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Joplin Businesses say No to Online Swaps in Parking Lots



Online buying and trading continues to grow in popularity, but some four state businesses don't want to participate.. And it really has nothing to do with the concept itself.


It began as one group, and now there are multiple. Facebook pages that allow for buying and selling of items, and judging by the number of swaps taking place daily, it seems to be the new norm for bargain shoppers. But some local businesses don't want the swap taking place on their property.

"we received a few calls when they see people meeting on their lots, and they're not wanting them to meet there, then they'll call us and try to assist them with getting them off their property." says lt. Matt Stewart of the Joplin police department.

In the four state area, several online groups allow people to post items for sale at discount prices. The buyer then arranges a meeting place. But Joplin police say it's not 100 percent safe. Back in august officers arrested a man for an armed robbery.

"whenever they arrived there, the person that was going to buy the item actually ended up knocking the item out of their hands and taking off with it and robbed them of that item." says Stewart.

Southwest Missouri bank is one local business no longer allowing swaps.

Peggy fuller, V.P. of marketing for the bank said via phone:

"as a bank we take security very seriously, and we have customers come through our parking lots after hours and during business hours to do night deposits...use ATM, etc. Very seldom do we allow things like this to take place on our lot due to liability of our customers"

Joplin police say online trading is relatively safe, and very thrifty for those who know what they're looking for...but they do want to remind shoppers...if a deal looks too good to be true, chances are, it probably is.

"we just ask those who are buying items...if it's a 5 or 600 dollar item and they're selling it for 50 to 100 dollars...there's probably something up there, and to do a little more checking to make sure it's some sort of valid property" Stewart says.

We posted to our Facebook page this afternoon for your thoughts on the online swapping...and there was an overwhelming support for the groups. And many plan to continue using the groups for big deals.

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