The worst types of people you can meet on Carousell
Be careful not to meet these Carousellers from hell.
Sometimes, all we are looking for is a good bargain. And in true Singaporean style, the wildly popular local mobile marketplace application Carousell is where most people go to look for a steal.
Whether you are a buyer or a seller on Carousell, these are the five types of people you will meet on Carousell:
1. The ones that ask stupid questions
One foolproof way to piss off sellers on Carousell is to ask them stupid questions, especially those that are easily found on Google. These people also tend to ask questions that are not related to the listing and do not seem to have any idea about what is going on.
2. The ones who are out to scam you
As technology evolves, so do those who exploit it. Cases of people being cheated of their money by con artists are common in the past. Now, if you are not careful, your chances of getting cheated on Carousell are very high.
In December last year, a seller on Carousell disappeared after a buyer, had paid for the item. The disgruntled buyer devised a plan with his friends to confront the seller. The group even recorded a video that later went viral online.
Not only are Carousell buyers vulnerable to scammers, sellers are not safe either. In one such incident, Carousell user Gina Ang almost fell into the trap of someone from Nigeria posing as a buyer from Malaysia.
3. The ones who creep on you
Rather than using it a platform for online shopping, some people use it to look for dates or companionship. They may seem like genuine buyers at first, but they eventually start showing their true colours, which can be rather creepy.
4. The ones who do not want to pay
Living by the motto “The first price isn’t always the final price”, these people are the ones who will try to haggle the price with you until they get the brand new iPhone 6 for just $50.
5. The "dead" ones
Dead buyers are a dime a dozen on Carousell. They will try their hardest to negotiate with you and set up a place that is convenient for them before disappearing without a word.
If you have never met these people on Carousell before, consider yourself lucky.
But, do not let the possibility of meeting them deter you from using the app!