- Bring another person along when buying or selling to minimize the chance of robbery.
- Meet the buyer at his or her bank for large purchases such as a car. The seller can get a bank check instead and the buyer takes the car.
- Meet in a public place for smaller items. Bring a cell phone, and tell a family member where you’re going.
- Stick with local buyers and sellers. Anyone who is “out of the country” is a red flag.
- Avoid anyone who asks for a wire transfer.
- Provide a cell phone number or other number that can’t be searched online for a home address.
- Don’t give your home address to a buyer until you’ve had a chance to talk by phone and the buyer provides a number.
- Don’t include personal information in your ad, such as a home address, e-mail address (use VaanSa’s messaging system instead).
- If you have any doubts about a user’s authenticity or suspect they may be scammers or spammers, find another seller/buyer.
- Deal only with sellers who accept cash.
- Before completing the transaction, check the item and confirm everything matches the seller’s item description.
- Negotiate in front of the seller when you’re standing there with the cash.
- Bring exact change.
- Know spam when you see it. If a potential buyer sends an e-mail asking, “Is your item still available?” instead of mentioning anything specific about it, it’s probably spam.
- Write a specific title. “Must sell” “Cheap” or “Want to sell” are useless. Try “Mahogany Dining Set in pristine condition for $500” instead.
- Include photos, size, dimensions, color and other pertinent details, even the original purchase price.
- Try a small price instead of “free.”
- Tell buyers that the whether the price is non-negotiable or negotiable.
- Accept cash only.
- When receiving payment in cash, verify that the bills you receive are not counterfeit
- Remove sold items from VaanSa immediately to avoid more calls and e-mails.
- Know that most buyers are looking for deals or sale pricing. It’s easy to go back into your ad and lower the price if needed.