I think that's a bit of an overstatement (to say that people get robbed routinely). I've done hundreds of Craigs list transactions and never once felt unsafe, let alone been robbed. When I'm buying I usually meet at the sellers house, unless they request otherwise. I figure it would be pretty stupid for them to rob me at their own residence. That's not to say that one shouldn't practice due diligence in avoiding unsafe situations. I just can't imagine that there are that many would-be robbers trying to setup victims with the lure of an underpriced soprano sax.people get robbed routinely I'd never go meet a stranger, unless they agreed to meet at local police station
I don’t see why it wouldn’t be the real thing. The price is good but not crazy low which is the common denominator of most scams.
Real Yamaha YSS 475 (which I am assuming this might be) are rather common and so different from anything else out there that it should be rather easy to identify.
If you are there where the seller is, go and take a look.
So do you really think that having a transaction in the police station makes it safe? Just to play out the scenario... Someone gives you $3000 cash in the police station in exchange for a horn. OK. Then you drive away, they follow you - knowing that you have $3000 cash in your pockets, follow you home, and rob you in your drive way. Are you any better off?listen to Dave, LEOs know their stuff I've had many friends in law enforcement over the decades; you never look at the world the same way once you hear the stories; most people are walking around cluelessly condition white https://www.policeone.com/police-tr...rs-A-simple-system-for-situational-awareness/
not to say be on high alert always, but street smarts helps.... also canada is in general much safer than usa & people are nicer fwiw
Thanks for the clarification regarding the station, Dave.George: Most police stations' lobbies are public places, and open 24 hours. Yes, there are some small departments and other law enforcement offices that aren't available to the public or have closed-hours, but for the most part, one can enter the lobby and take a seat. If it were me, I'd offer an explanation to desk personnel as to why I was there. There should be no objections, at least at departments where I worked, and they were typical of U.S. police departments.
Being there will almost always ensure that no violence will take place there. Having said that, I've been in many brawls in the station lobby - it even happens there. I recall several shootouts in and around police stations.
So, in the context of some business transaction with an unknown person, a police station lobby is about as secure as one can be in this world. What transpires away from there following the sale, is unanswerable - and un-preventable.
That's why situational awareness is crucial, not only during business transactions, but everywhere in our lives. There are no guarantees in life, only ways to minimize trouble. Conducting business with unknown persons met on the internet is certainly a way to increase one's exposure. All I'm saying is, be aware - "it" can happen anywhere, even if you've been there many times/years without incident. DAVE