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The Safest Way To Buy and Sell Domains

You’ve come up with the perfect name for your business. You register it. And because you also want to have an online presence for your business, you decide to register a domain. But alas, the don’t domain you really want has been taken. The person who owns it is not using it. They’ve just parked it. You make contact with them and manage to convince them to sell it to you for a fair price.

Now you and the seller are faced with a challenge: how do you ensure that the transaction goes smoothly? Do you send them the money and trust that they will transfer the domain to you or does the seller transfer the domain to you before you pay?

This is where an escrow service like Paysho comes in. An escrow service is a third party that holds the money until the domain is transferred. It works as follows:

1. Once the buyer and the seller agree on the price for the domain, they can set up an escrow transaction on Paysho.

2. The buyer pays the money into Paysho.

3. Once Paysho confirms that they have the money, we instruct the seller to transfer the domain.

4. When the buyer confirms that the domain has been successfully transferred, Paysho will transfer the money to the seller.

Both the buyer and the seller can conduct the transaction with complete peace of mind knowing that they are safe from any potential scams. For more information on how Paysho works, you can click here

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How An Escrow Service Protects Buyers and Sellers

A typical real life example:

A buyer has agreed to buy a mobile phone from on an online classified marketplace. The price agreed upon is R4000. The seller claims that the phone, although not brand new, has no defects or scratches and is in top condition.

For the buyer: There may be the risk something could be wrong with the phone, or it’s not in the condition advertised.

For the seller: There may be the risk that the buyer does not truly intend to purchase the phone; maybe they don’t have the money, or worse, they are posing with the intention to steal it.

By using an escrow service like Paysho, both the buyer and the seller have a much higher level of protection. The buyer is guaranteed that they are guaranteed to either get exactly what they pay for or their money back. The seller is equally protected in that it is only after Paysho has received the money from the buyer will the seller be required to ship the phone. Until such time, they seller get to keep his or her phone.

To learn more about Paysho eliminates all risk and uncertainty associated with buying and selling from classified marketplaces, click here.

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What Is Escrow?

Escrow is an age-old concept, and a term unfamiliar to most, but is becoming increasingly popular across a wide range of industries. According to a study conducted by Paysho, 86% of online classified shoppers have never heard of an escrow service. Simply put, escrow is an agreement between two people or organisations in which money or property is kept by a third person or organization (middle man) until a particular condition is met. Escrows are very useful in cases where a large amount of money is involved and a certain number of obligations need to be fulfilled before a payment is released. In the case of a sale of goods or services, an escrow makes the transaction more secure for both the buyer and the seller by safeguarding all funds and only releasing them when both parties have fulfilled their part of the deal.

As a provider of escrow services, Paysho removes all uncertainty from buying and selling and ensures that anyone who uses it can buy or sell anything in complete peace of mind.

Whether you are buying or selling physical goods or service online and offline, you can be sure with Paysho.

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How To Safely Buy A Used Car

Every day, hundreds of people are losing their hard-earned money trying to buy used cars. The pre-owned car market is very popular because if one looks hard enough, there are some really good deals to be found in that market. However, as with most markets, the used car market is attractive to scammers who are always on the hunt for their next victim. These scammers use Facebook and other online classifieds platforms like Gumtree and OLX to advertise nonexistent cars. Sometimes it’s not easy to differentiate between what is a scam and what is a legitimate sale.

The following are common signs of a scam:

  1. The price of the car is well below the market value. If it seems too good to be true, it usually is.
  2. Scammers will refuse to provide sufficient contact details. The phone number provided is either faulty, remains unanswered or goes directly to voice mail
  3. Scammers turn off commenting on their posts so people can’t tell other people that the sale is a scam
  4. Scammers will usually make an excuse for not being available via telephone
  5. Scammers may demand the full price of the car, or a deposit, to be transferred immediately. Once they have received money they fail to release the vehicle and become difficult to contact

Scammers often claim to live overseas or have some kind of hidden agenda

Tips to avoid scams:

Never transfer or hand over cash to a seller if you have not seen and verified the vehicle

Always meet with the seller in person, preferably in a public place

Always do a history check on the vehicle to ensure that it’s not stolen and that the car’s details match those on the ownership registration and roadworthy documents

Check that the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) matches the number on the owner registration and roadworthy documents and that the VIN number on the car has not been tampered with.

Check that the seller’s address matches the address on the registration and roadworthy documents.

Research the car’s value by searching for similar models online. If the value of the car is far below what it should be, it could be a scam

Check the service history of the car

If you suspect fraud or are a victim of a scam, contact your nearest Police station immediately.

One way to ensure that you never fall victim to scams is to use an escrow service like Paysho when buying a used vehicle. With Paysho, you are guaranteed to either get what you pay for or, at the very worst, your money back. Click here to learn more about how Paysho works and how it can protect you from getting scammed.

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A Sad Reality

Imagine this scenario:

After years of sitting at home looking for a job and not getting one, you finally decide that enough is enough and decide to start your own small business. You start looking on Facebook and other places for things to sell.

