CeylonAds.lk is always committed to make your experience safe and it is an important part of our mission. Most listings are perfectly legitimate, but as with any financial transaction, you should always protect yourself.
Here are some precautionary measures we recommend taking to ensure a positive and successful experience.
1. Initial Contact
2. Seeing and Evaluating the Item
Safely do your research. It helps to do advance research on the market value of item so you will know if you are getting a good deal. You may want to bring copies of similar listings with you that support your valuation. Don’t be afraid to haggle or negotiate on price, but don’t insult the seller with an unreasonably low offer. See it before you buy it. Always see the item in person before you buy it. If it is merchandise, inspect its condition carefully. If it is a car, check the vehicle history and ask for receipts for any service records. You can also request a pre-purchase inspection at a local mechanic, a service which can identify potential safety and mechanical issues. Take the car on a test drive and for extra precaution, ensure that the car is registered in the seller’s name. If the item in question is a pet, check its veterinary records and pedigree papers.
3. Meeting the Seller
Safely meet in a public place. Meet in a public place if possible – during the daytime when other people will be around. Bring a friend. If the item is large, like a piece of furniture, and you must go to the seller’s home, always let someone know where you are going. You may also want to share whatever contact info you have for the seller (their address, phone number and etc.).
4. The Transaction
Safely pay cash. In online classifieds, it’s best to pay cash and to keep the payment simple. Do not use personal checks, money wires, Western Union or Moneygrams. Do not give out any personally identifiable information such as bank numbers or credit card numbers. Ask for a signed receipt. Protect your personally identifiable information. Don’t give out your bank numbers, credit card numbers, etc.