Houston, TX (PRWEB) April 30, 2015
There are a number of horrific stories about people who were tricked into selling their belongings on the Internet and lost everything. Not only did they ship an entire house full of furniture, but they were also given a fake check in the process. People have also gotten into dangerous situations while meeting people in person to sell their belongings, such as in the case of the Craigslist Killer. In these situations, there are clear warning signs and they can easily be avoided. Alabama Furniture is offering tips on how to avoid being scammed into selling furniture online.
Most individuals believe they can immediately spot a crook based on the responses they get to their online classified ads. It’s not always that simple though. Online con artists have become very savvy in how they persuade their targets into believing they are credible, truthful and someone to be trusted.
There are a few ways to tell if an email reply is from an online scam artist:
1. Always trust your instincts. If you have a bad feeling or they seem to be extremely persistent, they may be a scam artist. There are always clues in their responses to look out for.
2. Never wire funds to someone you do not know personally. Online crooks may say they will tack on an additional dollar amount to the total sale for “your troubles.” They do this to earn the target’s trust and to throw their common sense out the window. They may also say they will give more money to cover the cost of shipping. But does it make sense for an individual to add $100 for the shipping of a used cell phone? If it doesn’t make sense, it’s probably not legitimate.
3. They will refuse to meet in person at all costs. A person who is really interested in buying furniture will ask to see it first before they make a purchase. They will want to inspect for any damage or flaws. When meeting someone in person, be sure to meet in a public place or with family and friends around.
The ultimate solution to avoid being scammed is to sell the furniture with someone you know and trust. Alabama Furniture has been a one-stop consignment store in the Heights, 2200 Yale, Houston, TX 77008, for the last 20 years. Not only can customers experience worry-free selling in a trusted environment, but they will also have someone to market their items in store and online. There’s nothing better than letting someone with years of experience in the resale furniture industry take the stress away and find the right buyer.
Alabama Furniture also has a brand-new second location at 14520 Memorial Drive #98, Houston, TX 77079. This means individuals all across the Houston area are looking at your furniture to find the perfect piece to fit in their home.
About the company:
Alabama Furniture & Accessories is a used furniture store located in Houston, TX. For more than 23 years, Alabama Furniture has been the area’s top consignment shop and the only place to go for shopping resale. Alabama Furniture has rock-bottom pricing on an array of furniture, artwork, accessories, décor, ornaments, and much more. Featuring the top brands, there’s always something new to find in store. Alabama Furniture is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 713-862-3035 or visit Alabama Furniture online at http://www.alabamafurniture.com/.