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.