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.
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