FAR more likely that some unscrupulous employee at location X is randomly saving and using or selling the information gained. It's also usually not your id that's stolen, but just your CC (or debit card) number, expiration, name, and CVC. This recently happened to the owner of the company I work for. He was on vacation with his family. As it happens, when they're out, they usually use HIS debit card. Except one morning he had to be out early so his wife took the kids to the same restaurant that they'd been to a day or so before. She used her card for the first time in months, and didn't use it again after that. He happens to check and noticed the few dollar and dime charges before anything bad happened. The thing is, they were doubled, one for each debit card, for services (usually porn site access or something like that), not goods to be shipped. This is how it usually happens, first a charge of a few cents, then a few dollars, then maybe ten or twenty dollars, then the sky's the limit. Another reason why monitoring your accounts PERSONALLY is so important. I've had it happen twice already. The second time, I knew exactly which location was responsible (long story) and went back and complained. Of course, they insisted none of their employees would ever do that. but, as it happened, a few other people in my area also had the problem at around the same time and ALL had been to this particular place within days of it happening. Anyway, long diatribe short, your parents are in more danger of CC theft using their cards face to face than they are, really, online, but nothing you say can, nor should it, change their minds. It's their money and their prerogative to do what they will. So, I'd look at alternatives, like gift cards, before I'd try to talk them into letting you use their cards online.
k dods has a point the gift card..... i have gotten them as gifts and used them to buy cps online save up some money and go to the local shopping mart most have them on a rack with phone cards and other gift cards. Dont get one for a specific store find one thats a straight visa or amex gift card, That way u can add more too it in future and the card isnt even atached to your name let alone ss number or anything else.
Yup. The ONLY problem is if you lose it, you have no real recourse.
Paypal. There is your answer my friend.
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I'm 14 and my parents really don't care. They do but not if i use paypal.