I have an item listed on Craigslist. It requires a van, truck or trailer to
move, so I included local delivery in the posting. I included a detailed
description and enough pictures for anyone to understand exactly what I
A lady calls me, says she is very interested, so we arrange for me to
deliver it on Saturday. I call her before I leave the house, she says
she is out at the moment but will be home before I get there. I get to
her house...no one home. I call her and she says she will be home in
10 minutes. 20 minutes later I call her again and get no answer. I went
home and never heard from her again.
A couple of days later a guy sends me an email asking if the item is still
available. I say "Yes" and he responds with "How low are you willing to go?"
I reply "I'm sure we can come to an agreeable price, please give me a call."
Crickets. No response, no phone call, no more emails.
Next, a guy calls me and asked if it's still available. When I tell him it is,
he says "OK, I just saw your ad, let me show it to my wife and I'll get back
to you later. I don't hear from him so I call him back the next day at 10AM
and he says "My wife is still thinking about it. I'll call you by 1PM.
In the meantime, somebody else called and I told him that he is next on the
list, I was just waiting to hear back from someone else. I was trying to be
fair. He was very polite, said he was very interested and to let him know if
the other guy backs out.
Well, 1PM comes and goes, I haven't heard back from the other guy, so I
text the latest person and tell him that it's his if he still wants it.
Every other text to him was answered within minutes. This time, hours go by
with no response. Earlier this morning I texted him again and once again,
What is it with some people? If you change your mind, fine. I get that.
I've looked at items that thought I was interested in and then decided I
didn't want it, but I always let the seller know. I've now got 4 people -
one of which stood me up at her house! - who just simply stopped responding
or never called back to let me know that they changed their minds. How hard
is it to call/text/email with a simple "I'm no longer interested" especially
asked to be kept updated and/or promised to call?
If any of these people contact me again I'll tell them to go pound sand
and that I'm donating the item. The money isn't significant enough for me
to put up with such rudeness.