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Help needed with potential buyer

Post by manitoujoe » Tue Jan 09, 2018 5:09 pm

Hey gang!

I have a potential buyer on WUS for my Glycine Airman DC-4. Problem is he’s got 0 posts, has asked strange questions and I’m not sure of the best way to protect myself when accepting funds via PayPal and shipping.

I’ve heard nightmare stories here and on WUS so I’m hoping someone can help guide me?

Thanks in advance. Really want to get this sold.

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Re: Help needed with potential buyer

Post by BacoNoir » Tue Jan 09, 2018 5:12 pm

Tell him since he’s got zero feedback, he’ll need to do wire transfer or you’ll have to find another buyer. That’s abut the only way to be certain.

That said, early on in my purchases with little history, I shared my LinkedIn account with sellers and sent them an e-mail from my work account to help them know who they were dealing with - not the same level of protection, but does help ID who you are really dealing with.
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Re: Help needed with potential buyer

Post by watches503 » Tue Jan 09, 2018 5:16 pm

I almost always tell them I only feel comfortable if they pay full amount as friends and family and explain to them why.

Maybe he has hundreds of transactions on eBay though ? Ask for his eBay handle.


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Post by Aaron Shapiro » Tue Jan 09, 2018 5:16 pm

If he pays PP f&f then you should be pretty safe.


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Post by manitoujoe » Tue Jan 09, 2018 5:20 pm

Hm great ideas. The bank wire thing makes me nervous. Wouldn’t that give him access to my banking info? I’m such a noob right now. lol life before PayPal


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Re: Help needed with potential buyer

Post by fastward » Tue Jan 09, 2018 5:22 pm

Crypto or GFY.


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Re: Help needed with potential buyer

Post by Chocodove » Tue Jan 09, 2018 5:23 pm

For zero posts, I don't think it's unreasonable to ask for a scan/pic of his drivers license. He can redact the actual license number if he wants. If he's legit, that shouldn't be a problem. Then you can look him up on LinkedIn, etc. to confirm it's an actual person.
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Post by Heuerville » Tue Jan 09, 2018 5:25 pm

Who has 0 posts on WUS - and then immediately wants to buy a watch? Turn around and walk away.
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Re: Help needed with potential buyer

Post by Chocodove » Tue Jan 09, 2018 5:29 pm

Heuerville wrote:
Tue Jan 09, 2018 5:25 pm
Who has 0 posts on WUS - and then immediately wants to buy a watch? Turn around and walk away.
I've had sales to zero or low posters there before that went off without a hitch. I do agree it's a red flag, however.
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Post by 59yukon01 » Tue Jan 09, 2018 5:32 pm

As mentioned above go the friends and family route. I did do a deal on WUS with someone with 1 or 2 posts, but they had great feedback on a different forum. It went smoothly.

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Re: Help needed with potential buyer

Post by fastward » Tue Jan 09, 2018 5:33 pm

Heuerville wrote:Who has 0 posts on WUS - and then immediately wants to buy a watch? Turn around and walk away.
Back in the day, most of my deals were with guys with zero posts.


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Re: Help needed with potential buyer

Post by ChuckW » Tue Jan 09, 2018 5:33 pm

manitoujoe wrote:
Tue Jan 09, 2018 5:20 pm
Hm great ideas. The bank wire thing makes me nervous. Wouldn’t that give him access to my banking info? I’m such a noob right now. lol life before PayPal
For a wire payment, I've used a bank account with an online bank that has no minimum balance, no fees, and a very small balance. You can also do an online bank transfer, which is free to both parties and then there's Venmo, which is owned by PayPal and works the same as PayPal f&f without violating their terms of service.
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Post by Denizen » Tue Jan 09, 2018 5:34 pm

I'd walk away. What sort of strange questions is he asking, BTW?

Some years back, I read about some fraud with some wire transfer transactions.

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Post by Heuerville » Tue Jan 09, 2018 5:37 pm

Chocodove wrote:
Tue Jan 09, 2018 5:29 pm
Heuerville wrote:
Tue Jan 09, 2018 5:25 pm
Who has 0 posts on WUS - and then immediately wants to buy a watch? Turn around and walk away.
I've had sales to zero or low posters there before that went off without a hitch. I do agree it's a red flag, however.
I do agree.. however, if it were me, and I was new on a site, I'd be "Hi I'm new to this site, but I have 100's posts on this site, and on this site, please go on there and check me out, ask around etc, or google my name etc etc etc"

But someone completely unknown? Never bought a watch online before?
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Re: Help needed with potential buyer

Post by manitoujoe » Tue Jan 09, 2018 5:39 pm

Venmo might be a good option.

He gave me his name, but it's popping up everywhere. So if I need it, the license angle might be good. It's hard to flip a 24-HR watch, even a Glycine. Ugh.

Here are some of the questions. And yes, I *know*. These are weird. Enjoy.

"I’d appreciate if you could answer a few questions before I make the call:

- Where did you first acquire this watch and for how much?
- What made you give up this watch specifically? You did mention thinning out the collection; was there something you found that you weren’t expecting?
- If you could switch this with any Glycine watch for free, what model would you consider? Or any other 24hr watch?"
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Post by Heuerville » Tue Jan 09, 2018 5:41 pm

manitoujoe wrote:
Tue Jan 09, 2018 5:39 pm
Venmo might be a good option.

