Selling out of town on Craigslist...avoiding scam?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by .JahJahwarrior., Nov 17, 2009.

  1. .JahJahwarrior. macrumors 6502

    Jan 1, 2007
    I'm selling a Garmin GTM-25 cable on th elocal craigslist, had the ad up for about 2 weeks. I get an email today that looks legit,
    No spelling errors, no mention of escrow accounts or anything...

    I have a few options.
    1- don't sell it to him at all.
    2- take money via paypal, and remove the amount to my bank, waiting the 2-3 days and verifing the money is in my account before I ship it.
    3- ask him to mail me cash.
    4- ask him to mail me a money order, and cashing the money order before shipping him the cable.

    Money orders could be faked, but moving the money into my bank acount in paypal, or asking for cash, should be foolproof, right?
  2. yg17 macrumors G5


    Aug 1, 2004
    St. Louis, MO
    Cash would be foolproof, but PayPal can and will go back into your bank and withdraw that money if it turns out to be fraud.
  3. notjustjay macrumors 603


    Sep 19, 2003
    Canada, eh?
    Easiest answer would be "no", I think.

    Failing that, cash or certified check, but that's a lot of trouble for a cable.
  4. .JahJahwarrior. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 1, 2007
    I'm trying to sell the cable for $50, and I haven't had any local interest.

    I didnt know Paypal would go and take the money back if it later turned out to be fraudulent, that gives basically no protection to me as a seller.

    I'll see if he'll pay with cash, otherwise, no go. I wish there was a service out there that provided protection for sellers and was easy for buyers to use, without costing much....
  5. harperjones99 macrumors 6502

    Nov 3, 2009
    I stopped using paypal and ebay a while ago...too much headache and not enough protection for sellers. Anyone who has paypal linked to their bank account is sitting on a timebomb. Greedy people and companies ruin everything eventually.
  6. dejo Moderator


    Staff Member

    Sep 2, 2004
    The Centennial State
    And it seems wrong, but certified checks can be counterfeited. Wire transfer instead.
  7. .JahJahwarrior. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 1, 2007
    Surprisingly, he agreed to send cash.

    I know money can be counterfeited as well but the bank should be able to tell when I deposit it.
  8. Ruahrc macrumors 65816

    Jun 9, 2009
    I think in the case of money orders as well, if it's a postal money order (probably elsewhere too) you take it to the post office and they verify it right there and you can walk out with cash. It's a little safer than sending straight up cash and I really am not sure the P.O. could come after you for that cash if they later determined somehow that the MO was fake.

    I bought a camera lens and sent a money order to which the seller agreed because he could go to the post office and get cash for it right away vs. waiting for a PayPal to clear.

  9. ClassicII macrumors 6502


    Sep 21, 2009
    Chicago, IL
    To be honest the email looks legit. As long as you have the money and its cleared in paypal you should be ok. The only thing he can pull is to say that you didn't send it. Then you can show that you sent it with delivery confirmation and tracking and you will be ok.

    If you are still worried you can have him send you a USPS money order and you will be set with no worries.
  10. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007

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