How does the For Sale/Trade forum work?

Discussion in 'For Sale or Trade' started by Edberg's Iceburg, Jul 2, 2005.

  1. Edberg's Iceburg

    Edberg's Iceburg New User

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    I am new to this forum and had a couple questions about the way this forum works.

    1. How are transactions completed? It would seem somewhat foolish for me to send my money to someone I have never met hoping that they will send me the racquets they promised. I noticed some ads mention that they have references on the board, which i guess would be mildly helpful. Do people generally use escrow services? Or are things just on the honor system here?

    2. Is it useful to search through old posts? I searched for the racquet that I was interested in and there were several posts that were 1 month old or greater that were selling the one I was interested in. Is it useful for me to reply to these old posts? I only found 1 post where the person had edited it to say that the racquets were sold. All the others just didn't have any replies.

    Thanks for any help that you can provide...
     
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  2. Edberg's Iceburg

    Edberg's Iceburg New User

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    bump to the top, I would appreciate if anyone has any suggestions on how to complete a transaction...Thanks
     
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  3. diredesire

    diredesire Super Moderator

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    1: how transactions are completed.
    If you have paypal or other services such as this, it provides a more secure way of just sending a money order or check. References are like gold on this board, and typically on this board, you will find yourself dealing with very honest people. When you trade please DO get all personal information. Names, numbers, addresses, cell phone numbers. Cross check them on online services such as switchboard.com VERIFY all numbers. Call them and speak to the person, verify they are home numbers. This gives you a verifiable name/person that you can track down if you get screwed.
    If you DO get screwed, PURSUE IT. local police generally take fraud very seriously.

    Look up references, they really are worth something. **** references are also generally a good representation of the seller. E-mail the **** seller to confirm he/she is the same person that is linking them to you.

    If you pay by paypal CC, you can dispute the charge to your credit card company which is generally a fairly painless process. It is an honor system, surely, but there are ways you can protect yourself. Be smart.

    2. It's very useful to search through old posts. I acquired my PK lavers from people who hadn't sold theirs from months back. It never hurts to e-mail and ask. The worst that can happen is they aren't selling anymore, the best is that they don't really care about them anymore, and are willing to sell them cheap.

    3. Don't be afraid to ask a lot of questions: If a seller is getting annoyed by you, or isn't willing to fully answer questions/send pictures etc, they're probably not worht dealing with in the first place. If you are a thorough buyer, chances are you WILL NOT get screwed. Just be smart about your purchases, and even if you do get screwed, you will have an easy time getting your money/frames back.
     
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  4. eggnog

    eggnog New User

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    good advice. I agree, especially on concentrating on older racquets. There was a scam about 2 years ago where one guy really tried to capitalize on the popularity of a racquet that just came out, hard to get in U.S. He was in Europe. A lot of people sent their money and got nothing. But if a person is selling one used racquet that is not that popular anymore, has lots of good feedback under the same name, he/she is probably legit.
     
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