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    Buying from the Classifieds - is it safe?

    Hi, I saw a classified ad I might be interested in, but it's over $1000 so naturally I am concerned. The ad seems legit but is there any kind of way to protect myself? Has anyone bought things off the classifieds before and how was your experience? Thanks.

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    Bought two bikes that way. Got terrific deals on both. Same thing with cars, boats, and motorcycles. Cash talks! Check prices ahead of time on ebay and mtbr classified. Take your time, inspect everything closely, and then offer low.

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    buyer protection.......use your credit card
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    Worry-free gear swap

    I just got turned onto this site called: geartrade.com
    free listing, and they handle the transaction and cut you the check.
    You don't have to worry about getting paid, plus you can list for a year for free.

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    bought my my reba from the classifieds, not quite a 1000 dollar purchase but everything went ultra smooth using paypal. Couldnt be happier w/ the buy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lighty_
    Hi, I saw a classified ad I might be interested in, but it's over $1000 so naturally I am concerned. The ad seems legit but is there any kind of way to protect myself? Has anyone bought things off the classifieds before and how was your experience? Thanks.

    I think it is safe or we would hear about it on this forum. The only problem I see is that people sell their bikes for the same price they bought it for 3 years ago.

    Also apparently everybody who sells a bike is a professional bike mechanic and they only rode the bike to church every other sunday
    your moma's so ugly, one time she looked out of the window and got arrested for mooning

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    I bought my new ride and sold my old one through the MTBR classifieds. To protect both of us, the buyer and seller, we used UPS and shipped the bikes COD. If the person stiffs then your out the shipping but you could always get money order up front to cover it.

    This seemed like a good way that made everyone feel comfortable.

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    Classifieds

    Between myself and my friends, we have probably used the MTBR classifieds 50 times. Not once a problem with the actual transaction. The problem comes from the barrage of questions you get from the knucklehead who needs the headtube angle the 98 Salsa single speed your selling.

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