Saftey Tips

  • 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.

Buyer tips

  • 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.

Seller tips

  • 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.