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Buying on the Hangout

Posted by jhedblom on Friday, November 28, 2008

In the past 6 months of so I have purchased 3 banjos and some accessories through the classified section.  For the most part, my experience has  been positive.  Discussions and products being what they were represented to be. I have some advice for sellers.  If someone makes an offer lower than your asking price, don't take it personally, it's business.  If someone contacts you, have the courtesy to reply.  Selling something is not personal and your investment in an item, emotional or fiscal, is not germane to its sale.  Make payment easy.  Everyone is not out to cheat you.  Caution is fine.  For example, a Cashier's Check is as good as a postal money order.  A personal check is good when it clears.  There's a lot of government intrusion in obtaining postal money orders over $3000.  I will not go through that crap again.  This is supposed to be fun, including buying and selling.

Jack Hedblom, Aka banjo-crazy

3 comments on “Buying on the Hangout”

5strings3picks1banjo Says:
Friday, November 28, 2008 @3:30:57 PM

Well said, good positive criticisms

Banjov1 Says:
Friday, November 28, 2008 @9:02:53 PM should deal with the guy I bought my banjo from. I wrote him a check and he didn't even ask for any ID...

Kind of a scary looking bugger though.....


10gauge Says:
Tuesday, March 10, 2009 @7:48:04 PM

Actually, cashier's checks are not a safe way to sell over the internet.  A regular Craig's list scam involves conterfeit cashiers checks.  The item is shipped to a fence who may not even be aware that the item is stolen.  He then ships the goods overseas where it is sold and the seller is left with a worthless cashier's check.  There is  a certain measure of security when dealing with BHO members since you can get to know them a bit through their other activities on the site, although I would still be careful.  I wouldn't want to get burned for 1000's of dollars.  Not trying to be negative, here's a link to Snopes about cashier's checks.

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