Help, Safety considerations and Frequent Asked Questions (FAQ)
Swaparoo is free to use, we are in our early days so bare with us, we are constantly introducing new features and improving your experience, please help us to help you! You can contact us using our contact us form and we will come back to you as soon as possible.
Find below some help and support topics that can answer any problem or questions you might have but if you still need support or you think there is something not covered in the following topics please don't hesitate to contact us.
We built Swaparoo as a service targeting local communities ideally meeting face to face so you can see the item and if it is not as described just walk away.
If you don't feel comfortable about a deal then don't go ahead.
Meet always in public places and be accompanied with someone else if you can, if not, let somebody know.
Don't carry large sums of money in public, if the item is expensive, meet in a public place to check the item first and if happy then go ahead with the swap (meeting in a safe place, going to a bank or withdrawing the funds).
If something is too good to be true be wary it often made that way to attract your attention, don't trust it. Remember that if it seems to good to be true, it probably is!
Keep notes of your items identification
We recommend you keep a note of the make, model, serial number/s, of the items you are going to swap or sell.
About mobile phones
Keep note of the IMEI and also we strongly recommend that you request a device history check.
Report fraud (Metropolitan police)
Phishing is a cybercrime in which a target or targets are contacted by email, telephone or text message by someone posing as a legitimate institution to lure individuals into providing sensitive data such as personally identifiable information, banking and credit card details, and passwords.
Never give out any financial information or login details to anyone. Use our chat, and preferably use the site to swap, buy or sell within your local area and meet face to face.
Never send money by Western Union, Ukash, Moneygram or any other wire service
PayPal emails saying money is on the way are fake. PayPal put funds immediately into your account, if the funds are not there, then they have not been sent any money.
We don’t get involved in payments or item delivery between users. So be very wary if someone contacts you pretending to be us. Get in touch with us if you think you are getting targeted by a scam.
User caution and common sense, beware if someone asks for upfront payment or deposit before you meet. If you are getting paid by a secure method make sure the funds are cleared in your account before sending any item.
This is a platform to exchange things you no longer need for something desirable to you (other thing/s or just money).
Post and edit items and exchange them for others published in the platform, we provide a chat tool to facilitate it, simple, nothing else!
Post an item
Posting items is free, these will appear to others when browsing or searching items and also you can use your published items to offer them in exchange in a proposal you make for other user's item. When posting an item you will be able to review it prior publishing. You can edit the post later on too when viewing the item (if you own the item will appear options for edition).
To post an item go to the home page and click on 'Post for free' and follow the steps, simple, when you finish your item will appear in the platform (give it some time as we process the item).
Edit an item
To edit an item just go to your post view. Click on the main menu and go to 'Manage Posts', look for your item in the list of your posted items and click on 'Edit' then just click 'Save' whenever you are done with the changes.
Delete an item
Deletion is in the edition view. Just click on 'Delete' and your item will be automatically unpublished.
View an item
Use our search or just browse published items from the platform and click on them.
If you own the item, will appear 'Edit' and visit 'Proposals' buttons.
If this is someone else's item, will appear 'Make a proposal' and 'Any question?' buttons.
Make a Proposal
If you are a registered user, a window with a proposal form will appear, try it out, add some money, offer one or more of your published items and confirm the proposal. Then you can discuss further in the chat button that will appear in the 'Proposals Sent' view for that item.
If you are not sure if you want to make a proposal, just ask the user about the item for more clarification prior a proposal is made. You can always come back to your conversations by visiting 'Messages'.
You can access the proposals that you have sent or made to you and closed by visiting 'Proposals' from your menu. Here you can just 'Withdraw' them if you are no longer interested, 'Accept' it if you have received one proposal you are interested or just open the 'Chat'
When you send a proposal, access the 'Chat' and discuss further about it with the other user, If he accepts the proposal just agree on how to proceed to do the swapping.
Check what you have received as proposal in exchange for your item and open the 'Chat' to the other user to discuss further if you are interested!