Anyone have any experience selling things on craigslist?

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    Jun 18, 2010 12:59 AM GMT
    Last week I posted an ad on craigs to sell my old laptop. .

    the very same day I posted the ad I had the thing sold and cash in hand.
    So, this week. I decided to sell my iPod touch on craigslist. .

    I get this weird response from this guy in Texas wanting to buy it from me for his son who is in Africa on some humanitarian mission.
    He said he would pay me double what I was aking for (why?)
    All he needed was my paypal email account. .

    Anyway, I'm smelling bullshit and wanted to know if it's common to come across these scams on craigslist.

  • Link27

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    Jun 18, 2010 1:07 AM GMT
    I've been trying to sell a desk on craigslist for a couple of months now. I had one guy who was interested, I told him multiple times that he can come and check it out - he kept making a plan, and then canceling - and this went on three times. I told him somebody else wanted it and that i'd have to sell it by a certain date otherwise I'm offering it to someone else - he said OK and I never heard from him again. I then offered it to the next guy who said he wanted it and then when trying to make the plan, he simply never replied to when he was going to come and pick it up. If you change your mind, that's fine, but it's rude to just leave someone hanging - it's not like I'm a sales associate at a huge store and it's my job.
  • Bunjamon

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    Jun 18, 2010 1:10 AM GMT
    I sold my virginity on craigslist.......

    NOT! But I did sell a bunch of old furniture when I was leaving Montreal and it went out the door so fast! Within a week my apartment was empty and I was ready to move the important stuff.

    As far as the sketchy guy in Texas goes, just don't sell it to him. If it feels weird then don't do it. You'll find someone else pretty quickly who will be willing to buy your iPod. I never had bad luck with things that I sold, but I did meet some pretty wacky people. The lady who bought a little couch that I had and who insisted that I help her move it lived in this little squalid apartment with a dog she'd brought back from a trip to Cuba. And boy was she a chatterbox!
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    Jun 18, 2010 1:14 AM GMT
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  • 1man

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    Jun 18, 2010 1:15 AM GMT
    Yes, sold furniture a few times. items sold very quickly, within hours of me posting. beware of the scam artist, anyone who tries to send you a money order because they are out of town. someone offered to send me a money order . they then emailed me to say they sent the wrong amount and could i cash the mo and sent them back the difference, but keep an extra $100 for yourself.
  • allamathlete

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    Jun 18, 2010 1:19 AM GMT
    I've had pretty good luck on there. I bought and sold cars on there.
    I always avoid anyone that can not do a face to face deal. just like anything online if the person isn't willing to show a face it's probably some b.s. behind it
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    Jun 18, 2010 1:24 AM GMT
    I sold Red Sox tickets literally in minutes after I posted them.

    I met him a block from my house (I didn't want a stranger coming to my place), he was a firefighter with cash in hand. Perfect.

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    Jun 18, 2010 1:24 AM GMT
    I sold TheGuyNextDoor on Craigslist.... had to come WAY down on the asking price! icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif

    Jut kidding... you know I love ya!

    I've sold patio furniture, projection TV, a car, and advertised garage sales on CL... all with pretty good success. Have not yet come across bullshit like what you're mentioning, but don't deny it's out there.
  • Sk8Tex

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    Jun 18, 2010 1:30 AM GMT
    Sold two mustangs and a honda civic on craigslist...someone said earlier if it doesn't feel right, then dont do it. Listen to that instinct.
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    Jun 18, 2010 1:33 AM GMT
    To OP: yes, those scams exist. Every so often you get those when you have stuff for sale. Best not to have your actual e-mail or phone number in the ad.

    I've sold tons of stuff...it's easy and quick.
  • HankFit247

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    Jun 18, 2010 1:34 AM GMT
    I've sold some small things. Always came with a fair amount of spam too. So create a seperate email account.

    Haven't had to many problems with Non-Serious folks, or folks trying to kite funds.


