Buyer & Seller safety Tips

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The most simple way to deal on Minisbarter is directly, in person, with the buyer or seller. If that is not possible we recommend to pay via PayPal and make sure you select that you are paying for goods and services - not to friends and family. This is one of many eligibility criteria for the Paypal Protection for Buyers.


Buyer safety tips

  • Ask the seller for additional photos or video so you confirm the advertised item is real and owned by the seller. Also the items bought on minisbarter are “as seen” so it’s important that you are happy with the condition of the item before purchasing it.
  • If possible we encourage you to meet in a bussy, well lit public place if meeting in person, bring a friend, a relative or give someone you know the details about the meet. Dealing face to face you can avoid 99% of scam attempts.
  • Beware of items that are cheaper than normal
  • Be wary if a seller is putting pressure on you to make a quick decision.
  • Never give out your personal info (bank account, social security, paypal account, etc).
  • If you can not meet in person use paypal for payment and make sure you select that you are paying for goods and services - not friends and family.
  • Never pay with anonymous payment services (Western Union, Moneygram,etc..)
  • Minisbarter does not endorse any escrow services that will transfer funds on behalf of the buyer.

Seller safety tips

  • Don’t give out your personal information.
  • Do not hand over goods until having received full payment.
  • Never invite buyers to your home. If possible meet in a busy, well lit public place and bring a friend or a relative. 
  • Dealing face to face you can avoid 99% of scam attempts.
  • Don’t Forget to privatize your location by removing GeoTags from photos One lesser-known way that identity thieves will steal information about you is from the photos in your listing. You may not know it, but if you took your photos with a phone that has Geotags enabled, the location where the photo was taken will be embedded in the photo’s data. If you took the picture at your home, someone can easily find out where you live from that photo.
  • Don't accept cashier/certified checks or money orders - banks cash fakes, then hold you responsible.


Always follow your instinct. If something feels wrong or too good to be true just walk away from the deal, because it probably is.


If you suspect that an Ad may be connected to a scam, please send us the details. is never involved in any transaction between buyers and sellers, and does not handle payments, shipping, guarantee transactions, provide escrow services, or offer "buyer protection" or "seller certification".