I'm new here and in reading these forums I keep reading that it's NOT ok to give out your phone number in messages. Then I just read another thread where a guy was having trouble messaging and one of the moderators here asked him if he was trying to give out his cellphone number or address (like that was against the rules or something).
So I thought maybe I better ask here before I make a mistake. Is it against the rules to give a buyer your number if they ask for it? Also, why would it be against the rules to give out your address so long as you feel comfortable with the buyer? I guess I'm too used to selling on other sites where that's kind of considered normal interaction if you're trying to sell something and A) a buyer might ask for a contact number to discuss it further (or more likely just to make sure there's a "real" person selling it) and B) a buyer needs an address to know where to come pick something up.
So what am I missing?
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Not to mention that Offerup will not suggest or condone giving out personal info to remove the liability from themselves. That could be very bad for them if they did and you got robbed, hurt, or killed. Just common sense. Always be safe, over cautious is a good thing, and never meet people alone.
Giving out personal information is ill advised, much like meeting at your home address is.
Avoid that whenever possible, understandably bigger items require a home meet up
If someone is requesting your number, it's usually to discuss via phone something that can be easily asked through the message relay.
Im glad it's worked out for you to meet at your home.
I've done it five times and two of those made me not want to do it ever again.
One, the person claimed an item was broken after he got home even though he had fully tested it.
He ended up on the sidewalk for hours, trying to intimidate me for a refund.
The other time, I overheard the buyer say to his friend "—lets lift that PS4" which made me tell my brother, "check the cameras, I think the mailman is here" in order to deter a robbery.
The best OG version is GoogleVoice (free). I have been using GoogleVoice even before it existed, as Google purchased Grand Central and turned it into GV.
For instance, my primary phone is a Xiaomi Mi 6, which has 2 SIM cards slots. I have 2 actual lines in one phone and each line has a GoogleVoice number connected to it. In short, I have 4 lines from one mobile phone. The great part is that the system works flawlessly and I can determine which number each incoming call has dialed from the 4 lines. You can text from each line, record calls, etc.