Dear potential buyer of the Maine Coon kitten,
We are well aware that making payments using PayPal marked “to relatives and friends” can cause anxiety and uncertainty. We will try to look at this situation from different angles so that you can make an informed decision.
Some breeders ask buyers to indicate that the payment is made for friends and relatives in order to insure against possible fraud. The main danger is that after receiving the kitten, the buyer may withdraw the payment back. Understanding your concern, we recommend that you look for a kitten in your city and make a hand-to-hand payment.
However, it is also worth paying attention to the fact that the breeder also faces risks. How can he be sure that you are not the scammer and will not withdraw the money for the kitten back? It often happens that confident and reliable sellers receive payments via PayPal, and then send the goods to the buyer. One of these cases, which I am aware of, is related to the sale of two Maine Coon kittens. The breeder received a payment of $12,000, including the cost of delivery. After the kittens were shipped, the buyer decided to refund the money and successfully did so via PayPal. What a pity that such a case creates anxiety for honest breeders! Such cases are a huge loss for breeders who invest time and resources in developing a high-quality and healthy breed line.
In this situation, we recommend that you ask the breeder for recommendations and feedback from those people who have already purchased a kitten and made the payment. We recommend that you carefully study the reviews and recommendations about the breeder to be sure of his reliability and honesty.
We wish you success in finding and acquiring the perfect kitten! And remember, no matter which way you make the payment, there is always some risky interaction. It is important to make informed decisions and trust your intuition.
With best wishes.
Maine Coon Cattery “Fire Stone”