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pinkytoe
8-23-14, 6:46pm
Craigslist used to be such a great way to de-clutter but I have had nothing but scams everytime I try to use it now. Today, I thought I was dealing with an honest person but after giving her my phone number to call to get my address along with a time to show up - nothing. Then found out that one of their many scams is to get your phone number and sell to foreigners who need one to set up an account. So frustrating as I gave up my Saturday to be here...

Float On
8-23-14, 6:51pm
I'm sorry. I've not had any problems using it but one of my good friends fell for a scam in it and she ended up being out $500.00.

iris lilies
8-23-14, 7:06pm
I like Craigslist to announce the existence of free stuff. Announcements like "There are oak chairs and a table sitting in the alley at 1900 Park Ave" and etc.

Trying to sell "stuff" to individuals in a one-on-one transaction is a sheer waste of my time. I suppose if I had a really nice piece of furniture or two, it might be worth a try, but that's about it. I'd still take it to a dealer, more than likely.

pinkytoe
8-23-14, 7:19pm
the existence of free stuff
We just put free stuff on the curb and it disappears. Always amazes me.

Packy
8-23-14, 7:23pm
Craigslist is okay, but not 100%. There are "all kinds" of people, trying to dispose of items. Recently, I spent the morning, driving to a residence in Nixa, 25+ miles from home, to take a look at some car parts a guy had left sitting in a wooden storage shed at a friends house. I arrived, but the seller wasn't there, so I called and waited 25 minutes for him to arrive. He had an attitude--"I didn't know if you was gonna show up, or what!" Well, he's the one that was tardy. Anyway, we went out to the shed, where the items were piled up. He really was lucky the friend didn't pitch his stuff, to get it out of the way, but there it was. None of it too terribly good, but I made him a generous offer for all of it, so he could consider it gone. But, while I was looking, he'd gotten a call on his cell, and he said that a buyer had said hold onto it--"I'm coming in from Tulsa(200 miles away)this weekend--and I'll buy it!" What a crock. I just turned around and walked off. A wasted trip. I see that, a week later, the car parts are still on Craigslist. Either his "buyer" didn't show, or was nonexistent in the first place, or the seller is just another one of those jerks that leave their ad on, even after their stuff is disposed of, thus wasting peoples' time in responding. But, there are good things at cheap prices to be found. Last winter, I did drive a long ways for a part; clear up by Hermitage ---for the same kind of car as above---and the ad had been on craigslist for so long that I was surprised the seller still had it. Well, I got there, and the item was in very good shape--paid the asking price. But, the seller had a pile of extra parts for the same car, including a duplicate of the one I was buying, and he threw them in with the deal! Made a good deal, much better. I've also bought a coupla project bikes on craigslist, and some parts, too. Even though, in this area, most of the CL bike stuff is junky department store kids bikes.

Float On
8-23-14, 8:22pm
The last thing I sold on CL was my 2000 Durango for $2400.00 (no air, speakers blown, a few other problems, plus it only got 13mpg). I was really suprised when the first buyer showed up and had cash. No problems with that transaction at all.

awakenedsoul
8-23-14, 8:51pm
We just put free stuff on the curb and it disappears. Always amazes me.

Same here. It's usually gone in one night. Except for the couches. I made mine a floral porch couch.

Sorry you've been having bad experiences. That was kind of my impression of Craig's List in LA. I've heard so many horror stories...

awakenedsoul
8-23-14, 8:53pm
The last thing I sold on CL was my 2000 Durango for $2400.00 (no air, speakers blown, a few other problems, plus it only got 13mpg). I was really suprised when the first buyer showed up and had cash. No problems with that transaction at all.

That's excellent! A nice quick, cash deal! Congratulations.

sweetana3
8-23-14, 9:05pm
I made a very good friend when buying a couple of things from her. We first met at a Starbucks since we were strangers. Now we visit each other. Got mom a pair of maple end tables for her new apartment. I use it to check garage sale ads but most people dont put enough info on the advertisements. Sometimes they forget address or even day and time. With the cost of gas, I need more info to determine if it is a good sale for me.

ApatheticNoMore
8-23-14, 9:31pm
Today, I thought I was dealing with an honest person but after giving her my phone number to call to get my address along with a time to show up - nothing. Then found out that one of their many scams is to get your phone number and sell to foreigners who need one to set up an account. So frustrating as I gave up my Saturday to be here...

