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5 Tips to avoid scams on classified ad sites
Each of us has visited a classified ads site at least once in their lifetime, attracted by inviting prices regarding second-hand products and certainly by asking the following questions:
Can I trust the seller? Will the goods have any defects? Is the product really the one in the picture? Wow very low price! Could it be a scam?
You know, in the web, as in life you have to follow some simple rules to avoid incurring unpleasant situations.
Today we are with Gianmario De Simone, CEO and founder of QIQI MART (network of classified ad sites ) and will help us to understand, in 5 simple steps, how to approach buying items on classified ad sites and avoid scams.
Tip Number 1
CHECK THE PRICE
In the event that we see an interesting product, first of all we must always evaluate the real market value of the product we are examining.
For example, if we see a smartphone that in the store has a current value of 500 at a price of 100, something does not square. The smartphone might be true, but it could generally present some technical problems.
Usually a second-hand product, in excellent condition (like new), has a value that is around 50% (maximum) less than the current market value. When the difference between the actual price and the proposed price is excessive, it is possible that you have stumbled upon a scam.
Tip Number 2
CHECK THE PHOTOS
The second advice we give is to always check the veracity of the images.
To do it’s easy, just drag the image on search images services of most common search engines (Google) and you’re done!
In the event that the photo has been cloned from other sites, the classified ad has a high chance of not being genuine.
Tip Number 3
IN THE SAME COUNTRY
Always make sure that the product you are interested in, is in your country and that the seller’s phone number is from your same nation. Avoid buying products from foreign sellers and goods outside your national borders, because in the case of fraud it will be more difficult (or impossible) to get a refund.
Tip Number 4
When you contact the seller, do it via email or especially via smartphone messaging services, in this way you will have a copy of the conversations that will be useful, to store information about the seller and the product.
In the event that the seller is a professional retailer, make sure that the company is present on search engines and that the phone number matches the one shown on the ad.
Tip Number 5
Remember (if it is possible) to personally view the goods you are interested in. Don’t send money in advance but try to conclude the transactions only in first person and especially after having seen in your hands the product that you will have to buy.
In any case, remember that the best payment methods are those that can be traced! Choose only payment methods tracked (PayPal / Hype / Payment through the bank) and always avoid money transfers!
In conclusion, remember that observing these 5 rules, you will have no problem in buying second-hand items and visit professional classifieds sites such as QIQI MART ( http://www.qiqimart.org ), where there is a technical assistance ready to help you.
This article was written in collaboration with Gianmario De Simone, CEO and founder of QIQI MART, who, together with a team of young professionals, is committed to spreading a transparency policy to promote quality on the marketplace sites.
You can find the QIQI MART marketplaces, to this follow link: