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What are some tips for purchasing items through Craigslist?

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Meeting in a public place, doing your own research on a product before purchasing, and being wary of strangers are some of the most important tips for buying things through Craigslist. Because Craigslist is free for anyone to use, stay safe when meeting people and ensure that you're buying exactly what was advertised.

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Criminals sometimes list items for sale on Craigslist with the intention of trying to rob those who meet to purchase the items. Do not meet anyone alone; all meetings for Craigslist purchases should take place in public.

Other people sometimes post items for a price that is far less than the item is actually worth. Sometimes this is done unintentionally, while other times it's a scam to try and gather buyers' personal information such as email addresses and phone numbers. Always research the suggested price for items through online stores like Amazon.com, eBay.com and others to ensure that what you're buying isn't priced either outrageously high or so low that it's too good to be true.

When purchasing electronics or other items that require electricity to function, always test the items out before agreeing to the sale. Meeting in a place like a coffee shop is great for purchasing electronics, since you're able to plug what you're buying into a power outlet and test it out to make sure it's functional.

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