U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Economics > Business
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 03-24-2014, 02:33 PM
 
Location: Chicago
2,905 posts, read 4,702,799 times
Reputation: 3287

Advertisements

I was selling a 3.5" 350gb hard drive on craigslist. The dude asked me what I could "include" on the hard drive. Winky face even, as though I was going to include gigs of porn or movies or something. Pfftt. I told him no and that I formatted it. So then we meet up and I sell it to him and he later calls me saying it doesn't work.

I thought to myself, that is odd it was working for me when I formatted. So I meet him up to trade him back his cash and then he says that he tested the hard drive and that he needed the "smaller" hard drive. So basically he bought the wrong HD! I wanted to scream, "So it WORKED You just bought the wrong one!"

That was my worst experience though, which is probably better than most people can say.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 03-25-2014, 05:24 AM
 
1,198 posts, read 1,143,390 times
Reputation: 2193
Quote:
Originally Posted by ChiGuy2.5 View Post
I was selling a 3.5" 350gb hard drive on craigslist. The dude asked me what I could "include" on the hard drive. Winky face even, as though I was going to include gigs of porn or movies or something. Pfftt. I told him no and that I formatted it. So then we meet up and I sell it to him and he later calls me saying it doesn't work.

I thought to myself, that is odd it was working for me when I formatted. So I meet him up to trade him back his cash and then he says that he tested the hard drive and that he needed the "smaller" hard drive. So basically he bought the wrong HD! I wanted to scream, "So it WORKED You just bought the wrong one!"

That was my worst experience though, which is probably better than most people can say.
That was nice of you. My policy is "if you bought it, you own it." I never sell anything defective so if it "coincidentally" stops working after someone buys it then too bad.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-25-2014, 01:07 PM
 
Location: Chicago
2,905 posts, read 4,702,799 times
Reputation: 3287
Quote:
Originally Posted by griffon652 View Post
That was nice of you. My policy is "if you bought it, you own it." I never sell anything defective so if it "coincidentally" stops working after someone buys it then too bad.
I didn't even do it for the money really. I did it in hopes that someone could use it rather than me having it sit around. After that inconvenient experience I have decided to just hold onto it in case I need it in the future.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-27-2014, 09:33 PM
 
2,839 posts, read 4,353,609 times
Reputation: 3669
I would have told him buying the wrong product is his problem not yours...

That guy never called me back- what a surprise. It's like make an offer then if you don't want to pay $400!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-01-2014, 07:02 AM
 
1,124 posts, read 1,092,315 times
Reputation: 1554
I once sold a motorcycle for %50 less (firm) than the going rate (I got a good deal on it and wanted to pass it on). I got at least 30 legit looking emails about it. First one said they would pay my asking price and be right over, I emailed back with my address and phone number.

30 minutes later the guy shows up with $100 less than agreed upon. I told him to pound sand.

He magically had another hundred in his other pocket, I told him unless he had two more for wasting my time the deal was off.

Seriously, this bike was $1,500 under list and sold in seconds, why are craigslisters such idiots. He had a great deal in hand, and couldn't help but try and haggle.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-01-2014, 08:28 AM
 
Location: Simmering in DFW
6,947 posts, read 17,455,541 times
Reputation: 7123
Quote:
Originally Posted by MDrenter223 View Post
I once sold a motorcycle for %50 less (firm) than the going rate (I got a good deal on it and wanted to pass it on). I got at least 30 legit looking emails about it. First one said they would pay my asking price and be right over, I emailed back with my address and phone number.

30 minutes later the guy shows up with $100 less than agreed upon. I told him to pound sand.

He magically had another hundred in his other pocket, I told him unless he had two more for wasting my time the deal was off.

Seriously, this bike was $1,500 under list and sold in seconds, why are craigslisters such idiots. He had a great deal in hand, and couldn't help but try and haggle.
Once we have established a meeting place, or I am allowing them to come to my house, I have gotten in the habit of letting them know that the price is now firm (sometimes I have agreed to a lower price than posted) and I don't have any change so they need to bring the correct amount of money.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-01-2014, 10:21 AM
 
Location: IL
2,994 posts, read 3,968,559 times
Reputation: 3071
There are really wierd people on Craig's List, some must have really nothing to do in their life, it is kind of sad. I was selling something, i don't remember what, and this guy says he is moving to England and wants it shipped there.

