@Jasmin14...Exchanging phone numbers gives both parties some level of confidence in the commitment for the transaction to be fulfilled, which can also be counted as a "verbal" contract. Communicating solely using OfferUp's messaging system is no different then sending emails, as there is NO ACCOUNTABILITY.
@BP_Carlos Please let us know if this ever happens as this should never be an issue. It's always safest to keep communication within our messaging system so you don't have to give out your personal information if you don't feel comfortable in doing so
@Lapua That's actually backwards. Written contracts like messaging would hold up better in court than verbal contracts with no documentation. Not to mention, the vast majority of people don't want or offer phone numbers for stuff like this. I mean, I stopped giving out my number for a reason. The people who wanted it were inevitably the people who would call 100 times and reschedule, tell me their life's story, and ultimately either never show up or would want the thing for free. I would rather just donate my stuff to the nearest thrift store instead of dealing with that nonsense.
@alakani "Written contracts"...that would be describing eBay. On OfferUp...the word "contract" is remotely only applicable when using the payment/shipping method.
It is your preogative on on you wish to conduct your transactions. I just mentioned a way to avoid all the nonsense, as it is a proven method billion times over on CL and eBay for over 20 years.
BTW, one can easily block phone numbers on both iOS and Android devices.