I think it is important to use an escrow service when buying or selling a domain name. It might take a little more time to transact with a third party escrow service and it might cost a bit more money, but I think the safeguards are worth it. (Sidenote: as you can see from the developing PDD.com situation, buyers need to do due diligence before buying, and that is not something an escrow service does.)
As much as the benefits seem obvious to me, I know there are plenty of people who still don’t use an escrow service to transact (not including deals involving very familiar trading partners). Today’s poll question is: Do You Always Use an Escrow Service to Transact? You are invited to vote in the poll below and are welcome to share additional thoughts in the comment section.