How To Buy Safely on Craigslist

Craigslist is a large and popular online site that opens internet browsers to several ways of interacting with people and companies both near and far. But with this technology comes responsibility and the importance of knowing how to deal with Craigslist safely. By following certain steps and guidelines, the user can achieve peace of mind and avoid unwanted issues.

  1. The first thing is to create a unique email address to use on Craigslist. The reasoning behind this is that you don't want to give away your full name, should any of your other email addresses contain this. Make sure no personal information is apparent in any form. This will also keep your identity safe from being stolen or fraud.
  2. By that token, do not exchange any personal information directly on Craigslist, such as your address or home phone number. If you must give a phone number, refer to your cell phone. That way, if the other person gets lost on the way to meeting for the exchange or simply has questions, that is the better and safer way to reach you. If the seller does not need to know it, do not give it.
  3. Craigslist is divided into sections based on states, cities, subjects, and so on. When practicing safety on Craigslist, remember to choose as locally as possible.
  4. When you find an item you would like to buy, you can contact the seller by any email address they provide, or a phone number. Remember to use a cell phone when doing this; otherwise the seller might be able to use the number to find out where you live. This is probably the most important when it comes to safety on Craigslist.
  5. Research! Whether who you are buying from is a company or a single person, try to find out as much as you can about them. Are they trustworthy? Are they legit? How many other people have had successful transactions with them? Check to see if there are any online communities that specialize in this kind of feedback. No matter how nice they may appear, you want to avoid dealing with scam artists.
  6. Another safety measure on Craigslist is to ask the seller as many questions as possible regarding what they are selling. For example, why is it being sold? Has it had any prior repairs made to it, and if so, how many? Where was it bought from originally? This ensures that you are getting a good deal for your troubles.
  7. Only agree to meet with the seller at a crowded, public place. Avoid meeting at either your home or their home. Bring along a friend or family member for added caution.


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