I have a throw-away prepay cell phone that I activated on the PagePlus
Cellular MVNO network for craigslist and similar contact. I bought the
phone for $15 on Ebay and PagePlus's $10 Standard Plan offers 100
minutes good for 120 days. You need to refill before the minutes expire
and unused ones roll over to the next 120 day period. For $2.50 a month,
you don't have to give out your real numbers.
I make cell phone number trading mandatory at the point a meet-up time
and meeting is established. That way, if he's late, you can call him--
or he can call you if he's running late.
The second amendment wasn't written so we could go hunting. It was
written so we could shoot at the government if it was ever taken over by
If I was engaged in a business that relied on using Craigslist I would
probably do something like this, but I am not. So for me, filtering out
the illiterate and/or impatient individuals from my interactions keeps
my Craigslist experience a positive one.
Look into Google Voice. Set up a phone number in ANY area code you wish
(including your own<g>) and it will act as a filter. Phone messages are
recorded, transcribed and shipped to you anonymously. You can also
listen in on the call being left and pick up if you wish.
I use it almost exclusively for Craigslist dealing. It's free.
Craigslist if full of idiots who have no concept of basic human
interaction and protocol. In a situation like the one you presented, I
just write it off as an idiot, and cease wasting my time.
Are they idiots or scammers? I don't know, and I don't care, it just
isn't worth my time to find out.
As an aside, I recently asked a few laptop sellers on craigslist some
questions. A lot of them don't include the model number, and when you
ask them for this information, it does like this:
Me: What model of laptop is this?
Seller: It is a Dell Latitude
This is with a laptop that is already described as being a Dell
Latitude, and it goes on and on like this.
The bottom line is that unless it is an item worth dealing with an idiot
over, cut your losses and move on; life is too short.
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