Buying in Person with Cash

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by cayley, Apr 4, 2007.

  1. cayley macrumors member

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    I'm considering buying a macbook through Craigslist. I'm just a little concerned with carrying a wad of cash to meet a stranger. Would you request to meet in a public place? Any other thoughts/comments?
     
  2. Turkish macrumors 6502

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    At a police station, maybe.
     
  3. BigPrince macrumors 68020

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    When ever I get something off of craigslist or another similar site. I always have the people met me at a coffee shop thats right by my place. I do this whether I am buying or selling. It works nice. It's close, ease to find, and I know everyone that works there as well as most of the regulars (Yes, I DO drink too much coffee) at make me feel safer meeting someone I do not know.
     
  5. cayley thread starter macrumors member

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    Craigslist stuff is very local. It's typically local pick-up, pay in cash. I've bought things before without any problems. It's just with a macbook, carrying 800-1000 makes me a little uncomfortable.
     
  6. e12a macrumors 68000

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    Do it at around midnight, preferably in a badly lit alley, or unlit park. Or have him come over to your house at night.

    Yeah...common sense, no? Meet the guy halfway somewhere public.
     
  7. zblaxberg Guest

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    well i brought $2700 into the apple store in cash...
     
  8. cayley thread starter macrumors member

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    Hehe. Next time I buy something expensive at store, I'm gonna pay with a bunch of $1 bills. That should be fun :)
     
  9. zioxide macrumors 603

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    I don't think the cashier is going to mug you and take all your money in the store.
     
  10. cayley thread starter macrumors member

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    I see an episode of American's Stupidest Criminals here. This show still in existence?
     
  11. GroundLoop macrumors 68000

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    I sold my PowerBook through Craigslist. I met the buyer at a local Barnes & Noble where he had an opportunity to boot it up and use it in a wi-fi environment.

    Worked for me, and should work for you too.

    Hickman
     
  12. cayley thread starter macrumors member

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    Barnes & Noble or Star Bucks it is, if he takes me up on my offer. Thanks for the feedback all. :)
     

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