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Hello, I'm contacting you because I need help with wording. Please not I'm not asking for electronics advise. Basically I'm selling my laptop on a website.

Potential,buyers want me to travel to their house to do a deal. They want to meet me at their house. I dont like this and dont want to travel to buyers house.

I want the buyer to meet me at my house. On my advert, I want to mention that I want the buyer to meet me in or around my area and that I will not travel to buyers house at my travel expense to do the deal.

Is their a better way to word this?

Please advise.

Thank you.

Hi Craig

I think the phrase usually used in this circumstance is

"Buyer collects" - and you can add the area if you wish

But it is quite common for laptops to be delivered in the post these days

couldn't you offer that option as well?

NB - you would need to get the payment first in such a case

Hope that helps

Best wishes - and good luck

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