I have been getting some strange offers also from buyers with little or no feedback. Be careful out there!
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Yes, as Rrog stated, Audiogon does not make it possible for us to contact other members through the new system unfortunately. Why don't you post your details here for all to share. We have all been experiencing scams from potential buyers during the past year, most of them from new members, insisting that they send you a money order or check for the item, then also insisting that they will send a "shipper of their choice" to drop by right after you receive the payment by mail (usually on the same day before you discover their payment bounces!) Please share your experiences here, to help make us all aware... Thanks!
Another is for buyers demanding a "bank transfer" do NOT do a bank transfer if the transfer is demanded by the seller. Once you send the money you are SOL if it all goes bad.
If a buyer offers it, then the seller can accept. bank transfers are really a one way no going back method of payment. Safe for the recipient, risky for the sender.
And any new seller, or buyer is risky. Sorry for that, but the scammers are heading this way..
Any deal too good to be true IS.
Agon' needs some sort of 'verified' for sellers and buyers. Where they verify the location/residence of sellers and buyers.
You can't get burned on a MO if it has been cleared and you do not cash it where you keep your bank account. Do not ship or send the buyer the tracking # for a few days. I take money orders but warn the buyer not to make a habbit of using them. I let them know that if I don't ship the item, they are stuck. If they still want touse one then ok.
I don't understand the trepidation about Money Orders. Are you guys refering to Bank issued MO's as opposed to Postal MO's? Seems to me, if I cash the postal MO at the post office and have the money in my hand, then what can go wrong after that? This is the way I have always dealt and it protects both the buyer and the seller. If I scammed the buyer, I believe the post office would consider it "Mail Fraud"...a Federal crime. Please fill me in.