Buying and selling items online can save you time and make you money but there are ways to make it a safer experience. Here are some tips to help you stay safe when buying or selling items on online marketplaces.

Tips to stay safe when buying or selling online

  1. Keep your info safe. Avoid using your address for a meeting spot or posting details about your personal life – don’t advertise that you’re moving, going on vacation, or any information that could put you or your home at risk. Never give anyone your credit card information.
  2. Choose a public meeting spot. Meet potential buyers and sellers at well-known public areas like malls, shopping centers, or even outside police stations.
  3. Bring a friend. Let a friend or loved one know where you are going or ask them to come along.
  4. Stay within your comfort zone. If you are uncomfortable meeting a stranger or don’t have access to any of the options above, you can always sell your items to consignment or donate them.

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