To me it was obviously a fake response, so I responded and said send me $1,000 in cash for the $50 item and I will look into shipping rates (I was being as stupid as his response). Anyway, why would someone go to the trouble to do this? What is the payoff? That they get someone to run around and do stuff for nothing?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-01-2014, 10:39 AM
 
7,681 posts, read 9,421,117 times
Reputation: 9216
I love CL.....sold tons of stuff on there.

1. Meet in a public place, daytime etc. (Home Depot for example)
2. Describe everything and include a price, only accept cash
3. No returns, haven't had an issue with this yet though.
4. Include phone number/offer texting

People are usually fair, especially if they are knowledgeable about the product.....

A few bonehead experiences I have had:

1. Sold something for $100......guy paid in singles
2. Sold two similar bikes at the same time, both sold. Guy calls 2 weeks later and says he wanted the other one despite a slight color change being the only difference! Told him sorry, both sold and no exchanges
3. Wrecked truck- $2000 firm w/clean title. Sold for full price in 8 days to a guy 200 miles away. Probably had 40 calls/texts offering trades, low ball offers. Funny not one person asked what it would cost to fix (had estimate in hand). This one had the most amount of action, yet only 2 people came to see it and the 2nd guy bought it. Some of the stupidest questions, like what kind of mpg's does it get, how many can it seat (despite 4 good pictures clearly showing bench seat in the front).

Best CL score- Free mailbox! $300 value. My HOA had a specific mailbox and a tree wrecked mine. I was killing time on CL in the free section and a guy was offering the exact mailbox I needed for free! I got it, painted it with spray paint and stuck it in the ground! That was a great day.......just knowing I didn't have to pay the HOA $300 and I ended up with the best looking mailbox on my block!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-01-2014, 10:41 AM
 
Location: Simmering in DFW
6,947 posts, read 17,455,541 times
Reputation: 7123
Quote:
Originally Posted by almost3am View Post
There are really wierd people on Craig's List, some must have really nothing to do in their life, it is kind of sad. I was selling something, i don't remember what, and this guy says he is moving to England and wants it shipped there.

To me it was obviously a fake response, so I responded and said send me $1,000 in cash for the $50 item and I will look into shipping rates (I was being as stupid as his response). Anyway, why would someone go to the trouble to do this? What is the payoff? That they get someone to run around and do stuff for nothing?
I think there are many people who like to play a game with CL sellers. Things I have encountered:

Arranging to meet and not showing up, then calling saying tied up in traffic several times (I think teenagers are watching from afar, even taking photos for fun) ***if I am meeting someone, I always let them know this is a convenient location for me because I can drop something off at cleaners or another errand, and I will not wait more than 5 min. This has worked great for me and I no longer have this problem.

Asking lots of questions, and for additional photos with no intention of purchasing ***I answer one question via email and tell them if they have additional questions to phone me. I don't send more photos

Trying to negotiate price, again with no intention of purchasing ****I only do one round, if any, of price discussion

Specifically responding to moving sales for the purpose of roaming the house with no intention of buying...just love looking at houses. ****I put item in garage or a confined area.

Arranging to come to the poster's home, specifically when a lot of items are being cleared out, simply to spend time chatting......they are lonely and this is a way to fill time. ***in a few minutes, I simply tell them I have an appt and need to get ready for it.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-01-2014, 12:47 PM
 
3,603 posts, read 2,727,346 times
Reputation: 3479
Have a couple ads up right now.

"What are you paying?"

It's in the ad... twice...

Same person "really wants" to do a specific part, but will do the rest if needed. The specific part is <5% of the job.

Responding to a need for someone to clean a house...

"Are you looking for someone to clean a house?"

Read the ad?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply

Quick Reply
Message:


Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Economics > Business
Similar Threads

All times are GMT -6.

2005-2017, Advameg, Inc.

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 - Top