Monday, March 9, 2009

Avoiding Scams When Buying and Selling Pets Online

You can find just about anything for sale online. This is true for pets with many websites, breeders, and businesses advertising pets for sale online. You must be very careful, however, if you are looking for a pet online. Reputable classifieds such as are a good place to start your search, and these tips will help you avoid scams.

Online pet sales are prone to have problems with scams and unscrupulous sellers offering poor quality animals. This does not mean that you cannot find high quality animals for sale online; it means that you must be careful to avoid possible scams to find the perfect pet for you.

It is always best to visit in person the breeder or seller of any dog or cat you are planning to buy. The biggest problem with buying a pet sight unseen is getting one that is unhealthy or from a puppy mill. This does not mean that you cannot find a great pet online, but you should look in local online classifieds to find an animal close enough to visit for yourself before you purchase it.

Another important way to avoid scams when buying pets online is to check references. No matter if you are buying a dog, cat, fish, or small animal be sure to ask for references from veterinarians and former customers. An honest seller will be happy to provide you with this information.

If you are planning on selling a pet online you also must be on the lookout for scammers who try to take advantage of sellers to make buck at your expense. Finding a buyer online and then closing the transaction in person is the best way to ensure you are not taken advantage of.

Never take a check for more than the amount you are owed, this is one of the biggest ways sellers are taken advantage of and scammers make money. They send a bad check for more than the necessary amount, ask you to send them back the difference, and then you are out the original check amount plus the difference once the check bounces.

1 comment:

  1. The best way to avoid these scams is to adopt your pet from a local shelter. There are so many wonderful animals in need of good homes, let's get them into families before we resort to possibly irresponsible breeders.