If you’re buying or selling sneakers locally, you are probably going to meet up with somebody to take care of the transaction. There are numerous things that can go wrong with a face-to-face meetup, so in order to ensure your next meetup is a smooth one, take these steps:
Make sure the other person isn’t shady
– Do some research on the other person. Don’t go full stalker, but a quick look at his or her Facebook profile won’t hurt. If they have references, run a legit check.
– No point in meeting up with someone if you think that you’ll get robbed. When in doubt, don’t sell to that person.
Make sure the date, time, and location are settled in advance
– This is just a common courtesy for both parties involved. Get a date, time, and location set as soon as you can.
Set the meetup at a public location
– This goes without saying, but don’t meetup with anyone at 10:00 p.m. in an alley downtown. C’mon, son. The mall is always a safe bet.
Maintain solid communication
– Don’t ignore the other party until thirty minutes before the planned meetup. Check in every so often to make sure everything is still good.
– Keep in mind there is a fine line between maintaining solid communication and being straight-up annoying.
If anything comes up last minute, let the other person know
– This also falls under maintaining solid communication. Stuff comes up all the time. That’s life. Be mindful of the other party, as there is nothing worse than being hung out to dry at the meetup spot.
Keep it cool
– If you’ve followed all of these steps and are finally meeting up with the person, keep it cool. Don’t act super shady, and don’t be disrespectful.
– Dap him or her up, exchange goods, and start a brief conversation. Compliment the other’s shoes if they’re rocking a clean pair. There’s no better time or place to make a connection than at a face-to-face meetup.
Treat others as you want to be treated
– I know it’s one of the corniest things to say, but it could not be more true. If you don’t want to be flaked on, don’t flake on others. Keep your business A1 and you should be good!
This past weekend I had a deal go bad due to the other party not showing up. I won’t go into great detail about the situation, but I can tell you that being flaked on is not fun at all. We had set a date, time, and location, and had maintained solid communication up to an hour before the set time. I didn’t hear anything from the other guy until I called him out on a local Facebook group the next day. The matter has since then been settled, so I’m not going to start ripping on him or anything. No need for that at all. On to the next deal, I guess.
(I’m not sure if he reads any KicksOneTwo posts, but if you’re reading this one, thanks for the article inspiration!)
My bad meetup aside, if you follow all of these steps, you’re sure to have a good meetup. Even if something does come up, hopefully both you and the other person are understanding, in which case you can reschedule the meetup. Nothing wrong with that.
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