He gave me his name, but it's popping up everywhere. So if I need it, the license angle might be good. It's hard to flip a 24-HR watch, even a Glycine. Ugh.

Here are some of the questions. And yes, I *know*. These are weird. Enjoy.

"I’d appreciate if you could answer a few questions before I make the call:

- Where did you first acquire this watch and for how much?
- What made you give up this watch specifically? You did mention thinning out the collection; was there something you found that you weren’t expecting?
- If you could switch this with any Glycine watch for free, what model would you consider? Or any other 24hr watch?"

FUCK THAT, the guys a time water and a nut job
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Re: Help needed with potential buyer

Post by JDC222 » Tue Jan 09, 2018 5:44 pm

Heuerville wrote:
Tue Jan 09, 2018 5:25 pm
Who has 0 posts on WUS - and then immediately wants to buy a watch? Turn around and walk away.
This.

Not worth the hassle.
Be polite, be professional but have a plan to kill everybody that you meet.

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Post by hoppes-no9 » Tue Jan 09, 2018 5:44 pm

ChuckW wrote:
Tue Jan 09, 2018 5:33 pm
manitoujoe wrote:
Tue Jan 09, 2018 5:20 pm
Hm great ideas. The bank wire thing makes me nervous. Wouldn’t that give him access to my banking info? I’m such a noob right now. lol life before PayPal
For a wire payment, I've used a bank account with an online bank that has no minimum balance, no fees, and a very small balance. You can also do an online bank transfer, which is free to both parties and then there's Venmo, which is owned by PayPal and works the same as PayPal f&f without violating their terms of service.

I opened a (free) savings account with my bank specifically to receive wire transfers. I leave no money in that account and use it for no other purpose. I feel better not sharing my primary checking account number online.

That said, we all freak out about sharing our checking account numbers online, yet have no qualms about writing a personal check (with the acct number printed on it) to somebody. :think:
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Re: Help needed with potential buyer

Post by Denizen » Tue Jan 09, 2018 5:44 pm

manitoujoe wrote:
Tue Jan 09, 2018 5:39 pm
Venmo might be a good option.

He gave me his name, but it's popping up everywhere. So if I need it, the license angle might be good. It's hard to flip a 24-HR watch, even a Glycine. Ugh.

Here are some of the questions. And yes, I *know*. These are weird. Enjoy.

"I’d appreciate if you could answer a few questions before I make the call:

- Where did you first acquire this watch and for how much?
- What made you give up this watch specifically? You did mention thinning out the collection; was there something you found that you weren’t expecting?
- If you could switch this with any Glycine watch for free, what model would you consider? Or any other 24hr watch?"
None of those would raise a flag.

But the only way I'd do a deal with him is if he sent a PO money order. In return, knock a little off the price.

Otherwise, move on.

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Re: Help needed with potential buyer

Post by Heuerville » Tue Jan 09, 2018 5:47 pm

Denizen wrote:
Tue Jan 09, 2018 5:44 pm

None of those would raise a flag.

Really?
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Re: Help needed with potential buyer

Post by 1954Selmer » Tue Jan 09, 2018 5:47 pm

In life, I trust history. Zero history is equilent to zero trust... Simple.

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Re: Help needed with potential buyer

Post by ChuckW » Tue Jan 09, 2018 5:49 pm

Heuerville wrote:
Tue Jan 09, 2018 5:41 pm
manitoujoe wrote:
Tue Jan 09, 2018 5:39 pm
Venmo might be a good option.

He gave me his name, but it's popping up everywhere. So if I need it, the license angle might be good. It's hard to flip a 24-HR watch, even a Glycine. Ugh.

Here are some of the questions. And yes, I *know*. These are weird. Enjoy.

"I’d appreciate if you could answer a few questions before I make the call:

- Where did you first acquire this watch and for how much?
- What made you give up this watch specifically? You did mention thinning out the collection; was there something you found that you weren’t expecting?
- If you could switch this with any Glycine watch for free, what model would you consider? Or any other 24hr watch?"



FUCK THAT, the guys a time water and a nut job
I tend to agree. Regardless of any precautions I would take, I hope I'm never too desperate to sell a watch to someone who asks dumbass questions like those.
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Re: Help needed with potential buyer

Post by JP Chestnut » Tue Jan 09, 2018 5:49 pm

Heuerville wrote:
Tue Jan 09, 2018 5:25 pm
Who has 0 posts on WUS - and then immediately wants to buy a watch? Turn around and walk away.
A smart guy who wants a watch? Zero is the best number of WUS posts.

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Re: Help needed with potential buyer

Post by Denizen » Tue Jan 09, 2018 5:51 pm

Heuerville wrote:
Tue Jan 09, 2018 5:47 pm
Denizen wrote:
Tue Jan 09, 2018 5:44 pm

None of those would raise a flag.

Really?
They are oddball questions...maybe his way to of striking up a conversation, dunno. But not enough to squelch a sale.

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