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Old 04-28-11, 07:21 PM   #1
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buying out of state??help!!!

alright BF i need some help. I recently got forwarded the http://www.allofcraigs.com/ site and i found a great deal on a frame and i was wondering how could i get this frame if the seller is out of state? would paypal or ebay or are there anyother sites that i could do the transaction safely? please all and any info will help.

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"Avoid scams and fraud by dealing locally! Beware any deal involving Western Union, Moneygram, wire transfer, cashier check, money order, shipping, escrow, or any promise of transaction protection/certification/guarantee. More info"

Verbatim from CL.

Edit: Not saying you're scamming. But that is the common conception. Perhaps a fellow SSFG-er would be willing to help you out.

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Thanks Rustybrown...i know i was just wondering if there were anyways to secure a transaction...

anyone??
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crabon/campy/rapha/roadie-bro.

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+enough for a six pack for the troubles and shipping costs.
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im not sure i get what your saying there Jdgesus
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find a fellow bfssfg'er that lives where the bike is, wire them the money to get it, then have them ship it to you. the assumption is that you can trust us more than you can a random cl poster
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Good point jpaschall but how can i secure a transaction? would posting it on ebay secure it? how secure is buying off ebay?
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If the seller was willing to post it on eBay so you could buy it, that would absolutely protect you as a buyer.
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Cool what about paypal? would i have to use that to pay?
i always thought you needed a paypal account to buy/sell from ebay, so i never look there
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You don't necessarily need a PayPal account to buy from eBay - but only if the seller lists other forms of accepted payment (money order or check).

Also, do not fear PayPal. PayPal is your friend. Opening an account doesn't cost anything. All you need is a bank account to link it to.
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Are you talking about the lo pro frame in jersey? The guy ha the frame up on eBay before so I'm sure he would be willing to ship it. His number is there so calling him would be your best bet. I can check the frame out for you if the guy is willing to meet me in manhattan.
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Thanks for the info scrod il set it up and start buying off ebay ive always wanted to
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i scour national craigs all the time for audio gear, 99% of everyone is willing to ship.
audio gear is alot smaller then a bike, but bike nerds need to sell stuff more to buy other bike stuffs
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so how do you do it? buying and selling along with shipping for a safe transaction
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i have faith in humanity.

and if i have a doubt, i dont do it.

sounds as if you have doubts, so i wouldn't do it.
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alright BF i need some help. I recently got forwarded the http://www.allofcraigs.com/ site and i found a great deal on a frame and i was wondering how could i get this frame if the seller is out of state? would paypal or ebay or are there anyother sites that i could do the transaction safely? please all and any info will help.

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I would say about 1/2 of the things that I post to local craigslists are sold to people out of town that find the ad somehow.

Paypal helps ease concerns. If they've had a paypal account for a few years that makes me feel comfortable as a buyer. For big purchases, if I can get him/her on the phone I'm more comfortable, too. If you find that they are on any forums, that helps. They wouldn't want you flaming them on a place that they frequent. So that's a deterrent.

I've had people have blind faith in me and I've done the same. No bad stories so far (Knock Wood).

Hell, I have more bad stories about dealing with AT&T, Comcast, MET Life, etc... than dealing with craigslist.

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il set it up and start buying off ebay ive always wanted to
It gets very addicting, very fast. Be careful!

Best thing to do is contact the seller and see if they're cool with shipping it to you. I've stopped dealing with people on CL who can barely read/type. And there are LOTS of them out there. If they get back to you and seem legit, chances are everything will work out.
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It gets very addicting, very fast. Be careful!

Best thing to do is contact the seller and see if they're cool with shipping it to you. I've stopped dealing with people on CL who can barely read/type. And there are LOTS of them out there. If they get back to you and seem legit, chances are everything will work out.
I totally agree. If the ad has "u" "r" and other text message language, I pass. If it has poor punctuation (like all lower case and not commas or periods), I pass.

If this is how people choose to represent themselves, I'll pass.

I remember I was interested in buying a set of nice wheels for my car from a dude on a car forum. The few correspondences I had with him were filled with the above. He missed out on a sale.
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@jdgesus-I have faith in humanity also but you cant be too sure
@carleton-your right about the punctuation I look at that when buying/selling and thanks for the advice
@FastJake-thanks for the heads up, il try to limit myself
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ok so he wouldnt mind posting it on ebay and he has a paypal account which should i do? ebay or paypal?it charges him $21 extra to post on ebay so paypal will save me $21
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you could just use paypal i would think. i'm almost positive that they guarantee their purchases, and if the seller does fail to pull through, you can file a grievance through paypal.
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I think Paypal would be a fine way to do it. As far as I know you can report people on there too, and Paypal will stand behind you as the buyer. Where you run into trouble is if you sell something to an idiot/scammer. Paypal will side with the buyer, not the seller.

I've bought two things strictly through Paypal and they're been great. But those were from members here on bikeforums, not random craisglist people.
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well alright! thanks everyone!! i just bought an affinity lo pro in my size! and its threadless comes with stem and bars for 300 shipped!
im super stoked! not so much about the white color, but my buddy can help me custom paint it

Thanks for the info on paypal I now have an account and its super easy!! now to find some wheels....

is there anyone out there that has ridden or owns an Affinity lo pro?
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I've had two. Lol. They are great frames. The seat tube was a little longer than I like. I thought I would just deal with it the second time around but ended up selling it off.
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