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Maybe I've just not sold any consumer items on Carbonite before but lately I have been inundated with people wanting to come "view" the stuff I have for sale... Usually from low feedback peeps and never with any commitment attached to the "viewing".

Is this something that's isolated to me or is it normal?

Am I justified in labelling these people as scammers and moving on?
 

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Maybe I've just not sold any consumer items on Carbonite before but lately I have been inundated with people wanting to come "view" the stuff I have for sale... Usually from low feedback peeps and never with any commitment attached to the "viewing".

Is this something that's isolated to me or is it normal?

Am I justified in labelling these people as scammers and moving on?
As someone who asked to "come view" your K3G3R, I take offense to this :cautious:;)

We need a Carbonite version of "tire kicker." Maybe "mouse clicker?"
 

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Not here to provide any valuable input, just here to View this thread.

That is all, as you were.
 

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Wondering now if I should get a coffee table. I don't have anywhere to put it, but it would be nice.
 

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It's like people who respond to ads with "is it available?" Most of them are just wasting time. 9/10 times on Gumtree or OLX I send them the location of a POI close by and tell them to send me a message when they're there and I hardly ever get those messages.
TL;DR - don't waste your time
 

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Well how else would I test the quality of the fridge I'm potentially buying without taking a bite out of your cheese and swig of your milk to test the temperatures.

I'm here for the full Carbonite experience and that entails quenching my thirst and fulfilling my hunger.

Shh... Just let it happen..
 

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if it's someone on carb that can be vouched for, then come on in...

but if it is a stranger, we can meet at mcdonalds, and use their plug point to test out the fridge/etc....
 

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As a rule - if an advert is descriptive enough and pictures provided I don't see the value in entertaining requests to view an item on sale - during the times we find ourselves in now more than ever.
I suppose if it's a niche item and the internet doesn't afford much in the way of details on the item, viewing makes sense.
This WFH thing has turned our household in to a nudist home - if anyone wants to view they best be prepared to unclothe at the entrance.
My house - my rules. That being said, anything I sell to female members - sales are based on compulsory viewing of the item beforehand.
 
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As a rule - if an advert is descriptive enough and pictures provided I don't see the value in entertaining requests to view an item on sale - during the times we find ourselves in now more than ever.
I suppose if it's a niche item and the internet doesn't afford much in the way of details on the item, viewing makes sense.
This WFH thing has turned our household in to a nudist home - if anyone wants to view they best be prepared to unclothe at the entrance.
My house - my rules. That being said, anything I sell to female members - sales are based on compulsory viewing of the item beforehand.
I think I'm gonna update my terms and conditions to these... :devilish:
 

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Well, I have a few times have asked to view an item, usually cash in hand and ready to buy if it's as advertised.

But I have gone to someone maybe twice where they stated it was in great condition only to see that it's in pretty bad shape.
 

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I refused someone in the past to come look at an item that wanted to pay cash on site. I said NO, EFT only up front. Turned out to be a scammer IMHO (also, he had 0 iTraders) hence I also don't like strangers coming into my home looking at stuff. My adds are usually pretty self explanatory regarding condition etc. if there is something wrong with a device I sell, I say it as it is. No need to sugar coat it on this community. Not if you wanna have a lekker long stay anyway...
 
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I refused someone in the past to come look at an item that wanted to pay cash on site. I said NO, EFT only up front. Turned out to be a scammer IMHO (also, he had 0 iTraders) hence I also don't like strangers coming into my home looking at stuff. My adds are usually pretty self explanatory regarding condition etc. if there is something wrong with a device I sell, I say it as it is. No need to sugar coat it on this community. Not if you wanna have a lekker long stay anyway...
Take note all prospective buyers, bragging about the value of your car and the number of businesses you own, won't move @HNO3 from his principles.
 

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This WFH thing has turned our household in to a nudist home - if anyone wants to view they best be prepared to unclothe at the entrance.
My house - my rules. That being said, anything I sell to female members - sales are based on compulsory viewing of the item beforehand.

Reminds me of a time when I went out on a call-out (back when I was working as an IT technician in the early 2000s) to a house. It was during the school holidays and the door was answered by a completely nude pre-teen kid. Inside waited his two younger naked siblings. They seemed to be home alone, apart from the domestic worker. The eldest proceeded to lead me to the faulty computer, rest of the bare-bottomed clan in tow. They hovered around me as I fixed the PC in record time and bolted out of there! Worst thing was that I had an appointment and they were expecting me.
The only apology/explanation offered was that their mom had to go somewhere and couldn't wait for me.
 

