There is ways to protect yourself with Paypal. One way is to not do the typical gifted money that most sellers ask for. Gift reduces the fees but it also doesnt protect you at all.
Use the other options that indicate your purchasing an item. In the description put a full out description of what you told you were going to get. To a T! Size, color, style, condition... etc.
This will make it an official transaction for an item and allow you to create a Paypal dispute for a return of your funds if you do not receive what you expected or what you were told. Honestly if you gift money to a seller, they could send you a coffee cup and there is little you could do about it. So make sure that you really trust the person.
Thank you all for the answers! I think I've figured out my solution.