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PostPosted: Tue Feb 01, 2011 10:49 pm 
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Looking at a bike on Gumtree, made the usual enquiries (ie is it hot etc.) and after a fair wait got this reply:

"Hi sorry 4 the late reply.. been tied up with a lot of work commitments outside of town so i've put the bike in UPS custody this afternoon at my cost incl shipping fees. If u agree with delivery I'll wait ur shipping address & phone no as they will call u before hand.

The bike is ok to ride it and it will get to u in approx 1 day. You'll have 30 mins to inspect the pkge's content n void the shipment if something's wrong and the UPS agents will take it back, but everything is like I described so there shouldn't be any problems. For payment you'll need cash in hand.

Msg soon if u have any questions. Thx, *****"


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What on earth? Is this for real do you think? Manchester Gumtree is a minefield at the best of times, but this... this is a new one on me! :? :? :? UPS agents etc... all sounds a bit scary - what do you guys reckon? Thanks, Alex


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 01, 2011 11:14 pm 
Gold Trader / rb Rider / Special
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i have heard of this service before

not heard of anyone using it

does sound very iffy, like alot to go wrong?

but then surely those sorts of companies handle money all the time? maybe search ups for it?


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 01, 2011 11:40 pm 
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never heard of this service , but you only pay after inspecting the bike , so agree a public place for delivery and inspection , and should be fine ?!?!


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 02, 2011 12:29 am 
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I asked seller to confirm how transaction worked and this was the response:

"When I signed the contract with UPS they said I'll be receiving the payment after you accept the shipment and that I'll find out more information after I register an shipping address with them & we'll both receive an email notification regarding this containing all necessary information and important guidelines.. If you wish to continue I'll need to pass UPS an shipping address and phone no."

you think it's wise to use a public address then?


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 02, 2011 12:40 am 
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personally I wouldn't use my home address for this - if possible use a work address and phone number.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 02, 2011 2:39 pm 
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yeah cant go wrong if thats the case

if they say we dont ship to public places say its your place of work


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