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Private Sales

Buying from a private individual may get you a good deal or allow you to purchase an item not otherwise available. It is however, important to note that private sales are not covered by consumer protection laws concerning fair marketing.

You will want to be extra careful to ensure that you are getting a reasonable deal. Extra caution is also needed when buying from private individuals through sites like Craigslist or kijiji. If the site offers user-ratings of sellers, read them carefully and question their legitimacy.

When buying privately...

  • Always take someone along who knows about the item you are looking at. Have that person examine the goods thoroughly.
  • Be wary of similar ads that keep appearing with the same phone number. Watch out for a seller advertising an item, but responding to inquiries by saying that the item is no longer available, but that they or a friend has another item you may be interested in. These may be schemes for unscrupulous dealers to disguise themselves as private individuals.

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