Some key things to look out for when first viewing a listing.
- Firstly, look at the title of the listing and make sure it aligns accurately with the photos provided. Any difference between the two is considered a major red flag.
- Make sure the photos provided not only show multiple angles of the pet which give a good indication of its health but also have an indication of the environment/conditions the pet currently lives in.
- This is a major area to assess. If the pet is listed for sale significantly cheaper than others similar to it, it could be because illegitimate shortcuts have been taken to reduce the seller’s costs. In saying this, highly inflated prices could also be a scam indicator. Find more information on the seller if unsure.
- Displaying a location is a good indicator of a trusted seller as they are confident in the premises the pet/s are kept. If a seller does not display any details about their location then it is advised for an interested buyer to request it, and be wary of meeting at places other than where the pet is kept.
Remember that there is always the option to report a listing, this can be done using the button found on the right-hand side of the page underneath “price”.
2/2 Seller quality indicators:
What to look for when ensuring a seller is legitimate and trustworthy
- Make sure the number provided is legitimate and the seller is reachable. If there are any issues via the contact number you can use the lead form provided to reach the seller directly through email.
Social Media links:
- Visit the social media links provided by the seller by clicking on the relevant icons, it helps build knowledge about the seller and provides insight into their practices.
- The seller will provide the most information about their listing here. A detailed, well written and accurate description is associated with a good seller. A seller should not try to describe different pets from different litters in one description.
Additional Details Section:
- The Seller may provide special information in this area regards to any license requirements or valid certificates. A seller should also display the Pets DOB/Age in this area, a dog or cat should never be sold younger than 8 weeks old. The more documentation a seller can provide the more assured you can be they are a trusted seller.
- This part of the listing informs buyers about the sellers opening hours, helping promote physical visits.
- An integral part of the listing for established sellers. It allows them to answer common questions buyers may have, and give a greater insight into their history and practices.
- You can access a sellers profile by clicking on their profile picture which can be found on the contact listing owner form, or by searching them in the member’s directory.
Click on the seller’s USERNAME or Profile Picture above the contact form to view their profile and the following information
- To confirm the seller is what they state on their listings, visit their account and look for the “Breeder, Shelter or Personal” account type indication.
- Their account type should be further backed up with information such as Breeder Registration numbers and prefixes, as well as the organizations they’re apart of and possibly an ABN.
- Each Member has the ability to review each other based on their experiences. It is essential you check that the seller you’re buying off has a positive reputation.