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Need advice selling on this web page(4 posts)

Need advice selling on this web pagejjay
Nov 5, 2001 12:41 PM
I want to post my bike for sale on this web page. How do most people protect themselves? If you except cashiers checks or personel checks do you send the bike after you have the check in your hands? I find it hard to believe anyone would send money to a seller this way. I've never sold anything on the net and this aspect of it confuses me. Any advice would be appreciated.
re: Need advice selling on this web pageScot_Gore
Nov 5, 2001 1:08 PM

You might want to see my post from last night. It's starts off with something about being prudent in the title. Scroll down and take a look.

As a seller you bear very little of the risk in the transaction and it's really the buyer who needs to be careful. Go out to and read how it works. If you want to attempt to attract a skittish buyer, offer to split the escrow service charges.

re: Need advice selling on this web pageMel Erickson
Nov 5, 2001 1:57 PM
Paypal and other similar services work well, also. It allows the buyer to pay by credit card and therefore offers them some protection. It also helps you because you don't have to worry about a bounced check. It costs you a little but worth the peace of mind.
re: Need advice selling on this web pagefiltersweep
Nov 5, 2001 4:13 PM
I've had nothing but very positive experiences with selling some relatively expensive items through both online classifieds and on ebay. The nice thing about ebay is people are obsessed over their "ratings"- so they ship quickly, pay quickly, etc... the ratings keep people in line.

I've also just sold through classifieds, and linked to my own photo gallery- including numerous photos- with arrows pointing to flaws, brutally honest descriptions, etc... even if you don't have a scanner, you can have film developed directly to CD ROM (without prints) very cheaply. I recently sold a used pair of Sidi shoes on ebay and included 16 photos- and was very satisfied with my price. (I've actually sold almost everything at ebay for more money than I would have asked through a classified- people are caught up in WINNING the auction and lose sight of the fact that they are BUYING the item... they behave like it is a contest... it is the strangest thing).

I don't send anything until a check CLEARS- but I also communicate this in the ad itself, so there is no surprise that the shipment is on hold while the check clears. I prefer PayPal and Billpoint- which accept credit cards, electronic checks, etc...

Communication is the KEY- let them know ALL the terms: condition, shipping terms (fixed vs. actual), payment terms, etc... you want the buyer to experience NO SURPRISES, and any delay can cause great concern to a stranger that has forked over money for something he hasn't seen to someone he's never met!