Ever been stood up on Craigslist?

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    Dec 22, 2011 1:46 AM GMT
    When you're selling an item, that is. I'm selling a home theater projector and screen and a guy seriously interested called at 4:00 and said he'd be here at 6:30 pm. Seemed like a great guy, said he'd call as he got nearer, etc.

    Never showed or called, and I called back and got message. Ugh. Why do people do such things? I bet he went home and told his wife what he wanted to buy and she talked him out of it. Women, they always interfere. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Dec 22, 2011 3:43 AM GMT
    wrestlervic saidWhen you're selling an item, that is. I'm selling a home theater projector and screen and a guy seriously interested called at 4:00 and said he'd be here at 6:30 pm. Seemed like a great guy, said he'd call as he got nearer, etc.

    Never showed or called, and I called back and got message. Ugh. Why do people do such things? I bet he went home and told his wife what he wanted to buy and she talked him out of it. Women, they always interfere. icon_rolleyes.gif
    All the time.. I tell em ya want it? show with cash and call my number first otherwise dont bother me.. It weeds out the scammers that way. I dont do shit via 'email' on there.
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    Dec 22, 2011 3:46 AM GMT
    Selling an item? Like what, your anus?

    Sorry, had to - it's Dregslist icon_lol.gif
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    Dec 22, 2011 4:12 AM GMT
    Never sold on Craigslist...but bought a 400 pound weight set...other fitness equipment on the cheap...money talks...
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    Dec 22, 2011 4:22 AM GMT
    I've sold lots of stuff on craigslist and only got stood up once. My strategy is to post my ad late at night and when I wake up the next day, I have a full in-box of replies that I can sort through and decide who seems genuine to respond back to. Usually, I'm looking for full names in the e-mail address, someone who writes in complete sentences, mentions what part of town they're in, gives local contact information, and expresses a real desire in the item or asks a pertinent follow-up question.

    If you find that, then you can ignore all the sketchy responses.
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    Dec 22, 2011 9:43 AM GMT
    My roommate bought it last night since I still had it set up. Yay!

    The key to craigslist is to use your phone number and tell them to call if interested. I think the guy was seriously interested, but somehow talked himself out of it.

    You also want to click the renew button every 48 hours to keep your item up near the top.
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    Dec 22, 2011 10:17 AM GMT
    Trollileo said
    wrestlervic saidMy roommate bought it last night since I still had it set up. Yay!

    The key to craigslist is to use your phone number and tell them to call if interested. I think the guy was seriously interested, but somehow talked himself out of it.

    You also want to click the renew button every 48 hours to keep your item up near the top.
    I prefer ebay. Safer and I don't have to associate myself on CL and I don't have to provide personal information.


    Craigslist is good for large, heavy items that would be too costly to ship, or could get damaged in the process. You wouldn't want to sell a 100 gallon glass aquarium on ebay, for example.
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    Dec 22, 2011 1:38 PM GMT
    Just a word of caution: if you're selling a relatively expensive merchandise on CL, be very careful. Some unscrupulous people just want to know your address and then rob you. There have been many such cases. Here's an example (man tried to sell a diamond ring on CL and got shot in front of his family):

    http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/37082569/ns/today/t/dad-shot-dead-after-placing-craigslist-ad/
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    Dec 22, 2011 1:57 PM GMT
    Craigslist is notoriously sketchy. I've sold a few pieces of furniture on there, and I've learned to sell to the first person that actually shows up, not the first to call or email. You just have to be really upfront with people about that, and I try to be nice and tell them I'll call and let them know if someone else showed up before they did.
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    Dec 22, 2011 4:04 PM GMT
    I've been on the not-showing-up end. I was a little hesitant about the meeting & in the end I decided the headphones were not worth a possible raping/killing/robbing. icon_eek.gif
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    Dec 22, 2011 4:15 PM GMT
    endo saidCraigslist is notoriously sketchy. I've sold a few pieces of furniture on there, and I've learned to sell to the first person that actually shows up, not the first to call or email. You just have to be really upfront with people about that, and I try to be nice and tell them I'll call and let them know if someone else showed up before they did.


    Craigslist is populated by flakes just like the Hook ups sites. I think
    People fantasize about buying stuff just like they do about sex. The Flakes are on it for entertainment. I reply to every response with " First come First serve and don't make appointments otherwise you will be wasting your time.