Spotted an ad on Craigslist for a power saw that I might be interested in
but ad doesn't give any details. It's clearly a DeWalt sliding compound miter
saw, but what
So I emailed the seller for more information, and this exchange ensued.
Me: What is the model number on this saw? Also, are you on West 71st or East
Him: West 71st and DW703 it's a double insulated miter saw type 3 5000 rpm
[Note: photo is not of a DW703 -- I know. I own a DW703. The saw in the photo is
sliding compound miter saw, but the DW703 is fixed.]
Me: Could I come look at that sometime Wednesday afternoon or evening?
Him: Yea Wednesday around 11 I cold [sic] meet you somewhere
[What part of "afternoon or evening" did he find confusing?]
Me: I won't be available until some time in the afternoon, probably after 1pm.
Does any time
after that work for you?
Him: How about around 3?
Me: That would be great. Where do I meet you to look at the saw?
Him: Where could you? Do you have a phone number I can txt?
[Beginning to smell a rat here. Maybe he won't give his address because he's
being robbed -- but why does he want my phone number?]
Me: Just email, sorry. Pretty much anywhere on the NW side would work for me, I
You said you're on West 71st St, right? Anywhere near Georgetown Road?
Him: Yea, do you wanna meet me by the Kroger on 71st and Georgetown tomorrow
[Odor of rat is becoming more pronounced]
Me: Well, I think I want to look at it some place where I can plug it in and
verify that it works
Him: Well I can guarantee it does.
[Rat stench nearly overpowering now]
Me: That's fine -- but I still want to plug it in and see for myself.
[many hours have passed with no response]
So what do you figure is the scam here? Since he proposed meeting in a public
probably not anything so crude as a strong-arm robbery -- but he obviously
me plugging the saw into an outlet. And why does the model number so obviously
match the photograph? I'm thinking he shows up with a DeWalt box, taped shut,
want me to open it... and when I do, I'll find a couple of cinder blocks.