Getting ripped off selling photography gear online. Ouch! There are many reasons we're creating Gear Offer. One of the biggest reasons is to facilitate secure transactions for our users and to prevent fraud. If you're putting up a lot of cash for an expensive camera and you're dealing with strangers, there's a lot of risk involved.
A story broke today where a scammer used a combination of Facebook marketplaces and Venmo to rip people off. The story was covered by The Verge. Several people where scammed to the tune of around $25,000.
"Rasa was selling his camera — a Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6K, priced down to $4,300 — and had found a buyer on Facebook Marketplace. The buyer said his name was Andy Mai, and wanted to pay with Venmo."
"...and it soon became clear Rasa would never get his money. When he reached out to Venmo, customer service informed him he had broken Venmo’s user policy by receiving money in exchange for goods, and his account was officially suspended."
When buying and selling camera gear online, you have to be careful. I can't tell you how many times I've listed gear on Craig's List and Facebook this year alone, but it was a lot. Every time I list gear or buy something, I have that sinking feeling that I might get ripped off. Thankfully that hasn't happened, but it certainly could. Nobody will ever be able to provide 100% protection against fraud online, but I think Gear Offer will come close.
Be careful out there.