Hamilton police creates Buy and Sell exchange zone for residents

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Published October 6, 2021 at 5:59 pm

Person-to-person online markets such as eBay and Facebook Marketplace are great for bargains, but there can often be an anxiety once it is time for money and goods to change hands.

In light of that, Hamilton Police Service announced Wednesday (Oct. 6) that it has created a Buy and Sell Exchange Zone. Two parking places in front of the Mountain station (400 Rymal Rd. E.) can be used by buyers and sellers to exchange items and complete transactions.

The HPS will not monitor or mediate the use of the spaces, but says the area is well-lit for nighttime exchanges, and available at all times with no appointment necessary.

“Meeting an unknown buyer or seller in person has risks,” ” says Insp. Frank Miscione of the HPS community mobilization division. “Our new Buy and Sell Exchange Zone offers a safer place for individuals to meet and exchange items.”

A sign has also been added at the entrance to the Mountain station’s parking lot.

Meantime, the police are also offering pro tips about how to enjoy secure off-line transactions.

Conduct transactions during daylight hours
Meet in a busy public place
Bring a friend or family with you to witness the transaction
Retain emails, texts or voicemails between yourself and the buyer/seller

Facebook Marketplace has become a popular portal for reselling goods such as bicycles, clothing and shoes early childhood necessities, fitness equipment, garden tools and sports jerseys. It launched in Canada in July 2017.

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