My wife and I have used Craigslist to purchase and sell things for almost 5 years. We tend to be more protective than overly trusting, so for new users of this wonderful free website, here’s some safety tips for buyers.
- When you contact a seller for an item you’re interested in buying, try to schedule a meeting in a public place (mall parking lot, library, etc) during day light. When my wife bought a Nintendo Wii via Craigslist for my birthday present a couple of years ago, she scheduled to meet the seller at the mall parking lot during the day time.
- If you have to purchase or go see the item inside the seller’s home, don’t go alone. Bring your spouse/neighbor/friend/adult family member. I never had my wife or wife and daughter go to purchase an item, we’d always schedule it when I was available.
- Knowing what the selling or pre-negotiated price is that you will be paying, bring exact cash – NOT large bills expecting the seller to have change for you.
- Dress down for the sale – keep your designer purse and bling bling at home.
- Be sure to get exact address of meeting place and google map it to know where you’re going. Always good to know if it’s a home, condo/apartment building and what the parking situation is like.
- Exchange cell phone numbers in case one of your schedules change or a traffic jam delays you and you can contact each other so no one is waiting or making a trip for nothing.
- Lastly, I would NOT recommend buying real jewelry or valuable/collectibles on Craigslist. It just doesn’t seem safe to have, say $500 in cash on you when you go to meet the seller to look at a watch or other piece of jewelry. They know you have the cash on hand as a potential buyer. Also, how do you know if the item is real???
Be safe and happy Craigslist shopping!