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Whats the safest option to buy something off someone online?

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Created by Surf12 Two weeks ago, 28 Sep 2020
Surf12
12 posts
28 Sep 2020 7:01PM
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Looking to buy a kite from someone interstate. What's the safest option for the transaction?

There used to have COD from auspost but this has been discontinued.

dafish
NSW, 1489 posts
29 Sep 2020 7:02AM
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Paypal is pretty good but might cost up to 4 percent depending on your account. Stripe is another good method that we use. I have purchased plenty online over the years, some very expensive recording studio gear etc, and have never had an issue. Trust your gut too, if something seems off, it most likely is.

Gilly3
QLD, 755 posts
29 Sep 2020 8:47AM
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Just bought a kite off a guy in wa....no problems at all!!
Didn't use PayPal or anything like that, just dropped the money straight into his account....kite arrived in 3 days through Australia Post to the goldy....

My advise, ring the person and speak to them....face time even....as dafish said, trust ur gut and do ya homework, if it doesn't feel right....don't handover ya hard earned....

A legitimate person will answer ur questions correctly and usually do as u ask to make it a smooth transaction, Duncan took videos and pictures for me and answered ALL my questions....took photos just prior to sending it.....thanks again Duncan!!!

surfguy
NSW, 28 posts
3 Oct 2020 6:35AM
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Paypal < everyone knows someone or most people have paypal only.
NO paypal ,NO sale is my moto

LeighMajor
NSW, 433 posts
3 Oct 2020 11:29AM
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Gilly3 said..
Just bought a kite off a guy in wa....no problems at all!!
Didn't use PayPal or anything like that, just dropped the money straight into his account....kite arrived in 3 days through Australia Post to the goldy....

My advise, ring the person and speak to them....face time even....as dafish said, trust ur gut and do ya homework, if it doesn't feel right....don't handover ya hard earned....

A legitimate person will answer ur questions correctly and usually do as u ask to make it a smooth transaction, Duncan took videos and pictures for me and answered ALL my questions....took photos just prior to sending it.....thanks again Duncan!!!


I have been caught twice.Had a gut feeling and didn't follow it.The scammer only texted.He didn't follow up with post or freight consignment tracking details.
I have always asked for direct deposit and a screenshot of transfer confirmation.
I have sold heaps of kiting equipment on Seabreeze and plenty of repeat satisfied customers.
Would definitely encourage anyone to ring up and have a chat.Ask questions or request more photos build up your positive feelings of trust between both parties.Can usually tell within a short conversation whether it feels good or not.Go with your gut feeling.
I will be prepared to negotiate postage or price to a point.Makes both parties feel comfortable with their purchase or sale.
Imo PayPal is a bit annoying fees,charges and waiting days for money to clear so I can Transfer into my bank account .

Peahi
VIC, 1305 posts
3 Oct 2020 12:14PM
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surfguy said..
Paypal < everyone knows someone or most people have paypal only.
NO paypal ,NO sale is my moto


Who pays the fees of ~$30 for a $1000 kite, that's a decent premium unless you're paying by credit card

Swavek
WA, 342 posts
10 Oct 2020 7:02AM
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Done both, PayPal and straight deposit. Talking to other person is a good suggestion - if the seller does not know much about kiting I go Paypal (I as a buyer pay the Paypal fees -3% or so?). It is insurance for me to make sure I get what I paid for, seems fair to me that I pay for it.

The only problem I ever had is an overstated condition of goods, so my suggestion is to get lots of photos of areas that reflect the condition of what you buy.

dafish
NSW, 1489 posts
11 Oct 2020 8:07AM
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I had a guy in Japan buy a kite off me. He asked me a ton of questions which I happily answered. He then asked for more photos, details of certain sections on the kite, and only then was he satisfied to Paypal me. All other kites I have sold here in Oz without any issues. I think what everyone is saying about dialogue is correct. The more questions asked and answered will help in seeing if the transaction is legit.

Peahi
VIC, 1305 posts
11 Oct 2020 11:44AM
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Anyone OS that is interested in paying all the extra postage and waiting time is most likely a scammer, and they usually ask lots of dumb questions. I steer well clear of OS buyers

dafish
NSW, 1489 posts
12 Oct 2020 7:01AM
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Peahi said..
Anyone OS that is interested in paying all the extra postage and waiting time is most likely a scammer, and they usually ask lots of dumb questions. I steer well clear of OS buyers


While that may be so, my transaction with the dude from Japan was all good. I got paid, he got the kite he wanted.

Peahi
VIC, 1305 posts
12 Oct 2020 10:43AM
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dafish said..

Peahi said..
Anyone OS that is interested in paying all the extra postage and waiting time is most likely a scammer, and they usually ask lots of dumb questions. I steer well clear of OS buyers



While that may be so, my transaction with the dude from Japan was all good. I got paid, he got the kite he wanted.


Odd that someone from Japan or anyone OS would want to buy a kite or gear, I would have thought the cost of freight would make it not worthwhile. I guess Japanese do strange things and not short of money.

I sometimes get interest from strange and faraway countries, usually a series of dumb questions is a red flag. If you wait till you get paid first then all good.

dafish
NSW, 1489 posts
Tuesday , 13 Oct 2020 7:16AM
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Peahi said..

dafish said..


Peahi said..
Anyone OS that is interested in paying all the extra postage and waiting time is most likely a scammer, and they usually ask lots of dumb questions. I steer well clear of OS buyers




While that may be so, my transaction with the dude from Japan was all good. I got paid, he got the kite he wanted.



Odd that someone from Japan or anyone OS would want to buy a kite or gear, I would have thought the cost of freight would make it not worthwhile. I guess Japanese do strange things and not short of money.

I sometimes get interest from strange and faraway countries, usually a series of dumb questions is a red flag. If you wait till you get paid first then all good.


I always wait until I get payed before shipping. I think the Japanese dude knew he was getting a good deal on a Hyperlink in perfect shape. Hence the many photos including the shape of the battons. He knew what he was looking for. Don't know the cost kites in Japan, but the shipping wasn't as expensive as I thought it would be. He didn't want the bar to go with it, which made the shipping lighter and left me with a spare bar, which is always handy.

eppo
WA, 7552 posts
Thursday , 15 Oct 2020 12:58PM
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Gear in Japan is really expensive from what I've heard.



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