- Selling something to a new user.
My first thought was paypal gift to be honest.
I am worried that some sort of chargeback might occur.
An established user has some history so you can do a bit of research on them and gauge what sort of person they may be.
I’m not trying to talk myself into less money but I also found it odd that I said I would accept offers but then he didn’t make one. He also didn’t ask for any more information about the frame. Like I said, something just didn’t feel right.Posted 4 years agounklehomeredSubscriber
This is why anything more than low 3 figures I always prefer to meet the buyer, regardless. Encourage them to look the item over, highlight any dings/scratches etc. They get the chance to back out, you get cash and the confidence of less hassle.
Its possible he just really wants it and money isn’t an issue, I’ve skipped a drawn out offer counter offer phase before when I just want it and the price is fair.Posted 4 years agoplyphonMember
Surely if they just pay by paypal (not gift!) and you keep a record of posting it then nothing can possibly go wrong?
Not if you follow all of PayPals regulations and requirements, no.
But it is still a massive ballache as PayPal sides with the buyer initially. Ringfencing the money. It is then down to the seller to prove he has sold the goods and posted etc.
It’s such a ballache to prove that most sellers give up and write off the cost – which is how the scammers make most of their money – people just giving in.
At the end of the day you have to weight up how much you want the money VS associated risk.
There’s absolutly nothing wrong with replying to the potential buyer saying
“Unfortunately you are a new user and I am not willing to sell to users with no posting history – try to build up some activity on the forums and engage with the community before using the classifieds.”
In fact quite a few services and forums I use already force such a system where a user has to have X amount of activity/rating before they can post in some sections.
But then again, if you have 3 very wide eyed hungry children to feed then maybe its worth the risk – you have to decide yourself how much the money means to you and how quickly you need it.Posted 4 years agoScapegoatSubscriber
I hate to say it but he’s set his bar pretty low if he’s trying to scam you out of a dirty £200 Spesh. : ? Why not tell him you’re wary and ask him to do what he can to reassure you? An eBay account link, or a photo of him holding a mackerel or something? Or as suggested above, get one of the Manc crowd to meet him for a cash transaction?Posted 4 years agotinybitsMember
Remember that STW comes up pretty high on the google search, so if that’s what you wanted the odds are you’ll end up here.Posted 4 years ago
If I wanted to buy something, I’d not hesitate to speak to the person, and this way you could probably tell. Not the done thing in the text age mind you!plyphonMember
he’s set his bar pretty low if he’s trying to scam you out of a dirty £200 Spesh
Not at all – this is usually the amount of cash to do a charge back scam on, not too much so that the victim will chase forever, and not so little to be pointless. As I said, most people give up after they realise the mammoth task of following PayPal’s procedures and just give up!Posted 4 years agocakefacesmallblockSubscriber
Does anyone with some long-term good standing on here know them ?
I’ve lost count of how many folk I’ve suggested try on here for bike and banter. All decent folk.
There are some. One of those mates bought a bike from a forumite, after I’d suggested it. That was his first post.Posted 4 years agosteviedSubscriber
I bought some forks off PB from a new user but was wary. I just asked him for some more info on himself so he sent me links to his eBay account/facebook/phone number/address and all matched up fine.Posted 4 years ago
If you’re not sure, just ask. Anyone with nothing to hide will happily hand over more info…
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