It is a good idea to be cautious when buying online. There's always a potential risk involved in transferring goods and payments between two parties. Read the Tips for Buyers below for safety suggestions. Be smart, use common sense, and have fun!
- Contact the seller. Ask lots of questions about the item to avoid wasting time to view it if you can determine first that it is not what you are looking for.
- Always inspect and test the item before paying for it. If it can't be inspected or tested before the sale, it probably isn’t worth it.
- BargainHunter.ca DOES NOT offer any 'Purchase Protection' program.
- Know the item you’re buying. If a description of an item is unclear, be sure to ask questions of the seller before you make an offer. If you're not sure what item is worth, do a little research so you can decide what you're willing to pay.
- Keep all records of correspondence. It is a good idea to keep all emails, notes, shipping papers, and payment information. Print a copy of the classified ad for future reference.
- Ask to see the item before you agree to buy. If possible, ask to see a picture of the item, or see it in person, before you make a final decision. This will help you verify the authenticity and condition of the item and the legitimacy of the seller.
- Use common sense. If a classified ad seems too good to be true, it probably is. Do some research; use online shopping portals to learn the market price for the items or services that interest you. Bargainhunter.ca does not endorse or verify the information contained in any classified ad. Your best protection is to use common sense.
- Evaluate your payment options. A deal should only proceed if the buyer and seller are comfortable with each other and the terms of payment. The buyer and seller should also agree on a return policy, if any, in case the buyer is not happy with the item.