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Old 04-04-2020, 11:51 AM   #21
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I bought my current Airstream with cash. I had to visit several banks in y area to get enough. Depositing large sums of cash can be a problem...
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Old 04-04-2020, 12:07 PM   #22
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I have listed our Airstream on Airstream Forums in the classifieds area. I received a notification today that someone was interested. He said he would pay using PayPal and needed my email address and Name attached to my PayPal account. Plus my zip code to calculate the shipping cost. This was a full price offer first day. Just felt too good to be true. I told him that I preferred to request the money thru PayPal and needed his email address. He would not give it to me even though he did provide his phone number. Am I paranoid or was this guy up to no good. Need your opinions. Thanks
Your Gut feeling was spot on. Predator alert
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Old 04-04-2020, 01:00 PM   #23
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I had one, he said he was in Germany, and would need my help shipping it there, and another one “selling” and because he was in the military and shipping out, he could have it shipped to me for free! I said I would pay cash when I picked it up, never heard back.
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Old 04-04-2020, 01:23 PM   #24
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If he’s legit. And you have interested parties phone number I would first contact PayPal and have them assist in the transaction . They have an excellent fraud division. They will be able to read all the flags should there be any hinting at fraud. They will be able to give you clear direction on how you should proceed with sale. PayPal have a vested interest in the sale working out for both parties. Please let us know how it works out for you.
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Old 04-05-2020, 06:33 AM   #25
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We too are selling and I got those instant replies wanting info from me. It was then I deleted their texts

Later I received a call from a guy claiming he could help me list our unit on eBay. Heís in Nebraska. A friend said she knows someone who bought a car on eBay so I know it can be done but Iíve not checked into it yet.

Any thoughts, insight?
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On a large purchase like this, use Ebay as just another ad to look at. I would request more pictures by text and a follow up Facetime walk through. Then drive to make the purchase.
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Old 04-05-2020, 07:20 AM   #26
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When we sold our '74, I sold for cash in person. The buyer met me, we drove to my bank, they got a cash withdrawal from their bank using their bank-issued debit card, and I deposited the cash before we left. Most banks also have someone that is a notary, so you can fill out the title and paperwork before they leave, and notarize everything. Yes, it was a couple of extra steps at the bank, and took another 20 minutes or so, but everything was securely taken care of on the spot, and we all went our separate ways afterward.
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Old 04-05-2020, 10:21 AM   #27
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Airstream for Sale and Dating Sites- no difference

Selling an Airstream is no different than Social Media and Dating Sites.

- You need to 'inspect the goods very carefully'.

- Is the 'date of manufacture' correct?

- Does the weight come close to the suggested weight?

- Is the 'condition' as described?

- Does the 'merchandise' hold up to the description?

- Are there potential 'costs of ownership ahead'?

I can tell you right now, my picture is about what to expect. No more and a lot less.
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Buying Caveats?

I've been looking for a specific make, model classic convertible for over a year. There are multiple sites to post classic vehicles for sale. In at least 2 cases, people have listed vehicles for sale with beaucoup pictures & extensive descriptions, yet they didn't own them.

The most recent was ~125 miles away, after several conversations with the guy & emails back & forth, I requested a meet & check ride & confirmed I was ready to buy the car.

He had doctors appointments & was going to contact me the next day. Mid-afternoon next day, not having heard from him, I attempted contacting with no luck. Ad stayed up for more than a week, he was never available or responsive. I was able to locate the actual PO based on a city tag & his membership in the LCOC. He had sold the car last year.

Admittedly, I'm slow & naive, but I'm still trying to understand what the guys got out of listing these cars.
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I bought my current Airstream with cash. I had to visit several banks in y area to get enough. Depositing large sums of cash can be a problem...
In Canada we have. anti money laundering laws, so large sums of cash is a different problem, don't quote me but I think it 10k so buying a 49k AS would be problematic with Cash Only, but doable just sayin.
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I've been looking for a specific make, model classic convertible for over a year. There are multiple sites to post classic vehicles for sale. In at least 2 cases, people have listed vehicles for sale with beaucoup pictures & extensive descriptions, yet they didn't own them.

The most recent was ~125 miles away, after several conversations with the guy & emails back & forth, I requested a meet & check ride & confirmed I was ready to buy the car.

He had doctors appointments & was going to contact me the next day. Mid-afternoon next day, not having heard from him, I attempted contacting with no luck. Ad stayed up for more than a week, he was never available or responsive. I was able to locate the actual PO based on a city tag & his membership in the LCOC. He had sold the car last year.

Admittedly, I'm slow & naive, but I'm still trying to understand what the guys got out of listing these cars.
I too wonder why the fraudulent listing of "x" when they clearly cut and pasted from an old ad.

I can only guess they get someone less savy that sends them a $500 deposit and is never to be seen again.

And do this 10 times before moving on
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