Looking for a new cell phone, laptop or tablet? There are tonnes on Kijiji, and a secondhand model is a great way of getting the device you have been lusting after, at a budget friendly price. Staying safe is particularly important when dealing with small, high value items, so here are our tips on how to have a great transaction.
Meet face to face. Never send a seller money from your bank account before inspecting the item in person, and don’t send payment via money transfer services.
Ask for a receipt. Get the seller to sign and write his/her name and address on the back of a receipt.
Take a screenshot. Have a copy of the Kijiji ad so you have it as a reference for the transaction.
Be suspicious of a nearly-new phone being sold without packaging or accessories. If the seller can’t produce a receipt or even a charger, it could be a stolen phone. Here is how to check whether a smartphone is legal for sale.
Establish the condition of the phone. Use the phone, open a few apps, and try to find out what state the battery life is in if you can.
Don’t accept a phone laptop or device in a sealed box. As great as sealed boxes may seem, you need to be able to inspect the item. It is not hard to fake a seal on a box, so if the seller won’t allow you to take the item out of the box to test it, it could be faulty or even a fake.
Be careful of malware and viruses on a used device. If possible start with a clean slate by reinstalling the operating system or wiping the phone.
Take your time, and don’t rush into any decisions. If you see an iPhone or similar expensive device advertised at a very significant discount (even if it’s not the most recent model), then it’s probably too good to be true. Don’t pay until you have the device in your hands, and if in doubt, just walk away.