Originally Posted by carnageX
"Protection" as in...? like against fraudulent sales? I'd say you have more protection in that regard as you can have them power it on / use it right in front of you and you can see/hear any defects right away usually. If you mean 'personal protection'...then you setup the meeting in the lobby of your local police department
. I've heard several traders on Craigslist have done that.
Sometimes there can be delayed issues eg. laptop was dropped before buying it(you didnt know it was dropped) and only a week later after you buy it the issues start to appear, or you over look something and dont notice a issue (happens to everyone).
Also, I meant: guarantees, warranties, Distance Selling Regulations, amazon/ebay/ PC world/currys/ scan etc that can help if you have conflicts or issues with the seller or manufacture, paper trail, sellers info and of course previous feedback on the seller and the items sold.