Trust and safety are our number one priority. There was a thread that was created in our Meet Your Neighbors forum that has been in the top five threads for quite some time now, so we wanted to share it with all of you.
By the creator of the thread @SydBey
"Meeting what we call a 'Neighbor' can be very dangerous when you don’t know who you're meeting. They instantly turn into strangers when they live miles away. But there are a few suggestions that I have:
1) Avoid inviting a neighbor into your home. Instead, meet in a public area.
Store, Populated park, Local Library
2) Be aware of warning signs.
Most of us come on OfferUp to sell used items. And there's a lot of New (Unopened) sells too. (which are the best) But if someone has paid/asked for a large amount of money for an item and they haven't opened it I would be wary.
3) Feel more safe by joining TruYou and buying from TruYou Members only. That’s the only way to validate someone's identity before meeting with them.”
“Good idea ...police station parking lot. Perfect suggestion for a meet up when you are buying or selling expensive items....I think a seller would not want to meet there if their goods are not on the up an up…”
"Try to meet up during the day”
“Try not to go alone. It's always best to bring a buddy if you can- even your loyal dog would count!”
“If Single, try to set Meet-Up time & place w/multiple SALES (when possible)Also, try to meet-up within 5 min of your location. Lots of savings; Time, Gas...you understand Wish you many Safe SALES!💜”
“Setup the meeting location at a Starbucks or something similar, close by your home to qualify the buyer (has the appropriate truck, money, manpower,etc.). Once you feel comfortable, proceed to the actual location.”
"Safety is so important and we can never be too careful! Communication with the buyer, not too much just enough to get a feel for who they are. Then when I’m meeting them in public I pick a location that has cameras and I park right in front of them. Don’t get in their car or let them get in yours. I do the transaction outside and go on my way. Also, listen to your gut. If something feels off don’t go and wait for another buyer. And lastly don’t get greedy, it will cloud your judgment. There will always be another buyer. 🙂💜"
“I will never meet someone by myself. I will always have someone I know to go with me when meeting a buyer.”
“I always make sure I have someone with me to wait for me when I do deliveries.”
“I wouldn't text or email anyone. The chat on the app serves the purpose it was intended, and they tell you not to communicate other than through the app; they can reach personal info through those channels. If they insist on email/text, I'd move on; the same thing if a seller insists. There'll be other buyers. Better to be safe.”
“I give very little info until the day of pickup. When the buyer confirms the meet, then it is in a public parking lot, busy area and during the day only. Winter gets dark early so husband goes with me if it is dusk but still a very public place.”
"I always meet in the front of the shopping store entrance ( Walmart, Target, etc). That way you have a video of you meeting the buyer, and have a record in case something unthinkable happens like receiving fake money or goods.”
“McDonald's has top-notch surveillance surprisingly. Especially ones with the kids play areas. The organization builds the whole place with safety a top priority (to avoid lawsuits) Extremely safe place to transact and enjoy a 1$ large beverage.”
“I found a user's past reviews incredibly helpful in feeling comfortable meeting them. I sold an amplifier to another musician, who asked if he could meet me at 10:30pm, due to the fact that his work shift ended so late at night. Initially skeptical, he actually had plenty of positive reviews and feedback from other users which helped me to conclude he would be alright to meet with. He turned out to be a very cheerful, pleasant buyer! Without any reviews or feedback on his profile, I would never even have entertained the idea of meeting someone so late into the night.
Always exercise due caution, but take into account how much positive feedback they've acquired from fellow users. Typically, if they have accumulated a significant source of positive feedback, they have proven themselves trustworthy in my eyes. But again: caution is the best course of action, regardless of other factors!”
“So far I had great experience selling via this app. I ask them to meet in front of one of the stores in my nearby mall. If someone is seriously interested in my item, they get very responsive and confirm. So far, so good. It has been smooth sailing. Very polite buyers!”
What do you think about these tips from your fellow community members? Let us know what you think and if you have any to add in the original thread or comments below!
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