Eventually, you find something. A lady in Johannesburg is selling 10 pairs of shoes at R250 each. The shoes are so beautiful that you could easily sell them for double that price. The problem is that you don’t have the R2500 you need to buy the stock. But you believe so much in the product and your ability to sell it. So you decide to borrow the money from a friend or a relative.

You then contact the seller, exchange phone numbers, address details and bank account numbers. You send the money off to the seller and patiently wait for your stock to arrive. In the meantime, people are starting to place orders with you in anticipation of the the stock that is on its way.

One week passes. Then two. Then three. And the stock has not arrived. You contact the seller and get no response. You send messages. Still no response. Another few weeks go buy and as hard as it is, you are forced to accept that you have been the victim of a scam. Now, not only have you lost R2500 but you now owe that amount to the friend or relative you borrowed it from.

Stories like this one happen everyday. Every single day. The good news is that it does not have to be that way. Not with Paysho around.

Whether it is physical or digital goods, Paysho ensures that all buyers and sellers are protected equally and can transact with each other in complete peace of mind. Click here for more information on how Paysho works.

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Wedding Day Ruined

A Facebook ad for “affordable photography” caught Natalie Barney’s eye at just the right moment of her wedding’s planning process. The images on the photographer’s portfolio looked impressive. She was quoted a great price for 100 images which she accepted, booking the date. Little did she know that she was viewing wedding images gleaned off sites like Pinterest and not the original work of the photographer.

On the day of the wedding, the photographer reported that she was having “camera issues” which, as it turned out, were the result of the photographer having zero understanding of how shutter speed and camera focus work. The end result was that the images from the event were completely unusable. They were underexposed, blurry, and awkwardly framed. The couple had to rely on friends and family who had taken their own photographs of the wedding for memories of their special day. The photographer consoled the upset bride with the promise of a free family photoshoot on a future date. When the dressed-up newlyweds arrived at the new shoot location, they were stood up by the photographer’s no-show.

Headlines like these seem to pop up with regularity: “Bride Shafted by Photographer, Never Received Images.” “Wedding Couple Devastated by Blurry Photographs.” The reason for these incidents is obvious, that there will always be amateur photographers naive enough to jump into a paid wedding with little to no skills, and there will always be brides on a budget who fall victim to their confidence.

Having a wedding on a budget is understandable. Ripping someone off with a fake portfolio and ruining a cherished memory is not. Thanks to Paysho, no one ever has to go through such an experience, especially on a day as important as their wedding day. If the Natalie and her fiance had used Paysho to facilitate the transaction, Paysho would have safeguarded their money for them and only released it after they had confirmed that they were happy with the service they received. Based on how the events of the day turned out, they would have received all their money back.

Paysho not only protects buyers of physical goods but of services as well. You can click here for more information on how Paysho works.

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Beware of COVID-19 Scams

One silver lining that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought about is the large number of South Africans who have been able to generate an income for themselves by selling different kinds of personal protective equipment including masks, face shields, sanitizer dispensers etc…

Although no formal studies have been done with regards to the revenue that has so far been generated through the buying and selling of this equipment, the surge in the number of related social media posts, websites and classifieds adverts suggests that it is likely to run into hundreds of millions of Rands.

Many of these websites, social media posts and classifieds adverts will be from honest sellers. However, there will also be people that seek to take advantage of unwary buyers and scamming them out of their hard-earned money. Without proper precautions, the goods that a buyer receives may not match what they paid for. Or, worse yet, they may not receive the goods at all.

One way to guarantee that as a buyer you 1) receive the goods you’ve paid for and 2) that they are of the correct standard and quality is to use a reputable escrow service like Paysho to facilitate your payments.

How Paysho works:

  1. The buyer and the seller agree to the terms of the transaction.
  2. Paysho collects the funds from the buyer and the seller is notified that the funds have been secured.
  3. The seller ships the agreed goods to the buyer
  4. The buyer receives and inspects the goods
  5. If the buyer accepts the goods, Paysho releases the funds to the seller.

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Online Classifieds

According to Gumtree, the most popular searches under Used Electronics on their platform are as follows:

1. PS4

2. iPhone

3. Xbox One

4. Apple Watch

5. Playstation 4

6. iPhone X

7. iPhone 6

8. iPhone 7

9. iPhone 11

10. Drone

The searches are most likely made by a combination of buyers looking to find some good deals and sellers looking to sell their unwanted phones, game consoles etc… Classifieds platforms like Gumtree are great in that they are able to remove all geographical boundaries and limitations and make it possible for people to buy or sell from and to anyone anywhere South Africa.

Unfortunately, these searches also include those from scammers who are on the prowl, looking for their next victim. These are people who have made it their business to scam others out of their hard-earned money. And these people don’t look or sound like scammers, making it extremely difficult to know who you can trust and who you can’t.

The two ways to protect yourself from them are by: – only buying or selling from or to people that you can meet face to face or using Paysho to facilitate all your transactions when dealing with a stranger.

That way, you are always guaranteed to either receive what you pay for and if you are selling, always get paid for your goods.

Click here to learn more about how Paysho can protect and allow you to buy and sell with complete peace of mind.

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