With the global uncertainty surrounding Covid-19 and the restrictions set in place regarding social distancing, buying and selling with strangers has never seemed so unsafe. What if it didn’t have to be? We’re here to tell you some top tips on how to create safe spaces when you are buying or selling with someone you don’t know.

Even in normal circumstances, meeting up with a complete stranger in order to inspect a desired item can seem unnerving. Ordinary precautions, although just as important as ever seem miniscule in comparison to guidelines set out by national governments.

If the transaction needs to take place in person, make sure to meet in a well-lit, public place preferably with CCTV in operation as an extra precaution.
Keep your mobile phone on you, charged and preferably with credit.
Tell someone you know and trust, like a family member or friend about the meeting, where it is taking place and what time.
Try and meet during daylight hours.
Never meet at your home, but if you have to or at the buyer’s home be sure to be polite and respectful of their privacy.
Try to get signed proof of the purchase.

Precautions such as wearing a face mask and staying 2 metres apart from each other during the transaction inevitably helps protect both parties and enables the transaction to be carried out as safely as possible. Ensuring you and the other party are in good health before meeting up is of utmost importance too so that you and the people you know aren’t affected. Symptoms such as a fever, dry cough and tiredness are key indicators that you should stay home and complete the transaction at a later date or through our ‘Online’ model.

Trustap’s ‘Face To Face’ model involves the buyer paying a refundable deposit, showing their intent to carry out the full transaction. From there, both parties arrange a meeting point for the buyer to further inspect the item in question and to agree on a final price. Finally, once the buyer and seller come to an agreement on a price, the remainder of the funds are transferred to the Trustap Hold and are released to the seller once the item has been handed over.

By creating a Trustap account, you can guarantee that you have complete peace of mind when buying or selling with someone you don’t know. Create an account - https://www.trustap.com/