Post # 1
My fiancé and I bought a home in February. We were told all the appliances are working perfect, had our home inspection with no appliance issues, moved in in April. The washing machine has been in my garage since. I finally got around to putting it on Craigslist. I listed it for $200, lowered it to $175…got a couple calls, & this guy rented a Uhaul and chewed me down to $125. This guy came, inspected it, and loaded it up. I was honest with him and told him I have never used it, I told him how long it’s been sitting and that I don’t know how long before that the home was vacant, & the realtor said it works. I turned it on once and it started to fill with water & I shut it right off. This was yesterday at 11am. Now, at 7:15 tonight this lady calls me and she says that it’s not working “great.” She says that usually when you turn a washer on it works. We were walking into dinner & I didn’t get an exact problem. What do I do? The guy didn’t want to test it, and I don’t want any issues. Now I’m worried she like took parts from it or something. & she was implying that she’s not gonna rent another trailer to bring it back….so does she want me to give her the money back and keep the washer? Am I gonna go to jail? It couldn’t have broke going 3′ from the laundry room to the garage. How do I know they didn’t drop it down a flight of stairs or take parts out?!? My friend said a belt could’ve dried out in the garage, but since I told them that, and they didn’t take the opportunity to test it to not worry about it. But I am worried!!! it was in a Uhaul trailer…ugh…any one know??? Here’s the ad if that helps:
GE Washing machine for sale! We just bought a house and brought our washer & dryer with us! We’ve never used it! You must pick up! $175 obo! Text #########! Thanks!
POST WILL BE REMOVED WHEN WASHER IS SOLD!!!
Post # 4
I think it is a case of buyer beware – they bought it – didn’t test it first and talked you down. Once it left your property, the deal is done.
Post # 5
I mean, don’t quote me on this, but I’m pretty sure it’s their problem now and you shouldn’t have anything to worry about. The guy had his chance to make sure everything worked, and if he chose not to do that, and found that it didn’t work correctly, then that’s his problem! There’s no warranty or anything on craigslist purchases lol I don’t think there is any legal action they can take against you if they want to take it that far anyway – I’m pretty sure craigslist is a “buyer beware” site. It sucks that it didn’t work out for them, but in your defense, you were honest with him that you didn’t use it so you didn’t know what kinda shape it was in. Just be careful when dealing with people on craigslist… I tried to sell a designer bag on there a few years ago, and got scammed when the person sent me a bad check, and ended up owing my bank a lot of money… (long story, but the point is, use your head and if something seems to good to be true, it probably is.. I learned that the hard way)
Good luck though! Hopefully they just cut their losses and move on and leave you out of it!!
Post # 6
As harsh as it sounds, I think the others are right that it is their problem now. I know you probably feel terrible about that – I know I would. But DANG! They only paid $125 for a washer… can’t really expect mint condition for that price…
You were honest to the best of your knowledge and that is that.
Post # 7
Thank you bees. That kinda makes me feel better. I was thinking about stopping by the police station & asking them so I could feel way better!
Post # 8
That is a good idea. Plus if anything comes up (like them showing up on your doorstep with the machine), someone at the police station will know about your situation.
I guess we should all make sure to write, “All sales final. Please inspect the item properly before purchase,” from now on. I’m trying to sell some old furniture, and I’ve never thought to add that to my listings.
Post # 9
I don’t really think they have an legal recourse – sounds like you were honest and it’s a buyers beware situation. However, I get freaked out by people on craigslist so I’d be concerned that they knew where I lived now. I’d kindly explain that you’re sorry that it’s not working properly but you were honest. If they get super pissed, I’d honestly just give them some/all of the money back and let them keep the washer. It’s not a ton of $ and it’s better then them trying to come after you in some capacity.
Post # 10
@ForeverAndEverAfter: if he didn’t test it then that’s on them tell them you’re sorry but they bought the machine as-is.
Post # 11
@MrsWBS: Fully agree.
@ForeverAndEverAfter: This definitely is a buyer beware situation, but they also knowbwhere you live and can potentially harrass you. Use your intuition and common sense to assess the situation and the kind of people they are.
Post # 12
It’s their fault for not testing it, and honestly, it was $125 for a washer… CraigsList is great, but you assume the risk when you buy something on there. Tell her you’re sorry she isn’t satisfied, but no returns.
Post # 13
@ForeverAndEverAfter: You won’t get in trouble and don’t have to do anything. You presented the item for sale, and it’s up to the buyer to check it out thoroughly before purchasing. It’s on them if they didn’t check it out enough before buying. You didn’t hide anything or mislead them. I would simply say “im sorry you are having issues with the washer but it did work just fine according to the realtor and filled up just fine when I tested it. Good luck”. Leave it at that.
Post # 14
Things sold on CL area always sold as-is, unless a warranty is specifically stated. They didn’t test it, it’s their problem now.
Post # 15
@ForeverAndEverAfter: I don’t think its your problem anymore. There is no bill of sale, they have no grounds to stand on as far as getting their money back. If they wanted a money back guarantee they should have made the purchase from a reputable store, rather than a stranger on the internet (no offense to you of course).
Post # 16
@ForeverAndEverAfter: don’t worry. you are not in the wrong.
let them know that the deal is done. don’t accept the washer back and don’t give the money back. if they don’t want it, they can sell it.