Buying in Person with Cash

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

  1. cayley macrumors member

    Mar 29, 2007
    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

    Jan 12, 2007
    At a police station, maybe.
  3. BigPrince macrumors 68020

    Dec 27, 2006
  4. synth3tik macrumors 68040


    Oct 11, 2006
    Minneapolis, MN
    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

    Mar 29, 2007
    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


    Oct 28, 2006
    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


    Jan 22, 2007
    well i brought $2700 into the apple store in cash...
  8. cayley thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 29, 2007
    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


    Dec 11, 2006
    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

    Mar 29, 2007
    I see an episode of American's Stupidest Criminals here. This show still in existence?
  11. GroundLoop macrumors 68000


    Mar 21, 2003
    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.

  12. cayley thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 29, 2007
    Barnes & Noble or Star Bucks it is, if he takes me up on my offer. Thanks for the feedback all. :)

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