Isn't it just common sense? If your going to meet up with random people from craigsilist do it somewhere were there is tons of people around. It is still possible that they are bad people but it should make it safer. It is still better then showing up alone in a random parking lot at night. Reminds me of the classic rusty white ran selling candy.
[citation][nom]maydaynomore[/nom]This is why I always insist on going to the sellers house to pick up whatever they are selling. This way if something is not as "advertised" I know where to go to get my money back.[/citation]
No. I'll never let you come to my house. Crooks always find a way. It was suggested some time ago that you should never, ever, for any circumstances invite an interested party from Craigslist to your home. Lets invite crooks to our house, so they can case the place, and rob you blind while you are not at home. So now, it is common practice to meet somewhere, don't invite potential criminals to your home! You definitely want to meet in a public place, preferably somewhere there are many people around, and take people with you for heavens sake. There have also been instances where people were abducted by going to someones home!
Electronics ads will attract many younger people to the home of a predator. You must exercise common sense before you go running off to someones house you do not know. It is a shame it is this way these days, but you just never know about people anymore.
If you are going to use Craigslist, a little common sense and lot of care needs to be taken whether you are buying or selling.
I have always been cautious about big money deals. I've bought and sold sub $100 items without a problem before though. This is why you have a couple of friends go with you on bigger deals and/or carry a pistol if you have a CHL license. I once sold a built up engine from my house before and had a couple of friends swing in before the buyers showed up. Everything went smooth.
I usually would just meet over in a close parking lot, or sometimes the guy lives 2-3 hours out so something randomly found on google maps is used.
Then there's the occasions when you sell a basketball goal or a piece of furniture. I can't move that before selling. And it in fact took 3 guys to take it. (well that's how many were there anyway, probably less could have done it)
Yeah, these people were dumbasses, no way around it. Smart people meet at a busy location during the day. I've done countless PC hardware, and electronics deals on CL and all that is needed is common sense.