Over the course of the past year, I've taken a few curious peeks at Craigslist.com. A few days ago a neighbor mentioned it took just a few days to get a response to an ad he placed, so I thought what the hell, I've never done the Ebay thing (guess I'm old fashioned...well maybe NOT...I DO have an iPod), but I wanted to sell a tool I just relegated to the corner by purchasing a new and improved model. Besides which, that'll soften the blow when the credit card bill comes in.
On Thursday I went to Craigslist, read their help section, composed the ad, got stuck for a bit on adding a picture until I saw a link at the bottom of the page, and "published" my ad. Damn if I didn't get the first response in 20 minutes!! All together I got 8 emails and several phone numbers. The first guy that I contacted said he'd take it and Friday mid morning he came by to exchange some green for a tool. Nice guy. My trusty saw had found a good new home. I hope his wife wasn't expecting him home sooner; we chatted quite some time! I emailed everyone else that the item had been sold.
Ok, so that was pretty painless. Let's go for ad number two (Friday night). An hour or two after the ad appears, my inbox shows "new mail". Cool! The fellow included a phone number, but he didn't answer when I called. This morning I call again, and he answers on the first ring and says he'll be by this afternoon. He calls for directions mid afternoon and arrives shortly thereafter in his big contractor pickup. Hell of a nice guy too. Why can't my all my neighbors be this nice? Some are, but then we've got some screwballs that should be hospitalized. Anyway, turns out I may be able to use him for a home improvement project next year and he gave me the name of a reliable sharpening service, so the few dollars I made on the sale is overshadowed by the value of meeting him.
I need to go through the attic soon to see what else I can advertise on Craigslist. oh, yeah, I've been hoarding about 15 cans of R12 since 1988. I know that stuff is quite pricey nowadays and should fetch well over $150.