    I always get people trying to kite funds when I list a room for rent,
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    Jun 18, 2010 1:34 AM GMT
    craigslist no, kijiji, yes
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    Jun 18, 2010 1:46 AM GMT
    I tried to sell my body but the only offers I got were for my organs.
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    Jun 18, 2010 1:46 AM GMT
    ScottsSoHot saidcraigslist no, kijiji, yes


    that site for only for u canadians icon_rolleyes.gif
    silly goose, i live the good ol US of A icon_smile.gif

    but thanks
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    Jun 18, 2010 1:47 AM GMT
    Yes and there are TONS of phishing scams.. I deal with that by asking them "pointed questions" and making them CALL me.. Do not ever sell anything via email alone!
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    Jun 18, 2010 1:48 AM GMT
    Import said
    ScottsSoHot saidcraigslist no, kijiji, yes


    that site for only for u canadians icon_rolleyes.gif
    silly goose, i live the good ol US of A icon_smile.gif

    but thanks


    its http://newyork.ebayclassifieds.com/

    sawry, please don't spank me.... wait a minute, I might like that.
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    Jun 18, 2010 1:48 AM GMT
    Bunjamon saidI sold my virginity on craigslist.......

    NOT! But I did sell a bunch of old furniture when I was leaving Montreal and it went out the door so fast! Within a week my apartment was empty and I was ready to move the important stuff.

    As far as the sketchy guy in Texas goes, just don't sell it to him. If it feels weird then don't do it. You'll find someone else pretty quickly who will be willing to buy your iPod. I never had bad luck with things that I sold, but I did meet some pretty wacky people. The lady who bought a little couch that I had and who insisted that I help her move it lived in this little squalid apartment with a dog she'd brought back from a trip to Cuba. And boy was she a chatterbox!

    slut, i'll buy ur virginity for a couple of greenbacks. . .
    u seem worth iticon_smile.gif
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    Jun 18, 2010 1:51 AM GMT
    I've sold a large aquarium, camcorder, birdcage, you name it. Also bought the nice monitor I am using right now for $10.

    Gotta love the no listing and final value fees. F U ebay.
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    Jun 18, 2010 1:52 AM GMT
    Import said

    I get this weird response from this guy in Texas wanting to buy it from me for his son who is in Africa on some humanitarian mission.
    He said he would pay me double what I was aking for (why?)
    All he needed was my paypal email account. .




    Super common scam. They'll send you a check for twice the amount, it won't clear for some odd reason, they'll tell you to buy other things for their "son" with the extra money, sending you to some specific site to buy them from. Just...just ignore it.

    Craigslist has so many flakes you'd think it was milles feuilles.
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    Jun 18, 2010 1:58 AM GMT
    I have sold a few things on Craigslist. They all sold within a few hours and there are no listing or selling fees. It is the best way to go. I only got a scam email once and just deleted it and went on. I also get some spam, so I use a separate email for this. I take cash only so I do not get scammed by anyone.
  • oursirpeace

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    Jun 18, 2010 1:59 AM GMT
    Import saidI get this weird response from this guy in Texas wanting to buy it from me for his son who is in Africa on some humanitarian mission.
    He said he would pay me double what I was aking for (why?)
    All he needed was my paypal email account. .

    Whenever I get those emails mentioning Africa I know immediately it's a scam.

    I only remember successfully selling my old iPod on craigslist for $50, I've tried CDs, DVDs, clothes but with no luck.
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    Jun 18, 2010 2:03 AM GMT
    Yeah it's a major scam. Avoid everyone that mentions paypal and shipping. You should also demand that they meet you somewhere close to your home/job/etc. because there are a lot of flaky people. If they don't want to come to you then don't sell it.
    I've sold/bought a few things on it. All from decent guys. icon_cool.gif

    Certain items go faster than others and underpriced items go even faster....
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    Jun 18, 2010 2:18 AM GMT
    A1EX saidYeah it's a major scam. Avoid everyone that mentions paypal and shipping. You should also demand that they meet you somewhere close to your home/job/etc. because there are a lot of flaky people. If they don't want to come to you then don't sell it.
    I've sold/bought a few things on it. All from decent guys. icon_cool.gif

    Certain items go faster than others and underpriced items go even faster....


    I know underpriced will sell fast. . . icon_smile.gif


    i mean who doesn't want a perfectly functioning item to sell for under the market value?

    Certainly not me icon_neutral.gif
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    Jun 18, 2010 2:18 AM GMT
    I have the words "Nigeria" and "heir" on my email block list. Oh, and Viagra, V I A G R A, etc etc.

    I wish they'd make a film on hunting down and killing Spammers.
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    Jun 18, 2010 2:18 AM GMT
    A1EX saidYeah it's a major scam. Avoid everyone that mentions paypal and shipping. You should also demand that they meet you somewhere close to your home/job/etc. because there are a lot of flaky people. If they don't want to come to you then don't sell it.
    I've sold/bought a few things on it. All from decent guys. icon_cool.gif

    Certain items go faster than others and underpriced items go even faster....


    btw, you're hot. . icon_wink.gif