Friday, December 13, 2013

Groups for Selling

If you are like me I like to visit Craigslist.  Then you hear the reports on the news of something bad happening to people that meet through Craigslist. Causing you to think twice about the hole thing.

Police investigate the shooting death of Sgt. 1st Class James Vester, who was killed in a robbery gone bad, police say.
 Picture from New York Daily News Iraq veteran lured to death through Craigslist add for an ipad

Call me paranoid but I don't want to take any chances. But I do want the bargains that others can give for the items they have gotten little or no use out of. So what are we suppose to do?

Not to worry there is middle ground. It's pretty simple. I find Facebook closed groups in my area to apply to join. Buy, Sell or Trade Groups. Because I live in a rural area I can find groups that other people I know have joined. I understand that in many situations it may not be that simple.

In the case that you don't know where to turn for a trusted source I suggest start your own group. Invite people you know to join. See if they suggest some other friends to also add. If you can't start the group for whatever reason see if you know someone that would. It doesn't hurt to ask around. There are many people that probably would like to find a safer online environment to find or sell items or even services.

Keep in mind that it's okay to have rules in the group. They are there to keep the peace for everyone. Let people know to put large amounts of items into albums to post instead of single pictures. Not to repost their items more than once a day.  Encourage people to meet in public places so that it's a safe comfortable meeting for anyone that may be strangers.

It's not a perfect solution and the items sold may not be as varied as on Craigslist or other sites like it. Though this way things can be watched more carefully than you could through just an email. It's not fool proof but then again nothing is. It's just another option in the quest for savings.

Tips For Sellers
- Be fair. First come first serve works well.
- No bashing.
-Find the right time to post your items. 3:00pm- 8:00pm seem to be good times to post.
- Post real pictures of what you are selling. Be sure that they are clear images.
- Tell what you are selling even if there is a picture and post a price. Best offer is not a price. This is a put off for some people. Give a starting point.

Tips For Buyers
-If you have something in mind that you are looking for ask for it. You may be surprised at how fast you find it and how low the cost is.
-Don't be a no show. If you can't make it contact them as soon as possible.
-Always clean the things you buy right away. If you get appliances I suggest sticking it in a plastic garbage bag and spray some bug spray inside. Let it sit overnight. Use precautions when you bring things into your home. I would tell you the same thing if you were shopping at a consignment store.

Tips for Everyone
-Instant Message meeting information, keep it private between the buyer and the seller.
- Stay safe 

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