Staying Safe When Meeting From Craigslist & EBay

Housework can’t kill you. But why take the chance?
Comedian Phyllis Diller

These days buying and selling on Craigslist and EBay is as common as housework, but contrary to Phyllis Diller’s humorous quip, it can be much more dangerous. Certainly most dealer or buyers are normal people looking for a great deal or a fair trade. However, due to the open nature of these markets and the ease of anonymity, risks and dangers are resident in most every transaction.

Taking control of the environment as best you can usually means meeting a buyer or seller in a well-lit public place. Coffee shops, convenient stores, and well-lit superstore parking lots are popular choices for Craigslist transactions.

Buying or selling on EBay is, of course, most commonly done through the shipping the goods purchased. However what if you are selling a larger household item such as a dining room table, a couch, or a refrigerator? It’s not practical to load it up for every interested person without knowing if they will purchase it in the end.

In such cases, if you are a female make sure there is a male present with you when your potential buyer comes to check out what you are selling. It is likely an inconvenience for you and for the person you ask to be there with you, but taking strong measures to reduce the risk of injury, personal harm, or even death is well worth it.

In addition, you may consider using your garage (if you have one) to store and show the goods you are selling. Opening the garage door is next best thing to being outside in public/neighborhood view.

Unfortunately some citizens have suffered traumatic injuries or even deaths from meet ups to buy or sell on these marketplaces. If you know someone who has suffered an injury due to the negligence or inattention of another person, you need a skilled attorney on your side.

As experienced personal injury lawyers, we understand the stress and worry you are feeling. We will diligently pursue the maximum compensation possible in your situation to account for your lost wages, medical bills, property damage, and pain and suffering.

To schedule a free consultation with an attorney at Neufeld, Kleinberg & Pinkiert, PA, call toll free 800-379-8326.