Recent crimes surrounding Craigslist transactions, where sellers were scammed or physically harmed, have raised questions as to the safety of selling engagement rings to strangers. Emily Graham's story is the latest to make national headlines. Graham, who flew to St. Louis to meet a buyer for her $19,000 engagement ring, was driven to a warehouse where she was robbed and assaulted.http://www.kmov.com/news/local/Suspect-flies-victim-to-St-Louis-to-rob-her-of-ring-following-Craigslist-ad-227002011.htmlWhen selling engagement rings online, it is important to follow safety precautions. Below are several suggestions to ensure your safety.1) Don't go at it alone One mistake that sellers frequently make is to agree to meet a stranger on their own. Be sure to meet with a potential buyer at a time when a friend or relative can join you. By having company, you reduce the chances of becoming a crime victim.2) Meet somewhere public While you may have the urge to have privacy for the sale of your engagement ring, meeting in public guarantees a much higher level of safety. Suggestions for public meeting places include busy cafes, the post office, or at a police station. A local jeweler is the safest place to meet to sell your engagement ring. In this case, the buyer can also have the ring verified by the jeweler, providing a safer experience for all parties.3) Never share private information Resist the urge to tell the buyer where you live or where you work. Although it may seem like friendly conversation, these details could help a criminal target you and your family. As for the buyer you are meeting, we recommend trying to ascertain and confirm as many details as possible regarding their employment and their address. If you are able to determine their employer, give the employer a call to confirm that the individual does work there. If they feel comfortable providing their address, use www.whitepages.com to see whether it matches. Confirming these details will increase the chances that you are meeting a buyer with good intentions.4) Trust experienced sellers If you're buying your ring on eBay, do not trust sellers with low feedback scores. While new buyers need to start building their feedback somehow, you don't want to be the person to work through the kinks with them. We recommend setting your eBay preferences so that only buyers with 3 or more positive feedbacks are able to bid on your auctions. Even if a buyer has positive feedback, ensure that you gather enough information about them to prove they are legitimate. For sites outside eBay, we suggest working with businesses that are Better Business Bureau accredited. This accreditation ensures that the business has a proven track record of honesty and integrity. These businesses will proudly display the BBB logo on their websites. In addition, you can contact the BBB to confirm that the business is a member in good standing.5) Cash is kingMany scams on Craigslist and eBay involve fake checks, money orders, and money transfers. For Craigslist transactions, no matter how much you are selling an item for, insist that the buyer pays you in cash. If a buyer balks at bringing thousands of dollars in cash, suggest that you meet at their bank. If they resist this idea, you know there's something going on. On eBay, watch out for fake Paypal payments. Every month thousands of eBay sellers are duped into shipping merchandise to buyers who have faked Paypal Payment Confirmations. We recommend calling Paypal to verify that the funds are in your account prior to shipping any items. In addition, we suggest only shipping to US addresses as many fraudulent activities come from international sources.The most important rule of selling your engagement ring online is to use good judgment. If something about a transaction doesn't feel right or you aren't sure if a buyer is legitimate, remember that your safety is more important than selling a ring.Watch Our Video To Learn MoreABOUT HAVE YOU SEEN THE RINGEstablished in 2010, St. Louis-based Have You Seen the Ring is the safest marketplace for selling pre-owned engagement rings and loose diamonds. We connect independent buyers with independent sellers of pre-owned jewelry in a safe, trusted environment.Have You Seen the Ring focuses on sellers—no matter the reason for parting with jewelry, our team assists in every step of the process, including marketing support for each piece listed on the site. With the authenticity guarantee and nationwide exposure, sellers receive 40-60% more for their jewelry than if they sold through a pawn shop, Craigslist or eBay.For more information, please visit www.haveyouseenthering.com.
You have been dating for a long time and you know that she's the one. The next step is to make it official by proposing. While proposing can be a nerve-wracking experience, the following tips will ensure that the proposal goes off with(out) a hitch.1. Get the proper OKs before you move aheadWhile we're sure that she dreams day and night about being your wife, we recommend testing the waters before you jump in. If you haven't already, it may make sense to talk about your plan for the future and the timeline that you envision for that plan. If she is thinking that she'll finish school before you pop the question, you would want to know that ahead of time. It is also traditional to ask the bride's father for his permission prior to proposing.2. Write the perfect proposalEach of us has a different style when it comes to preparing a speech. While some like to have everything written down, others prefer to 'wing it'. Whatever your preference, we recommend preparing at least part of your proposal upfront (to ensure that you don't get flustered in the moment). The typical proposal will include a reference to the times you've enjoyed together, and a statement about your future as a married couple. We have also heard of proposals including funny inside jokes, (slightly) embarrassing moments, and original poetry.3. Decide where to proposeChoosing where to propose is one of the most important decisions in the proposal process. Whether you stay close to home (or actually at home) or you include the proposal as part of a larger vacation, finding the ideal proposal location requires some thought. We recommend choosing a place that has significance in your relationship and will logistically make sense. As great as it would be to propose at the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, if you aren't both athletic, your dream proposal may not go as planned. Some classic proposal locations are at a beach, in a special restaurant, or over a romantic picnic. Wherever you decide, just be sure to make it an unforgettable moment.Your proposal is one of the major milestones in your life together. Make it as great as possible by following these three tips. Oh, and congratulations in advance!
You might be head over heels in love and have been ready to get married for a while now. Maybe you’ve thought it over for years and you’re officially prepared to propose. If you are thinking of proposing, finding the perfect ring can be a challenge. There are many important factors to consider, such as clarity, color, cut, and carat weight. Most importantly, you will want to make sure that the ring you chose is highly personalized.If finding the perfect engagement ring has you frustrated, the following tips might help.1) Take notice of her style. What kind of rings or jewelry does she tend to wear? Does she like simpler jewelry, or does she tend to wear chunkier, more flamboyant jewelry? Also, take notice of what colors she likes to wear. This can help you to make a decision easily.2) Ask her friends or family. Although you might know her extremely well, her friends or family can offer a bit of insight as to what kind of ring she would like to wear for the rest of her life. You could always sit down with a friend or family member to discuss your thoughts on her perfect ring.3) If cost is getting you down, consider previously owned engagement rings. Purchasing used engagement rings allows you to buy a nicer ring for the same price. Discount diamonds are also an intelligent choice. With discount diamonds, you can find the same certified diamonds that your local jeweler sells, but at a fraction of the cost.These are only three small steps you can take when it comes to finding the perfect engagement ring. Your future wife will appreciate the time, effort, and research that you put into finding her the ring of her dreams. Of course, if all else fails, you can ask her what she wants—but the key is to keep her surprised!