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How Do I Safely Use Online Classifieds Sites to Buy Something?

Purchasing items through an internet classified site is a great way to find the items you’re looking for at a terrific price, but there are risks you take when you do. Your first line of defense is to use reputable services and follow closely any advice the site gives about buying safely.

How to respond to an ad

Communicating with a prospective seller

Look at transportable items in safe, public places

Only go to the seller’s home to view non-transportable items

With these safety precautions in place, your chances of having only positive buying experiences is very high.

Provided by Linda Criddle, Founder of