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Old 07-01-2015   #1
 
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Purchasing from an individual.

Hello ALL,

Could anyone inform a sure way to protect the buyer and seller in purchasing from classified ads please?
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Old 07-01-2015   #2
 
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Paypal

Read through the process.
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Paypal, dont send as a gift.
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Never send anyone who is supposedly going to buy your goods a 'shipping deposit'!

I had some foreign lady (judging by grammar) email me on a raft wanting to buy it for full price site unseen (first red flag, no rafter would ever do that! ), then had the nerve to request i send her something like $900 via paypal so someone could come by and 'get it shipped' (2nd red flag). After I offered to pay the 'shipping company" cash upon arrival (she declined of course) I called her out and she fought the fight for another email or two before I told her what she really was -- a lazy crappy low life criminal who if she put as much effort into a legit job as she does scamming people that she could probably make a living, and forwarded all emails to paypal in hopes they might actually be able to do something with them (fat chance). She stopped bothering me after that.

So just cuz you use pay pal doesn't mean they are legit. I can only imagine how much they are successful, so seller beware as well!

I can say I've bought and sold a few things through the MB classifieds and have not had one glitch, we usually come up with a common friend/reference by the time a transaction occurs. Hard to know who/what you're dealing with on craigslist.
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There are no "guarantees" but there are things you can do to help. I use "phone calls only". Scammers almost always want to email and more recently text. You can tell a lot by the sound of someones voice, pronunciation and English skills and you can get a "feel" for someone. After TALKING to people and making deals, I have asked people to text me photos of their drivers license and recieved verification of address and employment. Just some ideas
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Do the deal in person, inspect the goods. You'll know where they live then.
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Do the deal in person, inspect the goods. You'll know where they live then.
Agreed - for the buyer. Not my preference as a seller though. I always try to meet someone in a public place like a park or rest area when selling gear. People are crazy and I like keeping my house more private - especially since I've just sold them something they could go get themselves hurt with!
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Cash and in person deals only.
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Agreed with the last three posts. Not at my house, for anything. Cash is king, for anything. See it in person first, I feel better about it both as a buyer and seller. I've seen a few items on here posted, but 2 states away scares the hell out of me.
Have you heard Police stations are starting to set up areas in their parking lots for CL people to meet for purchases? Pretty cool idea!
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Do the deal in person, inspect the goods. You'll know where they live then.
This is ideal of course, but sometimes that just isn't possible. Especially in the rafting world where just the right deal on just the boat I've been looking for is a state or two away. I got the impression that is the kind of situation he was talking about.

I do like PorterCassidy's suggestion of Paypal. I think Paypal transactions are legal and binding as long as you describe or reference the transaction in the description instead of "gifting" the payment as already mentioned. I think that is about as good as it gets for remote security.
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