Keep safe when selling things online

Selling a car

Selling things you no longer want can be a great way to de-clutter your home and make some extra money. There are numerous online websites where you can sell items or event tickets, but caution must be taken to ensure that you remain safe when selling through the secondhand market.

Meet in Public

When possible, try to meet in a public place, such as a mall, coffee shop, or even in front of a police station. As the seller, stay in control of the meeting location, and do not allow the buyer to attempt to switch your agreed upon meeting place to a different location.

Tell Someone Where You’ll Be

Make sure you give the details of your meet-up to a family member or friend. This will give you added protection in the event something goes wrong. If possible, try to arrange to have someone with you when you go to meet the buyer.

Only Accept Cash

Meeting up to sell something? Don’t accept a personal cheque and never give out your banking information. A cheque can easily bounce or be cancelled, leaving you out of luck, so accepting cash is your safest option.

Selling a more expensive item such as a vehicle? Request the buyer meet you at your financial institution. This will allow you to confirm the transaction has been successful prior to giving the buyer the keys.

If it Seems too Good to be True, it Probably is

When selling online, always remember the golden rule: if it is too good to be true, it probably is. If a buyer is making you feel uneasy or uncomfortable, trust your gut and walk away from the deal.