A big "thank you!" to Cl who alerted me to a *potential* scammer in the Great Weekly Exchange (GWE) posts. A buyer contacted her initially through a vague email this week, and then insisted on paying with a USPS Money Order (refusing to use PayPal, a more reliable payment method.)
Both Cl and I, have no idea of the actual intentions of the potential buyer (and honestly, it all might be legit,) but money orders are not that secure in terms of payment for online goods. Even though it is an older article, the New York Times has a good piece on USPS Money Orders that is worth checking out: "U.S. postal-order scams surging". Also, check out "Scams targeting eBayers (the check is NOT in the email) : eBay Guides" which takes a look at a several types of common scams.
Moreover, for all buyers and sellers, if you feel something is not right... then stop the transaction before moving any further. Chances are the warning alarm going off in your head, is going off for a good reason. Avoid the headache and move onto another buyer/seller.
If you are new to the GWE posts, I strongly suggest checking out "GigiOfCa's "Tips for a successful sell/swap experience" post. It is a good starting point.
Lastly, any and all transactions are independent
of this blog. I have no dealings or interactions
with any of the potential
communication, listings, or
transactions. So it becomes extremely important for the community to help each other out when it comes to validating each other. What does that mean? Well, I have seen many of you already posting comments stating specific JCAs you have had a great transactions with. I think this is great! It helps build "reputations" for those JCAs when it comes to buying/selling. However, please feel free to post about the ones you have had terrible, as well as "meh" or "not so great", transactions with too. You may not be the only one who has that unfortunate experience, and you can help another JCA in terms of what to expect when dealing with that particular person. I know some of you hesitate doing this because you do not want to "call out" the other party, or be perceived as mean. But you are doing neither if you are just stating the facts of the situation. All you are doing is holding the other member accountable. (This might even open a dialogue to clear up any miscommunication, or provide a chance to make things right. That is a good thing!)
If you have anything to add to this conversation, please speak up and share! As Francis Bacon said, "knowledge is power". And as G.I. Joe would say, "Knowing is half the battle!"