Today we said goodbye to our Car parts wanted category.
There were two deciding factors for this. Firstly the interest in listing under this category has declined significantly over the last few years. Secondly, compared to other categories on the site, we see an abnormally high trend of text scamming and non-delivery within this category. The latter was (and always will be) our primary concern. Combining these two factors, we made the call to close the category.
Your safety is our priority, and we sing about this frequently in our Trust & Safety blog.
Our advice remains the same: NEVER place contact details in listings or Q&A and only complete trades through Trade Me. This cuts down the opportunities for scammers to take advantage of our members and get hold of your details.
Keep in mind that you can still pick up rare car parts in our dedicated Car parts & accessories category. If you are looking for something in particular you can always save a Favourite search or category and we’ll email you if the item is listed for sale on the site.
Remember to keep these simple tips in mind when trading to keep yourself safe from scams:
- Never place contact details in the Q&A
- Never send money overseas
- Only complete trades through Trade Me
- Check the sellers account outto make sure they aren’t a lemon
- For extra security, use Pay Now (credit or debit card payment for purchases).
While this may sound scary, Trade Me is a safe place to buy and sell. But knowledge is power, which is why we want to share this information with you.
Creative Commons image used courtesy Vetatur Fumare on Flickr.