I think this deserves a topic of it's own, Craigs List buyers beware.

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02-24-2013 01:02 PM

I’ve noticed a few postings here and there about purchasing on craigslist so I thought I’d bring this to attention as it happened to a good friend of mine’s son, he was robbed of his $500.00 at gun point and took a beating, when acting on a listing for a motorcycle sell so it’s advisable when visiting one of these sells to take caution and maybe even have someone go with you as you never know what you may encounter especially in this day and time.

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#1 posted 02-24-2013 01:11 PM

I was selling some of my tools last week and paradoxically noticed that people feel more confident when they make the deal in the address/home of the seller instead of meeting at the local bank or grocery store parking lot.

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#2 posted 02-24-2013 01:13 PM

Hmm seems to me a public place filled with people would be safer?

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#3 posted 02-24-2013 01:22 PM

Sorry to hear of that bad experience of your friend, Randy. Lunkheads are everywhere. That’s why concealed carry, and/or a few friends. like Smith & Wesson is the way to go. :)

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#4 posted 02-24-2013 01:41 PM

had the exact same thing happen to a family member…he was on the selling end of some stuff…potential buyers beat him and stole everything.

I’ve tried my best to come up with the best ways to avoid getting killed over a couple hundred bucks…and outside of just avoiding craigslist altogether (can’t do that one) I don’t have much advise.

For expensive stuff/high dollar amounts I try to make it as public as possible.

I don’t really like having people meet me at my home, not just because it is secluded, but I also don’t want them coming back later and robbing the place.

I always get the buyer/seller’s phone number and communicate with them that way, so that if something does happen I have more than an email address to give the police. I know there are disposable cell phones, etc, but it’s better than nothing.

I don’t typically just email my phone number out when I reply to CL ads, instead I will email and ask the potential buyer/seller to provide me with their phone number so that I can call them. Don’t want any scammers getting my phone number for future use.

reading through my response I feel like I sound crazy paranoid…unfortunately we live in the kind of world where someone will kill you for a couple bucks. I grew up in a neighborhood where the local hooligans would beat people up for their sneakers/coats and car jackings actually happened…so maybe that’s part of my paranoia. Better safe than dead though.

I’ve had WAY MORE positive CL experiences than sketchy experiences, but it could be because I try to stay so cautious.

I think this thread is a good idea and will be revisiting it to see how others chime in with their buyer/seller beware ideas.

-- Steve

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#5 posted 02-24-2013 01:42 PM

I have bought almost all my tools from CL. I try to take someone with me and/or meet in a public place. If not, I always have someone keeping track of me, they know the adress of where I will be, I let them know when I get there, and when I leave. Oh, and I always take my tazer if I am alone:) If I take my boyfriends mom, she has her CC so she is packing…so I try to be as safe as I can since it isn’t always possible to meet in a public place, esp. if it’s a big item that is hard to move.

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#6 posted 02-24-2013 01:43 PM

Pathetically sad. I am bad about assuming I can trust most folks. I hate to hear of that kind of thing happening.

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#7 posted 02-24-2013 02:26 PM

And it will get worse, sad to say.

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#8 posted 02-24-2013 02:27 PM

I also know someone whos wife was holding a “Yard sale” one Saturday and he caught two guys peeking into his barn/workshop (which was in the back of the house and well away from the yard sale items). He snapped their picture with his cell phone THEN he spoke up and asked what they wanted.

They said they were with their wives and wondered if there might be more items not yet put out in the sale and he told them no and chased them away. He watched when they went to their truck (with NO wives) and got a good description of the truck and a partial tag number.

A week later he and his wife were at work and (yep, you know what’s coming next) his shop was broken into. A neighbor saw the truck parked by his barn and started walking across the yard, and they took off. So she called the Sheriff, then called him.

He gave the Deputy the picture he had of them and the description of the truck and the 2 mooks were caught with the goods that same day.

Unfortunately this scenario seldom works out so well, and because of it I also do not like having someone come to my house so they dont get the chance to scope out my shop for a later hit. The only time I sold something big ( a radial arm saw) I rolled it out of the shop and closed the doors when the guy came to look. He bought it and I helped him load into his truck. I waited till he was out of the driveway to go back into the shop.

Does that make me paranoid too? Maybe, but then again I’ve never been robbed before either.

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#9 posted 02-24-2013 02:30 PM

Have the counterparty meet you in the parking lot of a police station.

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#10 posted 02-24-2013 02:38 PM

Locally we can not meet in the parking lot of a police station. gated entry and without a ticket or reason you’re not parking there, even if the lot is empty. It would be a great idea though.

I purchased some tools yesterday, and as posted above I met the seller in a very public place, next to the drive up window at MacDonald’s. There is always an audience there, so far has worked for me. I never meet at a home unless the tools are hugh and heavy. Then i take a couple people with me.

It’s sad we have to do this, but it is unfortunately necessary.

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#11 posted 02-24-2013 02:42 PM

This is a tough one. It’s the balance between self-preservation and connecting with other human beings.
I get all kinds of emails from family/friends telling me of truly awful things that have happened to people.
Understandably, we don’t want them to happen to us or our loved ones either.

The number of people ‘packin’” in Canada is lower. I’ve yet to have a bad CL experience, but I still take basic precautions such as never going to someone’s house unless someone knows exactly where I’m going and is going to call me a few minutes after I get there.

Best thing in my opinion for preventing break ins is our dog. He’s not fond of strangers. Whenever we have a service person or a buyer come to the house, he’s by my side. Even if his tail is wagging, I ask the person to stay away from him because he’ll bite. Usually he obliges by growling.

Works for us

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#12 posted 02-24-2013 03:02 PM

Sandra Great advise, when any utility man or someone in uniform at my house my dog doesn’t like but I assure them she won’t bite maybe I should turn a new table and just say I’ll keep her off of them. :)

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#13 posted 02-24-2013 03:12 PM

Joe…that’s the kind of crap that concerns me…especially if they stop by and only see my pickup in the driveway…they might drive by later, see it is gone and assume no one is home…only to break in and find my unsuspecting wife and daughter.

absolutely a sad state of affairs that we have to be concerned about this kind of stuff…but it is the world we live in now I suppose.

-- Steve

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#14 posted 02-24-2013 03:16 PM

Best thing in my opinion for preventing break ins is our dog. He’s not fond of strangers.

It wouldn’t work for me. I have the world’s most friendly lab. If a burglar came he would be her new best friend.

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#15 posted 02-24-2013 03:28 PM

Bondo: LOL! Labs and golden retrievers….. fantastic companions…. terrible watchdogs!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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