Date: 8/21/20 3:55 PM
Author: Chris Brady
Chris Brady

Safer & Easier Person-to-Person Marketplace Deals

During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, a large challenge for many people is using person-to-person online marketplaces. As a seller, how can you maintain safe social distance while still maintaining a business through Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, or OfferUp? As a buyer, how can you benefit from the notable savings available on peer-to-peer marketplaces without meeting the buyer in person. For those in the U.S. who make ends meet by hustling deals on these websites, PayOnDelivery is here to help with our cashless payment system and no-contact delivery options.

Why Use Online Marketplaces?

A 2019 survey by NPD shows that the average American household has over $7,000 worth of unused stuff that could be sold online. That much money can help relieve financial stress caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. And there’s never been a better time to sell via social media. According to Salesforce, 63% of Millennials in the U.S. and 67% of Gen Z in the U.S. have bought something over social media since the pandemic started. Further, 27% of U.S. Millennials would prefer buying holiday gifts via social media this year. When translated to raw numbers, that’s roughly 106 million people who are buying via social media. It is a demonstrably massive and active group of buyers.

And because there are so many people interested in buying, there has never been a better time to shop online either. New listings go up every day, and the variety and diversity of things for sale now has reached an unprecedented new level. Look for items on Facebook Marketplace that you had a hard time finding before the pandemic began, and you’re likely to find a few lightly used versions, a vintage version, and many mid-range options. The choices available are staggering.

PayOnDelivery: The Safer Answer to Completing Deals in Person

This probably goes without saying, but there are two reasons to avoid completing a deal in person.

  1. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we all need to avoid crowds as much as possible. Effective social distancing requires a lot of preparation. Further, you cannot guarantee that the person you plan to meet will wear a mask, nor that they will stay six feet away from you.
  2. At any time, it simply is a bad idea to carry large amounts of cash on you when meeting up with a stranger who knows you will have that amount of money on your person.

PayOnDelivery mitigates both of these situations.

How PayOnDelivery Helps

At PayOnDelivery, we pride ourselves on offering an easier way to get great deals. Whether you’re buying or selling, we offer hassle-free features that most online person-to-person marketplaces lack. We do all this without asking anyone to abandon their favorite marketplace. Everything we do is just a link away.
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Cashless Payment

PayOnDelivery is a cashless payment platform. Our original goal was to take the hassle out of showing up to parking lots with pockets full of cash, and with COVID-19, we’re doubling down on the importance of not meeting up and not carrying cash. We accept all major credit cards, and we validate payment methods.

Delivery to Anywhere in the U.S.

We’ve partnered with Roadie, FedEx, and PostMates to give you multiple options for receiving your stuff, and we’re able to deliver anything up to about the size of a couch.


You need to know that your deal is a good deal, which is why PayOnDelivery offers validation for both the buyer and the seller. For sellers, we confirm that the payment card information is valid, which means you can rest assured that you will be paid. For buyers, we offer a 24-hour try-out period, which gives you the ability to confirm that what you bought is as described. Your deal is not processed until the end of the 24-hour period, and if something turns out to be not quite right, you can return it with no questions asked.

Making a deal through PayOnDelivery has benefits for everyone. Find out more in our FAQs.

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