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    How have you all handled a phone swap?

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    I'm engaged in a conversation with another poster who wan'ts to trade phones with me, how have you all handled a swap before? We both only have the one phone and are in different cities...whats the best most trustworthy way to do this?

    My guess is either a lot of trust, or just forget the idea?
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    Re: How have you all handled a phone swap?

    Something that I have tried is to have the person and yourself go and get delivery confirmation numbers from the post office and buy all the postage needed and then exchange the delivery confirm numbers. This will allow both to see that postage has been purchased. I dont know... it is kind of ricky, but I have done it a few times and it has worked. GL.

    Also, I can suggest maybe some sort of short contractual agreement. Not that it would be easy or worth your time to enforce it in a court, but it may help out. Just the legal side of me talking there.

    Just be sure to have as much contact info as possible, name, address, phone numbers, work number...again good luck.
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    Re: How have you all handled a phone swap?

    Quote Originally Posted by zjfarmer View Post
    Something that I have tried is to have the person and yourself go and get delivery confirmation numbers from the post office and buy all the postage needed and then exchange the delivery confirm numbers. This will allow both to see that postage has been purchased. I dont know... it is kind of ricky, but I have done it a few times and it has worked. GL.

    Also, I can suggest maybe some sort of short contractual agreement. Not that it would be easy or worth your time to enforce it in a court, but it may help out. Just the legal side of me talking there.

    Just be sure to have as much contact info as possible, name, address, phone numbers, work number...again good luck.
    Ditto on the contact info...too much is never enough.

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    Re: How have you all handled a phone swap?

    get his/her ip! If he rips you off, have him say clearly what he is trading you. That when when you contact his ISP, you will have valuable info for the cops, and the ISP will give you his address for fraud reasons, this all is of course, if worst comes to worst!

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    Re: How have you all handled a phone swap?

    ~via BB (wap.pinstack.com)~
    Also, do a search in BBAY for that users name to see if someone has dealt with them before.

    We had a recent issue with (what I am now going to label as a) scam artist who took the $, never sent the device, and refuses/refused to answer any correspondence.

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    Re: How have you all handled a phone swap?

    All good suggestion, thanks, keep'em coming...

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    Re: How have you all handled a phone swap?

    Just an Idea:

    Both parties create an auction on Ebay with a price of $1. Immediately after creating the auction each party send the auction number to each other. This will allow for a legal contractual agreement. (?)

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    Re: How have you all handled a phone swap?

    I just got another idea:

    Have you thought of sending the phones to an unaffiliated 3rd party. You could both send the phones there and once that person receives both phones, they would then send them out to the correct person.
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    Re: How have you all handled a phone swap?

    The ebay thing kind of scares me personally because you would have to make sure the other person bid or did the buy it now immediately. In order for the contract to be in force, you would also have to adequately describe what you are selling to other person. I guess that you could do a buy it now with the best offer feature and then the other person offer $1 and then go with it. But I am not sure how the best offer feature works and doing it without the best offer may allow someone else to come in and buy it.

    This is not an attack on anyone bc I dont know who you are dealing with, but I just think that if you have questions enough about the persons integrity that you feel you need to do some of these things other than just having their all their contact info, maybe you should not go through with the deal. I only say this bc I found myself in a similar circumstance recently and decided that feeling like I needed tons of guarantees meant that I was ultimately too uncomfortable with the situation.
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    Re: How have you all handled a phone swap?

    Chris,

    Is this a Pinstack member? If so look at the time on the forum, activity, trust points, etc. also if they are a premium member then Hayden might have additional information....
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    Re: How have you all handled a phone swap?

    Can both parties put a password on there BB. When both phones arrive to the destination just give the password to each other.

    How easy is it to break a password.

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