Let's face it: Craiglist has become the most popular way to quickly sell stuff you no longer want or need. It's convenient, but it's also a great way to get scammed or worse. There are plenty of examples of Craigslist armed robberies, and they're not limited to just crime-ridden big cities. RideLust recently put together some tips on staying safe when buying or selling a big ticket item on Craigslist:
1) Never disclose your home address in a Craigslist transaction. Instead, meet the buyer in a public place with lots of people around, which discourages any kind of armed robbery attempt.
2) Listen to your intuition. If somebody's story doesn't sound right, it probably isn't. If you don't think you can trust someone, you probably can't.
3) Bring a friend. Most strong arm robberies are crimes of opportunity; the more witnesses, the less likely it is that the crime will go down. Criminals prefer the path of least resistance.
4) If you're selling a bike, I don't recommend test rides. I'll start the bike, I'll ride it in front of them and I may even offer them a ride as a passenger, but I'll almost never allow a test ride until the money has changed hands. It's just too easy for someone to take off with your bike, or even worse, crash it and then toss you back the keys.
5) If things do go wrong, don't be a hero. No matter how much training you may have, it's rarely a good idea to fight back when you're staring down the barrel of a gun. You can get another bike, you can earn more money, but you can't get your life back. Don't take stupid chances.