Now let's get this clear I did not say to use your photo. Not implying either that this is real photo of me (or fake whichever). Case here is people are more likely to trust someone who puts a real picture, even more if they are verified. Now if I rip off someone it is also for their protection and mine that they know who they are dealing with. Both through personal meeting of the exchange and through online interaction. I Don't know why you got offended over something that is based on opinion and experience and take it as an attack to discredit users not using photos of themselves (which I assume is the reason why you are being so defensive). The topic of this convo is to give advice to future offerup users and how to protects themselves. I am merely pointing out that users with 100+ sales with 1 hand count ratings is definitely something to look out for all the more if it uses enticing images tthat may...or may not... lead people on to a false security. Now if you get offended by what i said, I sincerly apologize for hurtin you feelings. I seem to have forgotten that in these days and age feelings are easily hurt...again sorry for my insensitve experience based opinion.
Agree with you take for example products already listed as firm they will ask for lower price. Also things your are selling that are firm AND had their prices slashed because its been weeks or months they still ask for lower and sometimes insultingly half of that slashed price. There are also those that ask for an arm and a leg to take them on your word when they have just 1-4 ratings and some even below 3 stars and below while you the buyer has already established an excellent 5 stars overall ratings in hundreds of sales.
That's the funny thing though, when you are verified and you give them a location for meetup which in most cases is local and only 10-20 minutes away some give a roundabout way of sayin they can't do it. As a verified seller you know and they know in the back of their head they can trust the person. But as the buyer, they want you the seller to drop it off for them. Now I have no issue with that but when you have had no shows before you know how frustrating is to waste the time talking to someone, change your plans for that day to negotiate a meetup time, pay for the gas, and end up with someone pulling your leg.
So I tell them this, pick up only. I have already sent you the meetup location (somewhere in wide public view of course), arrange the time and day beforehand and when you get there message me and I will arrive at the location in minutes. Any other terms that conflict the meetup conditions is a NO NO. If they can't make it just message an hour before. I think you can safely say that if the buyer and you as a seller (with trusted reputation I hope) set those conditions it's fair to say that it benefits both party with a quick and easy transaction. But all in all the one that holds the power whether this meetup will happen is the buyer, all the while not wasting your time with people not looking to actually buy somethin.