Can You Trust Buying Things Off Facebook In Amarillo, TX.?
Recently we talked about how Amarillo, TX. seemed to be the garage sale capital of the world. I still feel that holds true after driving around the last month and seeing more and more signs for sales on the street.
However, it doesn't seem to stop there. There are so many different groups on Facebook that are virtual yard sales where people can sell off their odds and ends. You can typically find some great deals on there, and yes, you can even haggle a bit just like a garage sale.
Congratulations, you've sold something! That's great, now it's time to exchange the product for the money. This is where those virtual yard sales tend to get a bit tricky and scary.
Recently, there were six people arrested in connection with a violent robbery. While we don't know the specifics behind it just yet, we do know this person was lured to a house where they were beaten and had their car stolen.
It's that whole lured to the house thing that got me. When someone says you can just come to their place and pick it up, you don't seem to think twice about it. Maybe now we should. It's not hard for someone to post something on social media that they don't have any intention of selling just to get you to their place.
Now, most people are on the up and up and truly just want to get rid of their item. There are those select few though that have something else in mind. The last thing we want to see is something like this happen because you thought you were getting a nice decorative table for your house.
When purchasing, or selling for that matter, something on social media it's best to meet up in a public place with a lot of cars, people, or cameras around to avoid something like this from happening. If they refuse to meet you in a public place, you should absolutely second guess what you're doing and get out of the sale.
Again, we don't know if this is something that happened in this alleged robbery, but it did get to me to thinking how easy it would be to see something like this happen because of a Facebook sale.