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Be Smart Take Care When Buying Online

Here are some suggestions for keeping you safe when buying and selling:

1.    Use a credit card or secure electronic payment service for all transactions. HayNet® does not incorporate any built-in payment system, so you have to arrange payments directly with the other party in a transaction. Card issuers and payment processors like PayPal will investigate fraud claims on your behalf as a buyer, and they also provide better transaction security for sellers. You may have to pay PayPal charges as a seller, but take that into account with your pricing.

2.    Avoid buying without viewing, whilst this may not always be possible you will have to accept there will be a risk. There is an increasing trend to buy horses without viewing. Make sure you can trace the reputation of the dealer and be aware of the risks. You can view a potential purchase and then if too far to transport you can book a professional transporter to fetch your horse for you. You can ask for a quote on our sister site at "Get Me Quotes"

3.    When buying anything from horses to horseboxes try to take someone knowledgeable with you. If not possible at least have a friend with you who can keep your feet on the ground. It is so easy to get “caught up in the moment” and let your heart rule your head. Ask as many questions as you can and make a list before you leave to view.

4.  Lastly if something seems too good to be true, then it probably isn’t!

Something else is around the corner. This applies to sellers also, do not be afraid to say no, if the buyer does not seem suitable. If it doesn't "feel" right, walk away.