On Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 10:10:58 AM UTC-4, Meanie wrote:
I agree...my post was just a vent after hearing crickets for the 4th time.
How hard is it to respond with "Hey sorry...I changed my mind" when a
simple "Are you still interested" is asked?
Heck, you don't even have to say "Sorry". ;-)
Guess that I have been lucky on both Craigslist and the places on
Facebook. I have sold a few items, given a few away and bought a few.
Sofar everyone has showed up at the given time.
My worst thing was with Lowes. Bought a stove that had to be ordered.
Got an auto call and then a person called saying they would deliver in 2
days at 5 PM. No show or call. The next day I called them in the
afternoon to find out what hapened. The next week the same thing
hapened. Another call and I had them to check to see if they had
another modle in stock. They did and did show up that time. They did
give me a 10% off for all that.
Later got some flooring put in by them. The flooring had to be inthe
house for a couple of days before installing. That time all went well,
the flooring showed up on time and the installers showed up on time a
few days later.
We had a series of problems with Lowe's on appliance delivery too a few
years back during a major home remodel. Both their delivery
subcontractor and the local store were culprits.
The local store manager not only didn't fix the problems but wouldn't
even apologize for their cock-ups. I lost confidence in the company,
decided they weren't folks I wanted to do business with, and cancelled
our order for six high end kitchen and laundry room appliances.
When I grew up, the air was polluted....and by God it made us tough.
In fact that's what we ended up doing after visiting two other big box
One of them used the same delivery company as Lowe's so that was a
At the other store, we initially were greeted by a newly hired totally
hot sales babe who unfortunately knew next to nothing about appliances.
Nice guy that I am, I was willing to work with her for a while and
educate her, but my wife asked the department manager for someone "with
a little more experience".
We were handed off to a slimy, know-it-all sales weasel and so we just
gave up and left.
You can’t get rich in politics unless you’re a crook.
- President Harry Truman
My sister got her flooring for free after Lowes screwed up the
delivery timing, which delayed the other work she was having done. She
called the manager and told him that for all the inconvenience and
additional expense he'd put her through, he was going to give it to
her for free. He did. Sis knows how to push.
I tend to collect stuff not because I'm a collector or hoarder but I
can't stand the bullshit involved with selling stuff.
The worst move is to sell it to someone you know. I sold a bike to a guy
at work to get it out of the yard. The terms were $50 now and the rest
whenever, with me expecting whenever to never come but I didn't care.
Then I got to listen to the litany of defects; it needs a new chain, it
will need a rear tire soon, and so forth.
Guess it takes an aptitude that a lot of us do not possess. Having to
retire early over 23 years ago I tried real estate sales for a year. I
was lousy at it. I thought if I understood the business, I could be a
good salesman. I could not put up with the people. Even nice people
could screw you over. Salesman could put up with it, I couldn't. I met
a lot of successful salesman that were dumber than dirt but had the
aptitude for sales and were good at it.
Back in the '60s I applied for a job for what I thought was an
instructor's position. It turned out to be sort of a proto-ITT
university scam and the real job was selling courses to the suckers. I
went out a couple of evenings with their top sales guy. His con was
something to watch. I'd swear the people didn't have a pot to piss in
but he could extract cash out of the cookie jar. I didn't have the
stomach for it.
I'm not implying that sort of high pressure scam is typical of the sales
profession but that was my exposure. On the other end, I've never
enjoyed haggling. Tell me your price and either I'll pay it or I won't.
I guess I just don't have the camel trader genes.
Most of my old stuff I trash. One of my sisters had an absolute fit,
pulling stuff out of my trash and exclaiming I could sell it. Sure, I
could - for a little bit of money, meaning it wasn't worth my time.
And the thrift/donation stores get rid of up to 90% of the stuff
donated to them, mainly because they simply haven't got enough room
for all of it. So I figure I'm saving them the trouble and expense of
trashing my marginal-value stuff.
If I think they can sell it, and for enough to make it worth their
trouble, I'll donate it, or give it away to anyone who wants it.
I got talked into putting some stuff into my sister's garage sale this
past weekend. She then shanghaied me into helping her set it up, work
it, and clean up afterwards. I probably made two bucks an hour after
all that time. It was a complete waste of a beautiful weekend. Never
I've gone through this a lot on Craigslist, both as a seller and as a
buyer. I can't really explain it, but I think it has to do with the
fact that there's really no commitment on either side compared to eBay.
On eBay the seller has to pay a fee, which makes them more serious
about the sale. The buyer is committed to pay when they click the Bid
or Buy It Now button, so they have to treat the transaction seriously.
On Craigslist, people can contact you on a whim and it has little
meaning to them. It's all just idle tire-kicking to them.
Been there too. When I moved from NH if it didn't fit into my pickup it
was history. Some of the stuff was okay. A school teacher was trying to
put together a computer course and was happy to get all my computer
stuff. I ran into a guy that I'd briefly worked with a few years before
and asked him if he wanted a microwave. Instant suspicion. Why? What's
wrong with it? And so forth and so on. After that I just put the
household stuff on the sidewalk for whoever wanted it or the trash
collector, whoever got there first.
I had a rowing dinghy, same story. Finally I left it on the shore above
the tie line with the oars in it. I hope someone got use out of it.
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