I'd put the odds it was a scam compared to the odds it was a flaky person vastly in favor of the flaky person theory. Because around 50% of people seem to be flaky.

Simplemind
8-23-14, 10:49pm
I hear all sorts of Craig's list stories and have experienced a few. In the past couple of years I have been working on getting my dad's property down to a somewhat manageable amount. I love having garage sales and have them every year (25 years or so now) and sometimes more than one. I can't help it, they and the people who shop them fascinate me. I have dedicated yearly shoppers who are admitted hoarders.
I put pictures of the bigger items on the Craig's list garage sale ad. I then put in separate ads by type of item and say in that one that it is available over that particular weekend in a garage sale. We also photo our free pile that we start at the end of the first day. We never cease to be amazed at what people will cart away.
I have had a large amount of hunting, camping and fishing gear. We had many tents the smallest a two man and the biggest 18 X 14. Rafts, chairs.... you name it, we had it in spades. Lets just say a four car garage with a full attic over it filled to the brim and several out buildings. The response was so overwhelming people had a hard time getting in and out of our cul de sac. We were trying to set tents up so people could see them and they were buying them before we could get the stakes in the ground. Our phone and computers had messages coming in and we flat out told people, no holds there was a garage sale going on and if they wanted it they better show up.
I had a guy call, he knew exactly what the big canvas tent was and wanted it at asking price sight unseen. The only problem was that he couldn't get out to get it because........ wait for it........ he was wearing an ankle bracelet and could I deliver, he would pay for gas. I told him I would get back to him. Hmmmm ankle bracelet for what? Did Dexter want the tent for a kill room? Hmmmmm. I had several badge carrying friends who offered to go with me figuring there must be warrants to be served. Luckily it was snatched up by somebody else so I deprived them of an adventure.

Teacher Terry
8-24-14, 12:31am
WE have had excellent luck with Craig's list. I have both sold & given away stuff on it. I make sure that everything is outside because I don't want strangers in my house.

pinkytoe
8-24-14, 11:39am
I guess the anonymous nature of CL allows "flaky" people to think it's OK to jerk people around.

ToomuchStuff
8-24-14, 12:05pm
I use it to check garage sale ads but most people dont put enough info on the advertisements. Sometimes they forget address or even day and time. With the cost of gas, I need more info to determine if it is a good sale for me.

Around here, it is fairly common to see a garage sale post, start a week or two before a sale, and the address and other info will only appear either the day of, or day before the sale. (advertising doesn't cost them anything, and they don't want people knocking on the door early)
I've had mixed luck with CL locally. Found one specific tool, that I looked for years for, for half the price it typically goes for used. (been offered more then I paid a few times), made a deal on an air compressor and while at work, the gentleman delivered it. Made another deal and was supposed to go pick it up on the weekend, on the way out I called for directions, and the guy sold it. (an hours drive out)
Most times, met in a public place, a couple times followed them back (bought a large vise for a friends garage, from an old man went over to pick it up). Found a couple garage sales, due to CL. But recently we have had some robberies, and a murder, due to CL (selling a car, and when they went to look with the cash, were robbed and shot), also had things like tenants moving out, posting come and get it's, and the house being stripped of appliances, copper pipe, etc.

Simplemind
8-24-14, 1:52pm
I've had vehicles to sell that I didn't mind the people that came out for farm equipment but I didn't do the car and truck on Craig's list. I wasn't going to get in the car with somebody I didn't know nor was I going to let them test drive it alone. Thankfully I found friends of friends for both. We did have what we figured were two scammers who called one for a tractor and another for a trailer advertised outside of the garage sale, wanted the address and would give a check down payment. We told them no, full cash only. We were afraid people would come out and try to drive off with stuff. My dad lives out in the boonies, is deaf and would never hear somebody hooking up and driving off. I like doing it in conjunction with a garage sale, lots of people around and everything is gone at the end. It took us almost 8 months to sell the tractor on CL. I'm patient, I know my buyer will eventually appear. It was a lovely man who was finally retiring. He grew up on a farm and was a John Deere fanatic. He wanted a vintage tractor for his property and that is just what we had. He was beyond delighted. I love getting rid of something and seeing how it is going to delight somebody else.

catherine
8-24-14, 4:26pm
So, here is my own listing: Does anyone here want a vintage Franklin Chef 6-burner professional range?? That's been in my garage for several years?? Which we've been trying to get rid of somehow??

