When you’re about to purchase higher-valued goods, safety should be at the forefront of your mind. Here are our tips to ensure you don’t get scammed and have a safe transaction when buying second-hand tech:
- Never send money electronically before seeing the goods in person yourself.
- Ask for a hand-written receipt complete with the seller’s name, address, and ID number.
- Take a screenshot of the advert and their contact information before you meet. If the person does end up scamming you or worse, you will want to have a way to contact them or information to give both Gumtree and the police when you report the incident.
- Be wary of a phone that is practically brand new but does not come with the box or any of the accessories it is meant to come with. This could mean that the item is stolen.
- When you see the goods in person, inspect more than just how it looks on the outside by opening up a few apps to ensure there are no glitches.
- Do not purchase an item that is in a sealed box. While this may seem like a great idea because the item is brand new, you cannot trust that the item is actually in that box. Always inspect the item yourself before walking away with it.
- Take your time, do your research to compare pricing and quality, and do not rush into making any decisions. If you meet the seller in person and it just isn’t what you expected, do not feel pressure to have to take it.