4 tips to use Carousell like a pro

It’s a shopping haven for bargain-seekers, but shopping and selling on Carousell, the local eBay-like app, can also be frustrating. Here’s what to look out for so that Carousell doesn’t turn into Carou-hell for you

Carousell Dos and Don'ts
Carousell Dos and Don'ts
20 Aug 2015

Carousell Dos and Don'ts

1. Haggling

Dos: This ain’t your neighbourhood wet market. Ask nicely, and most Carousellers would be happy to give you a slight discount, or at least throw in free postage.

Don'ts: Don’t be that push-your-luck guy. We’ve come across a post making its rounds online about a buyer who quoted a Carouseller $100 for his Mercedes Benz.

2. Buying designer items

Dos: Always deal in person and check the item thoroughly on the spot. You can score luxury goods at a steal. Balenciagas for three-digit amounts (in mint condition, no less) can be found, though admittedly, such deals are hard to come by and are snapped up quicker than food supplies in a famine. But scam horror stories are a dime a dozen. So err on the side of caution.

Don’ts: Don’t buy luxury goods unless you can tell your Tory Burch apart from its Taobao dupe. A quick scan of the “Luxury” section will reveal many high-quality knock-offs (or cheap imitations) passed off as originals. A friend once bought a Chanel knock-off (with an estimated market value of $500) on Carousell for $5,000, only to discover it was a fake after she went to the store to get it repaired.

3. Leaving reviews

Dos: Always check the feedback of potential buyers and sellers. Users with a bad track record are most likely repeat offenders.

Don’ts: Don’t hesitate to leave negative feedback for nightmarish buyers/sellers. It’s for the greater good.

4. Transacting

Dos: Keep to your end of the deal. We’ve lost count of the number of times that an item we ‘choped’ first went to someone with a better offer. Basic ethics, people.

Don'ts: Don’t go MIA after touching base. If we got a dollar for each time someone made an enquiry only to later give us the spurned lover treatment, we’d have enough change to adopt a village. Sample convo: “Avail?” “Yes.” Silence. “Hello?” Silence. “Still keen?” Silence.

Celebs who Carousell
Celebs who Carousell
20 Aug 2015

Celebs who Carousell

JAE LIEW

“I’ve met my fair share of lowballers. Once, I agreed to sell a buyer an item for $20, but on the actual day, he told me, ‘I only got $16 with me.’ He looked like some secondary school kid, so I let it go to him at that price. Another time, someone offered me 50 cents for a shirt that I listed for $12, saying, ‘Your shirt looks like it’s bought from Bangkok.’ I told him, ‘Okay, then you go Bangkok and buy lor.’ (Laughs) ”
 

Celebs who Carousell
Celebs who Carousell
20 Aug 2015

Celebs who Carousell

JAYLEY WOO

“I moved house recently so I bought some furniture on Carousell ’cos I was lazy to go to the stores. Also, I dislike shopping [offline] ’cos some shop assistants will keep staring at me while I’m looking around. But, [when buying on the app, it’s important to] ask for measurements. I once bought what I thought was a big vanity mirror but it turned out to be a table top mirror, so I felt a bit paiseh [at my folly] (laughs)!”
 

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