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Old 03-02-2019, 01:27 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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When selling something I always get texts about how the buyer will send an agent, pay me more, their mother's uncle's farmer's milkman has cancer, they are overseas, etc, etc. I only deal with locals who can meet in person and pay cash.

I suppose the number one tip when buying is if it's too good to be true then it probably is a scam of some kind.

If you search for "Sony OLED" you will see a listing for $600 new, when the retail price is closer to $3,000. This listing appears all over the country on pretty much all of the local Craigslists. I emailed support yesterday, so hopefully it gets taken down, although there are probably thousands of listings (for things other than tvs) like it.
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Old 03-02-2019, 02:56 PM
 
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When I was in New Mexico a couple years ago to clear out my brother's apartment after he died, I listed about a half-dozen items on Craigslist, and scammers galore flooded my mailbox. Obvious clue was so many folks willing to transfer full purchase price for merchandise sight unseen. Yeah, right...
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Old 03-02-2019, 03:30 PM
 
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CL in the DC area had a decent number of legitimate postings and had plenty of legit buyers. I've tried posting items for sale on CL here in Vegas and have gotten almost 100% scammers.

There is a group posting vehicles for sale on there with "too good to be true" prices and photos that obviously were not taken in the Mojave Desert. You can spend time reporting but these people are posting several hundred of these a day.

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Also have seen lots of scamming going on with rentals here. Scammer writes up 5 or 6 different ad copies and 5 or 6 different sets of photos, then mix and matches them posting with random titles and using random points on the map that are all in the same target area. They then repost these multiple times a day.
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Old 03-02-2019, 04:19 PM
 
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Once you weed through the obvious scammers and find legit buyers I've had very good luck and pleasant experiences with Craigslist for local sales. I've also had great luck with Facebook Marketplace/Classifieds as well.
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Old 03-02-2019, 08:00 PM
 
Location: North Las Vegas, NV
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When I was in New Mexico a couple years ago to clear out my brother's apartment after he died, I listed about a half-dozen items on Craigslist, and scammers galore flooded my mailbox. Obvious clue was so many folks willing to transfer full purchase price for merchandise sight unseen. Yeah, right...
Sorry, a little off topic, but if you want some cheap entertainment then look at the listings under rooms wanted. I have seen entire families expecting to rent a room for 350.00 per month.

I was once trying to sell an Air conditioner unit on CL and someone actually mailed me a fake check for much more than what I was asking for the unit.
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Old 03-03-2019, 12:03 AM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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They try to sell quite a few fake guitars as real too. You have to be very careful! Over all I have had good luck with CL. I bought quite a bit of furniture.
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Old 03-03-2019, 03:31 PM
 
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Always try to meet the buyer or seller at the police station parking lot during the day. If they are up to no good, they won't want that.
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Old 03-03-2019, 03:54 PM
 
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We've had better luck with Facebook Marketplace then CL. Flaky sellers who don't call you or dink around, but few outright scams.
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Old 03-05-2019, 12:54 AM
 
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[quote=OmegaSupreme;54576096]When selling something I always get texts about how the buyer will send an agent, pay me more, their mother's uncle's farmer's milkman has cancer, they are overseas, etc, etc. I only deal with locals who can meet in person and pay cash.

I suppose the number one tip when buying is if it's too good to be true then it probably is a scam of some kind.

If you search for "Sony OLED" you will see a listing for $600 new, when the retail price is closer to $3,000. This listing appears all over the country on pretty much all of the local Craigslists. I emailed support yesterday, so hopefully it gets taken down, although there are probably thousands of listings (for things other than tvs) like it.[/QUOT(

Is Craig's List still a thing? I can't imagine why. Would you want a stranger coming to your home?
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Old 03-05-2019, 02:45 AM
 
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Hell no. Meet them at Walmart by or Starbucks or whatever suits your fancy.
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