I'm writing to say nice things about Craigslist.
A couple days ago, I got a newer refrigerator. I did my best to give the old
one away for free, to anyone from my church who needed a refrigerator. No
So, I listed it on Craigslist, for $25. About four hours later I had one
email. I called the person, who came over and paid me cash. He and a friend
loaded it on his truck, barely gave me a chance to help out. Explained that
his fridge wasn't cooling, and he needed one to get him by for a while.
Craigslist worked, for me. I promptly deleted the ad.
We ourselves have never used Craig's List, but our niece is an old hand,
so we had her list an item for us. The only response she received had
all the marks of being a scam, once I read all the caveats on the CL Web
site. Reading their advice on fraud prevention is quite instructive.
My short version is: Craig's List is fine for local transactions where
the prospective purchaser can examine the item and where payment is made
in cash -- even cashier's checks can be forged, I understand.
And for large heavy items that selling and shipping on ebay or such would be
prohibitive. I have bought and gotten rid of things on craigslist that I
thought I would have to haul to the dump. And found some pretty hard to
I imagine that fellow was really happy with his temporary $25 solution to
his spoiling food predicament. I advertised for free dead fridges/freezers
to brew beer in, and got a nice freezer for free that was fully functional,
just needed a new cord.
We have a local AM radio thing that is a hoot. It is called "TRADIO".
KSUB, Cedar City, Utah. 9-10AM every weekday. No commercials or business
advertisements. Guns allowed. Animals allowed. Not too many prohibited
things. It is live with a 7 second delay so they can beep something if they
have to. I have finished my ad, and within 15 seconds, the phone rings, and
I sell the article. Local stuff, they pick it up. Found thousands of
dollars of new steel used in metal buildings, paid $400.
Yes, I have had scammers hit on me on craigslist. So, I don't bother to
answer any of those that want me to take it off, hold it, have another
person pick it up and give me a MO, that sort of stuff. Just bring cash,
and a leash, and drag this dog off, and we'll both be happy.
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re: "And for large heavy items that selling and shipping on ebay or
such would be prohibitive. "
A few years back, I wanted to purchase a 10' aluminum step ladder.
On a lark, I decided to check eBay even though I knew that the
shipping costs would outweigh any cost savings I might find.
I came across an essentially brand new Werner type 1A 10' step ladder
for $60. It was listed as "pick up only" in a town about 20 minutes
from my Mom's house in Massachusetts, which is about 350 miles from my
It was late November and we were going to Mom's house for Christmas so
I emailed the seller and told him I'd pay for it right away if he'd
hold it until Christmas week.
"It's just hanging on my garage wall, so sure...pay me and it's yours.
I guess he could have ripped me off, but I trusted the guy, paid him
and during Christmas week I picked it up, strapped it to the top of my
van and have been enjoying it ever since.
Oh, Gawd. Pardon the blasphemy. Now if we could only achieve the same
level of consciousness among top posters. A top poster who condones the
immediate retraction of items sold on craigslist.
Ah, we can always dream, can we not?
I've dumped a lot of stuff I just wanted to get rid of on Craigslist. The
trick is weeding out the phone/texting idiots and sticking to email
I figure if someone can read/write and carry on a written communication they
should be halfway decent, and usually that is the case. The funny part is
when giving something away for free; only about half of those people ever
show up, so I just give free stuff to St. Vinnie's now.
I'm thinking of haul a lot of my usable clutter to ABVI Goodwill. They can
sell the stuff in time for Christmas, and have the money they make.
I'm always suspicious of people who want to immediately change the format
"look at my web site, and email me from there" gets deleted.
The scam Clark Howard's caller mentioned. Distatnt buyer. Paying by bank
check which was "accidentally" over the sale price. Buyer requests seller to
deposit the check, send the cash back, and keep a c'note for the buyer's
I sold 2 grave plots I discovered my Mom owned on C'sL after she died.
Before I actually sold them, for real, I had fun playing with some idiot
from NY that wanted to send his movers over to pick them up after the
"check" he sent me arrived.
That's a shame. People looking for work.
But similar has happened in regular newspaper want ads.
"MODEL WANTED - bring overnight bag."
And hookers are always in danger.
Don't know if others here had things like "Trading Times"
which was a thick bi-weekly publication around here.
Free to take from where anybody gave them space to stack them up.
Ad takers paid a fee for the ad.
No hooker or "personal" stuff, just selling hard goods and some
"wanted to buy."
I don't know if that's still around.
Only time I used it I drove way too far to look at a cap for my pick
up. The damn thing was home-made, badly built, in the weeds, falling
apart and going rotten. Don't know why that asshole though anybody
would pay him for that. Yeah, he wanted money for that.
I've browsed Craigslist for tools. Looks like you can find some
deals. If I wanted a table saw I'd look there first.
A couple years ago I got on my kid to get 6 tires/rims out of my
garage. He put them on Craigslist for $700.
About a week later I get a company check for about $2800 made out to
I googled the company and called them about it. Get to a guy in
accounting and he tells me somebody got into their system and stole
some checks. They've been killed, just tear it up.
In the meantime my kid is getting emails and a letter containing 3
addressed and stamped envelopes.
He's supposed to cash the $2800 check, keep $700, and send various
amounts of what's left in the 3 envelopes.
Somebody will arrange to pick up the tires later.
He took all that garbage to the post office and filled out a fraud
form. Never heard a thing about in 2 years.
He never looked at Craigslist again.
The damn tires are still in my garage.
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