6 Ways to Sell Online and Stay Safe

Author: PeopleFinders on August 24th, 2020
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There are plenty of reasons why you might want to sell things online. Maybe you’re trying to clean out your garage. Maybe you’re trying to make a bit of money on the side. Maybe you’re trying to make rent this month! Whatever your reason for selling your old things, you’re going to have to deal with potential risk when you do it.

It’s just a fact: if you’re selling items online to someone you don’t know, you’re going to run some risk. If you’re diligent, you can negate that risk and ensure that you don’t become stuck in a tricky situation.

You can keep yourself as safe as possible selling online with these 6 tips:

  • Set-up payment first
  • Bring a friend along
  • Meet in a public place
  • Go during the day
  • Be upfront with product details
  • Make sure customers are safe

Arrange Payment First

Don’t ask the other person to bring cash. And don’t give instructions to bring a money order or check, as these options can be easily forged.

Try using peer-to-peer payment apps like CashApp and Venmo/PayPal to send and receive money instead. They’re fast and secure. Determine how the person should pay before you meet up, and everything will go more smoothly.

Bring Someone Else with You

Don’t go to complete a transaction by yourself. If you’re with someone else, your chances of running into a dangerous situation decrease significantly. Anyone attempting to pull a fast one may think twice when he or she sees that you have backup nearby.

Always Meet in an Open Area

If you’re even vaguely worried about safety, don’t agree to visit someone else’s house to drop off an item. Nor should you ask the other person to come to your home to pick it up. If you live near a shopping mall, plaza, park or other public area, arrange to do it there instead. That way, neither of you knows the other’s home address, and it doesn’t feel like a trap for either party.

Do It in Broad Daylight

This accompanies the previous tip. There’s a reason why many people don’t like to go out at night; it’s more dangerous to roam around at night than it is to stay home.

If you both have busy schedules and can only meet up after work at 6pm, you may have to yield just a bit. But there’s no reason why you should have to make the exchange at 10pm. Be willing to work with the other person, but hold your ground if something seems strange.

Be Honest with Your Info

You don’t want to accidentally set the other person off. Even if there wouldn’t usually be an issue, you never know whether making the other person angry could upend the transaction.

Not only does it help you avoid an incident, it’s just good business practice. By all means, upsell your product a bit; after all, you want to make a sale. However, don’t straight-up lie, as you won’t get anything good out of that.

Do Your Research Ahead of Time

It’s human nature to want to know a little bit about someone before you meet in person. And when it comes to an exchange of money, it’s just a smart idea. You may have gotten into the habit of quickly doing an internet search with the person’s name, or checking out the Facebook profile attached to the message and doing a bit of digging. If you’re already doing a little bit of research, why not use PeopleFinders to try and make it a lot?

With PeopleFinders, you don’t have to just rely upon information that the other person has provided to you directly. Instead, you can try to search their public records, and possibly find info that’s a warning sign. Check for any criminal records associated with the person with whom you’ll be meeting up. If you find that there’s an assault charge or other violent records, it may be a good decision to decline the offer and look elsewhere.


Most of the people who buy things from you on the internet are going to be completely normal. It’s pretty rare that anyone will have an issue when selling things on the internet.

However, you don’t want to become a statistic. So, it’s important that you use common sense and do a bit of research to try and keep yourself from harm. Instead of just hoping that nothing bad happens to you, take a few seconds to try and research the other person using PeopleFinders. It’s well worth those extra few clicks.

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