By Carrie Lynn
Trading is a big part of the collector’s community. With today’s technology, it is simpler to trade with someone on the other side of the world than it has ever been.
If we want something that is not easy to obtain, we can search the internet and either buy or trade for that item.
Amazing how day-to-day trading has changed.
Trade originated with human communication in prehistoric times. Trading was the main facility of prehistoric people, who bartered goods and services from each other thousands of years ago.
People would trade with one another to complete each other’s needs. .. it allowed countries, communities, and individuals to specialize in something and become increasingly productive.
With today’s trading, the opportunity and items to get can be endless and much easier to obtain. However, with trading, there is always the risk of getting scammed. Unfortunately, this will always be in the equation.
When I first started trading I was horrible at it. I didn’t fully understand that when trading, you are putting your trust in others while hoping they do the same. Once I finally understood that when you make an agreement you need to follow through with it.
It took me a while to get that into my head but once I did, I have become a trader that people can trust. That alone is an awesome feeling.
I’ve now been trading for over 10 years. In that time I have come across many different kinds of people and many of them were scammers. Because of this, I have learned to spot a few things to help steer you away from a bad trade.
Now I’m not saying this will spot every kind of scammer out there, but it’s a checklist that can definitely help!
- If the deal is too good to be true, then most likely it is.
- Ask for photos of the item. Make sure it’s multiple photos and have them include a timestamp. (A timestamp is their name and date on a piece of paper next to the item)
- If they ask you to send cash in the mail or to use PayPal friends and family…DON’T. Save this for when you know the person and trust them 100%
- Watch for if they send you money for more than agreed and then ask that you send them back the difference. This one is a big scam that happens way too often! Mostly to people who are new in the trading game.
- Search feedback from other groups/communities to see if the person who you are trading with has a good or bad track record.
- Do not, I repeat DO NOT, send money that can not be covered through PayPal or whatever means you use to pay. This also goes with #3!
- Don’t overdo it, don’t have 20 trades going at once. It can get messy and confusing. Keep it simple with a few at a time.
The thrill of a successful trade is very satisfying so long as it isn’t ruined! You can grow your collection bigger and better than before, and also make great friends in the trading world.
Personally, I have a person I have traded with more time than I can remember. We always end up trading back our stuff to each other down the road… It’s fantastic!
Trading is one of my favorite things, just remember there is always a risk in it. If you keep your mind focused and remember a few tips, you can avoid these as much as possible.
Now go find a great trade out there in the world!