Buying & Selling Safely

United Baristas Market introduces new ways to buy and sell safely

Let’s keep the coffee community safe

Always buy and sell securely on United Baristas Market

  • Don’t pay strangers insecurely
  • Use the secure payment escrow service Paylax or benefit from PayPal’s buyer protections
  • Please rate our members of the community to establishment their trust
  • Report suspicious listings or users

Payment options

United Baristas Market makes it possible for the wider coffee community to buy and sell anything coffee-related. Sellers can now offer buyers a variety of payment options. The most suitable and secure depends on the purchasing circumstance and product type.

Meeting face-to-face

When buyer and seller are meeting face-to-face to exchange the item, it may make sense for the buyer and seller to agree to

  • payment on collection
  • cash on delivery

When meeting to exchange goods and payment, each party can check the goods are as described and that the funds are in order.

Established companies selling & business to business sales

Coffee companies can use United Baristas Market to advertise their products and services. In this case it may be suitable for you to make the transaction off United Baristas Market directly with the company via:

  • bank payment
  • payment on their website

United Baristas strongly advises buyers to check the veracity of listings and companies for entering into agreements and making payment for goods or services. These payment methods are typically better when buying from a business as companies have additional obligations that provide buyers will additional legal protections, compared to when they buy from an individual.

PayPal is ideal for lower-value peer-to-peer sales

There are a number of peer-to-peer payment services, including PayPal which provides additional buyer and seller protections as part of their service fee.

Fees are typically paid by the seller and can be high for larger value transactions. As the buyer you can always offer to part-pay the PayPal fees to provide yourself with additional protections.

Paylax ideal for higher-value sales

To enable buyers and sellers who do not know each other to buy and sell securely, we introduce Paylax escrow. This financially regulated service holds the funds in escrow and pays out when the buyer marks the transaction as complete. As well as being even more secure and easier to use than its predecessor (the payment escrow service), Paylax is typically cheaper and allows buyers and sellers to work out how to split the cost of the service amongst themselves. Paylax is recommended by United Baristas as the most safe and secure payment option for most transactions.