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Old 10-21-2019, 03:51 AM   #1
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I'm new to selling and buying stuff over forums. What's the most popular way to make a transaction safely when buying something from a fellow forum user?
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Old 10-21-2019, 10:04 AM   #2
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Make them come to your house. If they're buying, they hand you cash money and you hand over the things. If they're selling, you hand them cash money and they hand over the thing.

Anything else has varying degrees of risk. Never do western union kinds of payment. Paypal has some protection. Look at the person you want to deal with. Go into their profile and look at their posts. Did they just join last week, throw on 3 garbage posts and then put their thing up for sale? Hint.....if they did, report them and say that. Their garbage posts and ability to sell will be removed. And/Or just avoid them. If someone has been on here long enough to have gotten into an argument with SubEd, they're probably pretty legit.
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Old 10-21-2019, 10:58 AM   #3
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I’d just add to the above, I wouldn’t bring them to my house. Maybe it’s paranoia but I always do transactions in a public place with lots of people around. If it’s a real high dollar item your local police station is also a good place to ‘do the deal’. You can call them first and they’ll have someone come out to oversee it.
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Old 10-21-2019, 11:08 AM   #4
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Does anyone else find it sad that this is now the world we live in? I hate the fact that we can't trust anyone any more.
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Old 10-21-2019, 12:05 PM   #5
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I have heard the stories and do what I can to prevent getting robbed...its unfortunate that the bad things happen but like stated above CYA and prepare as much as you can and once in a while expect to get the short end of the stick...have gotten bad parts and been taken advantage via online and in person negotiations but overall done ok...I don't stress to much but again prepare as best I can...depending on where I'm meeting people too I open carry
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Old 10-21-2019, 02:23 PM   #6
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Meeting in person is the best transaction. If buying or selling for alot of money, then i would go strap. Believe it or not, some of these guys are only here to rob you in person.

If not in person, i would go with paypal. I have always have good luck with them and they have always saved my azz a couple of times in the past. Stay away from shady check, money order, or things like bit coins. Even counterfeit bills are still circulated through the market.
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Old 10-21-2019, 05:11 PM   #7
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How about if I am buying from them and I am having it shipped to my address. What's the best way to handle that without having the guy just take my money and never give ship me what I payed for?
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Old 10-21-2019, 06:27 PM   #8
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I've done the suggestion where you meet at a police station. If the other person refuses then you probably don't want to sell to them
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Old 10-21-2019, 08:49 PM   #9
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How about if I am buying from them and I am having it shipped to my address. What's the best way to handle that without having the guy just take my money and never give ship me what I payed for?
What about getting it shipped?
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Old 10-21-2019, 08:52 PM   #10
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I always use PayPal, even in person. I copy the words from the ad and any agreements made into the description and pay the extra 3% for goods and services transactions. Have had to dispute and/or return and get refunds several times (especially buying and selling used phones through swappa). Always had good luck getting money back or returning funds to people if they need to return something.
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Old 10-21-2019, 09:04 PM   #11
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How about if I am buying from them and I am having it shipped to my address. What's the best way to handle that without having the guy just take my money and never give ship me what I payed for?
Use paypal goods and services. It has buyer and seller protection, so if you send them money, they can't just run off with your money without sending you anything. The buyer can place a tracking number into the paypal system once he/she has shipped out the item, and if it never arrives you can open up a case with paypal with ease. If you use Paypal goods and services, Paypal does take a 3% cut, so in this case the buyer may have to tack on 3%, or the seller may have to take the hit. However, i'd say 3% is a small price to pay to not lose your money.
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Old 10-21-2019, 10:21 PM   #12
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Use paypal goods and services. It has buyer and seller protection, so if you send them money, they can't just run off with your money without sending you anything. The buyer can place a tracking number into the paypal system once he/she has shipped out the item, and if it never arrives you can open up a case with paypal with ease. If you use Paypal goods and services, Paypal does take a 3% cut, so in this case the buyer may have to tack on 3%, or the seller may have to take the hit. However, i'd say 3% is a small price to pay to not lose your money.
Ok, that sounds like I'll only ever use that. Thank you.
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Old 10-22-2019, 02:00 AM   #13
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Use paypal goods and services. It has buyer and seller protection, so if you send them money, they can't just run off with your money without sending you anything. The buyer can place a tracking number into the paypal system once he/she has shipped out the item, and if it never arrives you can open up a case with paypal with ease. If you use Paypal goods and services, Paypal does take a 3% cut, so in this case the buyer may have to tack on 3%, or the seller may have to take the hit. However, i'd say 3% is a small price to pay to not lose your money.
What if they send a box of rocks that weighs the appropriate amount?

PayPal is decent advice though. It's just extremely easy for the buyer or seller to abuse it. They do tend to be heavily biased towards the buyers though.
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Old 10-22-2019, 12:09 PM   #14
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What if they send a box of rocks that weighs the appropriate amount?

PayPal is decent advice though. It's just extremely easy for the buyer or seller to abuse it. They do tend to be heavily biased towards the buyers though.

I always video unboxings. show the top and bottom of the box untampered with and the shipping label then while its still rolling open the box.
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Old 10-22-2019, 02:11 PM   #15
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What if they send a box of rocks that weighs the appropriate amount?

PayPal is decent advice though. It's just extremely easy for the buyer or seller to abuse it. They do tend to be heavily biased towards the buyers though.
You'll be covered under paypal's buyer protection policy if they send a box of rocks instead of a turbo, for example. Directly from their site, here's what you're covered for:

-You bought a book, but received a DVD
-You bought an item described as “new,” but received something that was used
-You purchased 3 items, but only received 2
-The item was damaged during shipping
-The item is missing major parts (that the seller didn’t report)
-You purchased an item described as authentic, but received a knockoff instead
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Old 10-22-2019, 02:30 PM   #16
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This is rule #22 of NASIOC's rules:

22. Requests of payment through Paypal as a "gift" is prohibited.

So, if anyone asks you to do a gift (F&F) transaction on NASIOC, report them.
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