DHL Monetary/Shipping Transfer. Advisable?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Tallest Skil, Apr 29, 2008.

  1. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    I'm about to buy a MacBook Pro from someone through Craigslist. I would have most definitely preferred PayPal, but they offered up a solution in the form of a DHL Overseas Transaction.

    My obvious question, then, is IS IT SAFE.

    Here's the link to the page. It seems to be a highly secure way of dealing with payments, as the buyer only accepts payment after their satisfaction is noted to DHL, who handles the whole situation and reimburses the buyer if there are any foul-ups.

    You'd think that because it's an incorporated process that is handled by a well-known company that it would be safe, even if only for PR reasons, but look at Western Union (or maybe I don't get that...)

    So, experiences?
     
  2. scienide09 macrumors 65816

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    I'm sorry, but I've read too many bad stories here and elsewhere to not comment.

    Personally, I wouldn't go this route. As I understand it, Craigslist is designed for local transactions, for people to meet face-to-face. Without seeing the listing itself I can't say, but I suggest you be VERY wary, as this could easily be a scam.

    One warning bell, at least for me, is the fact that the website you linked isn't actually part of the DHL UK website. Looks like a fake cobbled up to trick unsuspecting buyers.

    My 2 cents.
     
  3. gethyphyyo macrumors regular

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    do it if you feel like being out on some money.
     
  4. Tallest Skil thread starter macrumors P6

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    But he WAS local... emphasis on was... ah, well... people in my area are idiots, so I easily believed the listing to be real.

    If he has a change of heart and wants to do it through PayPal, I'll let people know.
     
  5. scienide09 macrumors 65816

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