Another insight from this year’s National Pawnbrokers Association convention. This one came during the roundtable on Police Confiscations, but the speaker did not identify himself, so I don’t know whose good advice this is.
When selling electronics, like a laptop, over the Internet, he said he puts an identifier somewhere hidden on the item. He uses Whiteout or a scratch tool.
He also photographs — not just writes down — the serial number.
That way, if a “buyer” has a broken laptop, then buys a good one from you, then “returns” the broken one for credit, you are in a strong position to defend yourself when Paypal or eBay starts a dispute.
This won’t protect you from someone sophisticated enough to swap the good memory module in your machine for the bad one in his, then return a “broken” machine to you, but it will screen out the less akamai scamsters, and that’s most of them.
Good to know.