Yup, I've used it on a number of occasions. There is an option to have the person pay only in cash, and to have a signature upon receiving the parcel. Typically the P.O. will send a note of delivery for the receiver. If they don't pick it up in 2 weeks (give or take) it will be shipped back to you.
It costed me approximately $15.00 to ship to Alberta, give or take.
COD is probably better than sending a certified cheque, but you still won't be sure whats in the box til long after the delivery guy is gone. You're best bet is to know the seller. Ask for his phone number (not a cell phone). Ask for his address. make sure the phone# matches the address. Check if he has an ebay history. Work number or email?
What I'm telling you is you make sure you have multiple, permenant, contact locations. A person is not likely to sell his house and quit his job to screw you out of a few hundred bucks.
Andreww, I got all the info and have just called the seller. He's been extremely patient and answered all my questions - if anything I've gone (waaayyy!) overboard with the checking and double-checking. There's such a thing as overkill, I guess.
Anyhoo, it's all set for a C.O.D. transaction. Hopefully there'll be good feedback in a week or so; it'll be nice to post positive news.
With COD, if you have any doubts re contents- try to open the package quickly in front of the delivery person to confirm contents, or pick it up at the post office and open it at the counter. At least you'll have an "official" witness/corroboration if any sort of fraud has taken place Again, no guarantee whatever it is will be working, but COD includes insurance, signature required, etc. I often request COD as a buyer since it's usually the most convenient way to pay for/receive something-costs just a bit more than paying for money order and stamp ($6 vs. about $4) and saves time of buying, sending MO, etc. For stuff from US, Paypal is definitely the most convenient, and offers some protection for buyers...