From my readings this week, I came across an interesting post from Lazy Man and Money discussing how you can lose a potential customer in one email. Here’s what he says about looking for a place to rent:
So I went through and checked quite a few places that I liked. I e-mailed a few of them and they responded back by telling me to call a number and talking to a person. That’s the part that just strikes me as odd. I’m living in Silicon Valley. You are advertising your product on the Internet. Why can’t a time to see the place be set up on the Internet?
Okay, I’m disagreeing with the stance that Lazy Man and many others took on this topic, which is about dealing with strangers on the internet — even if they are potential customers. Lazy Man thinks it’s a pain to have to be required to call a number stated on an ad (or in other correspondence) in order to proceed with a transaction over the internet, say to set up a time to show a rental or to sell a car, etc.
But I’d like to counter that due to the impersonal nature of the internet, I’d rather proceed cautiously and have a chance to talk to a potential customer over the phone before I agree to meeting with them. Lost sale? Perhaps, but it’ll give me peace of mind. I usually use a phone screen to gauge someone’s requirements and intentions before I agree to meet with them.
I’m fine with setting up details over email because I want that paper trail, though I’d also surely want to touch base with someone over the phone a bit before I move forward on something. Being a big Craigslist user (I’ve bought and sold via Craigslist), I’ve conducted myself this way for years and so far, haven’t met with any issues really. Remember that Craigslist offers no protection from any form of transaction — unlike some other sites that may provide an escrow service or some other buffer between you and your customer or service provider.
So do you think I’m being paranoid, or acting wisely by being cautious? You can read more about my thoughts on the scary side of the web in these posts:
- Online Fraud May Mean Losing More Than Your Money
- Avoid The Next Internet Scam: Tips For Selling Safely Online
Here’s what else others are saying out there in the financial web:
Personal Financial Articles
- Credit Karma covers what we need to do to plan ahead for financial emergencies.
- MainStreet, which is The Street’s personal finance site, shares several new rules that can affect your credit score. Check out what recent changes were made to the system that generates your FICO score.
- Free Money Finance: If you’re going to borrow money to fund a higher education, you should make sure that the debt you incur is worth the career you eventually attain (through that education).
- Five Cent Nickel talks about how to turn money into time. Most of us use our time to maximize our money. But how about we use our money to free up some of our time where it matters?
- Generation X Finance: It’s always great to get something for free, especially if it’s a fantastic value! Jeremy lets us in on a free economics course on financial markets offered at Yale by one of the top economists in the world. And you can take the course at home in your pajamas!
- The Sun’s Financial Diary covers the homeowner affordability and stability plan. So what do you think of Obama’s foreclosure bailout plan?
- Brip Blap: Steve’s discussion on the appearance of competence struck a chord with me. How much more do we value appearance over actual substance?
- Frugal Dad talks about how there are more adult children moving back home and offers some great advice for parents on how to handle this situation.
- Million Dollar Journey shares with us a book review on “The New Retirement”. This book tells us how best to prepare for retirement, especially now that we’re shifting from a retirement defined by a deadline to one that is more transitional.
- Money Smart Life brings up an interesting question: are roses for special occasions a rip off? Unfortunately, practically everything costs money these days. If you can pluck out some flowers out of your own garden to make a tidy arrangement for special events (like I do), then that could be better!
- My Dollar Plan offers us a great resource: all the tax information you need for 2008 in one place!
Additional Finance Reads
- Money Saving Blog: 25 Fun Ways To Spend Your Free Time Without Spending Any Money
- Richer By The Day: How Many Mustangs Could The $800 Billion Stimulus Buy?
- Political Calculations: Evidence of Order Underlying Chaos In The Stock Market
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