We tried Craigslist and got one interested party: "I will send you a check. I cannot talk on the phone because I'm hearing impaired. Please cash the check [which BTW was three times the asking price of the range] and send us back the difference."

Anyway, if any of you know of someone who would like this range for the cost of getting it out of our garage, please let me know!

SteveinMN
8-24-14, 11:13pm
I'm sorry your experience has been not so good. There are some real creeps and big dreamers on craigslist. It takes a little something to weed them out, but the techniques are out there.

I've bought and sold a lot of stuff on cl and can recall only one occasion when the seller flaked out and one deal that had to be undone because the problem I disclosed with the item was too much for the buyer to deal with. Lots of people who failed to show to pick up something -- for some reason the people coming for free stuff tend to be the flakiest. I try to make things very clear in my ads, I do not respond to 'is it still available' and I don't offer a phone number until I have a sense of the person at the other end of the transaction -- and sometimes never at all. None of that guarantees a smooth transaction. But it helps.

gimmethesimplelife
8-24-14, 11:21pm
We just put free stuff on the curb and it disappears. Always amazes me.I put a nightstand out on the street once and in five minutes flat it was gone.....First time I had ever put something out on the street like that and I too was surprised it was taken so fast. Rob

mschrisgo2
8-25-14, 12:54am
I have not been able to sell or give away anything on craigslist, but my daughter and I have Bought LOTS of things from craigslist. It works great for items that have a particular name, like Ikea furniture, and just now I was looking for a VariKennel for a new dog- found one close by, $20, picture in the ad, texted the guy, will meetup after work tomorrow. I think it will be a fine transaction.

I _have_ given away literally dozens of things on freecycle. Out local freecycle group is about 5000 strong now, and there's 10-12 postings a day. All that stuff that "somebody could probably use" - I've posted and sure enough, there's only been one thing I couldn't give away. I usually do porch pickup, that works where I live since my porch is fairly protected.

pinkytoe
8-25-14, 11:30am
I am sure like many older people we are in a quandary over how to get rid of excess furniture. Apparently, there is a real "glut" of what is now called brown furniture, ie wood furniture from the 70s through 2000s and certain antiques that no one likes anymore even though some of it is solid wood. If it's not mid-century modern, then it just ain't cool. Luckily, I like the few antiques I have and the other pieces are purely functional like the dining table. But things like sofa tables, armoires - can't even give them away.

iris lilies
8-25-14, 12:23pm
I am sure like many older people we are in a quandary over how to get rid of excess furniture. Apparently, there is a real "glut" of what is now called brown furniture, ie wood furniture from the 70s through 2000s and certain antiques that no one likes anymore even though some of it is solid wood. If it's not mid-century modern, then it just ain't cool. Luckily, I like the few antiques I have and the other pieces are purely functional like the dining table. But things like sofa tables, armoires - can't even give them away.

Smart people should be collecting typical 70's furniture because that will be the next trend.

But you would never get me into a post 1970's house, sorry, I refuse. I do like 50's and 60's ranchettes, however.

creaker
8-25-14, 1:29pm
I put a nightstand out on the street once and in five minutes flat it was gone.....First time I had ever put something out on the street like that and I too was surprised it was taken so fast. Rob

We can do that - when we lived in Cambridge it didn't even need to be trash day - we'd just put it out and it was gone in 2 hours. Where I am now there are people who drive around looking for anything worth picking up before the the trash trucks get it - especially anything scrap metal.

JaneV2.0
8-25-14, 2:29pm
Smart people should be collecting typical 70's furniture because that will be the next trend.

But you would never get me into a post 1970's house, sorry, I refuse. I do like 50's and 60's ranchettes, however.

Rats--I was hoping I could sell you my house! :~) Having lived surrounded by antiques in my youth, I'm crazy about anything angular and spare. Mid-century is fine, though I like an upstairs, but anything that looks like a vacation getaway is fine with me.

SteveinMN
8-26-14, 10:37am
Rats--I was hoping I could sell you my house! :~)
You could sell it to us! I like mid-century houses fine and I've seen some houses dating back to the late 1800s that are fine. Clean and spare is restful to me. I'm not much into ornamentation and frip-frap. I'll admire a "painted lady" Victorian from the outside. But I wouldn't want to live in one.

JaneV2.0
8-26-14, 12:47pm
My house, like its owner, has a lot of potential. Completely unrealized. Here's hoping that the house won't have to wait for its next lifetime. I lovingly call it "Chez Decay."