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thread: Would you have an ebay buyer come to your home to inspect what you're selling?

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    BellyBelly Life Subscriber

    Nov 2008
    Melbourne
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    Would you have an ebay buyer come to your home to inspect what you're selling?

    Ok, so the title pretty much says it all. I'm selling our old pram and the person who is the highest bidder has just sent a request asking to come and inspect it. DH thinks I should organise to meet them at a park or cafe... But I spent hours cleaning this damn pram and really don't want to take it out. I tend think that if DH is home and I bring the pram out onto the verandah for them to look at it, it should be fine.



    But, what would you do?

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    BellyBelly Member

    Oct 2007
    Middle Victoria
    8,924

    Yep, i would let them come to the house. what is dh scared of?

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    BellyBelly Life Subscriber

    Nov 2008
    Melbourne
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    His thing is we don't know who they are... Which is true, but they're buying a pram for goodness sake! I really doubt serial killers scout out their victims by shopping for prams on ebay!

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    Registered User

    Apr 2008
    Melbourne
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    Make them come at a time when he is home too. But I have always had people come to pick things up from the house and I have it right by the front door to take out to the verandah.

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    BellyBelly Member

    Feb 2008
    Country Victoria
    5,945

    Yeah if possible, Ide want to inspect a pram off ebay before buying it too.

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    BellyBelly Member
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    Feb 2007
    on the move.....
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    For items like that I think it is reasonable for them to know exactly what it is like before they buy it. If you have your DH home and the pram close by then I think it would be fine.

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    BellyBelly Life Subscriber

    Nov 2008
    Melbourne
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    Yeah, that's what I tend to think. Her bid is already up to $510. If I was buying a second hand pram I'd definately want to look at it first and make sure everything worked. I also put on the ad that I was happy for people to inspect prior to the auction ending, so I'm not suprised they've asked.

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    BellyBelly Member

    Jul 2008
    Melbourne
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    if i was buying, i'd want to have a look! i agree with the PPs that if your DH is home & you have the pram close to the door, it shouldn't be a problem

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    BellyBelly Member

    Oct 2007
    1,282

    Yes I would let them but I would make sure DH was home too. I sold DS's pram on ebay last year and have sold numerous things as pick up only and the people have always been really nice and I end up wondering why I was so worried about strangers coming to our home. Its good to be cautious so I dont blame your DH but am sure you have nothing to worry about. Good luck.

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    BellyBelly Member

    Mar 2011
    Brisbane's Southside
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    If they didn't inspect it would they be coming to your house to pick it up anyway? I don't see the harm in it - but it's a personal decision to have strangers in your house and definitely something that you DH should be happy with before you do it.


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    BellyBelly Life Subscriber

    Oct 2008
    Victoria
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    I sold our old pram through ebay, one couple came to have a look but weren't the ones who ended up buying it. That being said, I made DH deal with it all as it made me too emotional

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    BellyBelly Member

    May 2012
    Where faith conquers fear
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    Probably not, you never know what kind of fruit loop might show up!

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    BellyBelly Member

    Sep 2011
    107

    Probably not, but I don't even like my friends visiting half the time

    If your DH can be there, it's probably the best option. $500+ is a lot to spend on something you've never really "seen".

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    BellyBelly Member

    Jan 2007
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    I would for an excy item like that, for a $10 item no!

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    Registered User

    Sep 2008
    Adelaide
    3,201

    Sounds reasonable - we sold a treadmill on ebay for $800 bucks and were happy for the winning bidder to come and see it (then take it after they handed over the cash!!). Its really no different to selling stuff the old fashioned way, through the paper where people came to pick stuff up rather than it getting posted

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    BellyBelly Member

    Feb 2008
    on a journey called life, finding our way home
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    definatly! I have also sold and brought things from homes. If someone said to me you cant come and have a look I would think they are hiding something.

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    Registered User

    Jan 2009
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    Probably not, you never know what kind of fruit loop might show up!
    Really? Why is everyone other than oneself deemed to be a frootloop or non desirable these days? I find it quite sad just how quick we all are to find fault in others these days, if they don't conform to our ideal of a person. (and I am speaking generally and to myself as well).

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    BellyBelly Member
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    Apr 2007
    Recently treechanged to Woodend, VIC
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    I had a bloke come and inspect a coffee table. I was on my own. Didn't think twice about it TBH.

    At the end of the day, the police could trace them through their computer stuff. Am sure they know that too.

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