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@goldfritter, no I had like 4 people ask to view the Surface book laptop I have for sale...
As someone who deals in the sale of laptops, this is normal even if you send them all details and pictures beforehand. They usually do want to inspect but will come cash in hand/EFT ready. Scratches/Dents are not always visible. There is nothing much to show someone, flip it around to inspect, turn it on and open a couple of things and done. If they are stalling within 5 minutes of all that then get in your car and go (maybe grab some KFC for the ride home)

If they immediately start asking about POP and for the serial number of the laptop then 9/10 times they're a scammer.

Meet somewhere public. Shell garages (and others) should have a plug point to test the charger inside next to your chocolates & sweets and it doesn't hurt to carry ;)
 

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As a rule - if an advert is descriptive enough and pictures provided I don't see the value in entertaining requests to view an item on sale - during the times we find ourselves in now more than ever.
I suppose if it's a niche item and the internet doesn't afford much in the way of details on the item, viewing makes sense.
This WFH thing has turned our household in to a nudist home - if anyone wants to view they best be prepared to unclothe at the entrance.
My house - my rules. That being said, anything I sell to female members - sales are based on compulsory viewing of the item beforehand.
In my 138 unique iTrader ratings, some of which are dupes, and a whole lot of which go unrated I don't recall ever having met a female on here...
 

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For a laptop or anything else where the physical condition of the item can impact the value then yes I would want to physically view the item.

if you not happy with that then I would rather pass on the item, some peoples definition of "excellent, as new, minor scratches are not universal terms and thus I would prefer to see an item.

Totally understand that people don't want you at their premises I will meet in a public place if preferred or like I said just pass on the item.

Do people really view items they have no intention of buying, is that like personal window shopping lol. I would definitely not waste my time like that, if I go to view something I have every intention of buying unless it turns out shit then il pass.
 

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If they immediately start asking about POP and for the serial number of the laptop then 9/10 times they're a scammer.

For a laptop I think POP is a fair question, laptops are one of the most easily stolen items.

Serial number might be a bit dodge yes.
 

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For a laptop I think POP is a fair question, laptops are one of the most easily stolen items.

Serial number might be a bit dodge yes.
I'm curious, why is getting the serial number dodge? I once asked a Carbonite for it because he couldn't tell me if it was under warranty and wanted to check myself. As soon as I did he blew cold and said he wasn't going to sell it to me. I was really confused and pretty frustrated.

If anything I would think that by giving the serial number you can prove that the laptop is legit and wasn't stolen. Why is this a bad thing?
 

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Never said do not give out the serial as you do need this to verify warranty which is fairly easy for Dell/HP/Lenovo. Certain brands are a pain in the ass to get warranty details.
I said if they ask for it immediately

Quite a few scammers would try to say you have their laptop and get the "authorities" involved. Some have went so far as to print it out and try to replicate the original sticker that goes on the Laptop box.
recently I heard a funny story about someone I know selling their personal laptop and had this woman viewing it for about 20 minutes who asked all kinds of weird questions, claimed that her laptop was stolen, took pictures of the serial of the laptop and of the charger and for some reason wanted to view their recycle bin:ROFLMAO:. He did not have a POP since the laptop was old and no longer under warranty.
 

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I'm curious, why is getting the serial number dodge? I once asked a Carbonite for it because he couldn't tell me if it was under warranty and wanted to check myself. As soon as I did he blew cold and said he wasn't going to sell it to me. I was really confused and pretty frustrated.

If anything I would think that by giving the serial number you can prove that the laptop is legit and wasn't stolen. Why is this a bad thing?

I would just expect the first question to be if you have proof of purchase instead of asking for the serial number. I would offer to confirm the warranty myself though.
 

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I would just expect the first question to be if you have proof of purchase instead of asking for the serial number. I would offer to confirm the warranty myself though.
In this case there was no proof of purchase.

What benefit would a scammer gain by getting the serial number from the seller?
 

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I assume this is for your monitor?
If so it makes sense for newbies

Edit: I see it was for a laptop.
Tbh I have done that before, even driving a bit far to check it out.
And I didn't buy it, sometimes sellers dont list the full specs
And you want to check if all the usb ports work etc especially if you are buying for someone else.
But ye can trust the itrader most times
 
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