Craigslist is the hob-nob from shopping to dating. What really is concerning is the condition of what items people sell on the site. You’re often hearing horror stories about things on Craigslist and knowing this is the internet you have to be very careful as to how do your shopping since classified ads are often one of those go in with your eyes closed and pray for the worst and hope for the best deals. And in logical terms you have to do such because it’s not one of those things you can just go full throttle on because you have to be very diligent as to what you’re buying off Craigslist or any classified ad site online. There are things on Craigslist that no person of sensible means should even consider buying let alone consider:
Food products-Unless the items are from a reputable company that’s been sent to you unopened and all wrapping and safety tabs in tact. You should NOT buy under any circumstance because you do not know who’s been handling the item and if it looked tampered with having safety tabs and seals broken avoid buying it and order it from the company directly so you know that it has not been tampered with. This also applies for pet food as well.
Clothing-This is something nobody should purchase off Craigslist if it’s not new and hasnt been worn this doesnt limit the items to swimwear and undergarments which nobody should purchase from someone on Craigslist and it would best to order them from the catalog or actually getting it from the store in person. You don’t know what condition those things are in and who had them in their possesion.
Personal hygiene products-This is not something you would buy from someone on Craigslist because it involves something you put on or in your body. You don’t want to buy items like toothbrushes or feminine hygiene items because it has to come in contact with the body. You want to get stuff like this from the drug store where the packaging hasnt been tampered with and its sterile.
Automobiles-Do not buy a car off Craigslist because you should physically go and look at a car and test drive it and consider bringing someone like a mechanic along to help you evaluate the condition of a car that you may not be able to spot that a mechanic can pick up on. Not to mention some sellers are not as honest as you may think and will attempt to sell you something that may be faulty or has a history of problems that you may not be aware of that wasn’t reported to Carfax or any site that tracks a car’s maintenance history. When buying a car go see the car in person and bring someone who’s experienced in evaluating a car’s condition.
Furniture-This is rather sketchy in nature because with the issue of bedbugs and common household pests you have to be cautious about buying used furniture. Like a car you should go and look at the item personally and don’t rely solely on photos because everything is not what it seems until you see it for yourself. It’s best not to buy used furniture because you don’t know how it was kept and if it has not been exposed to things like bedbugs, fleas, ticks, and other parasites that transfer from clothing and animals. As many know bedbugs are extremely hard to get rid of and it can spread through used furniture that’s unclean.
Animals-Giving the recent surge of breeding mills you don’t want to purchase any animals on Craigslist because you don’t know where the animal came from and how it was raised. Unsuspecting buyers don’t bother to ask where the dog or cat came from. Breeding mills often produce puppies and kittens that could be in poor health due to the conditions they came from. You also have people who sell animals that are not legal to own which some buyers aren’t aware of.
Craigslist may sound good to save a few pennies with buying used or so called nearly new things, but you may want to spend a little more to know you’re not going to get taken. Use sound judgment when buying or dealing with anyone off Craigslist. You want to deal locally if you choose to buy from the website because anyone who’s out of town can be sketchy because you don’t know who you’re dealing with and you’re communicating by phone and email and have not seen the seller face to face so you can actually ask questions about what you’re considering to buy. You do want to be careful in doing any kind of business on Craigslist because you don’t want to get taken by a seller for something that isn’t what you expected it to be.