Post # 1
Is there some rule that you have to be a total weirdo to use Craigslist? Ugh!
I’m trying to sell my dresser on Craigslist and have gotten the strangest responses. The first one was a scam, but I”m still trying to figure out what the scam was. The guy asked me for my paypal email address so he could pay for it right away, but said he was traveling and couldn’t come see it first. I don’t know how he was planning on scamming me but I stopped responding to him because the situation was so strange.
I had another guy email me saying “I’m assuming delivery is included?” Um, hello – this is Furniture by Owner. The whole point of Craigslist is you get a big discount because it’s used and you have to go pick it up. I explained that it wasn’t, which is why the price is so low and of course he never responded.
And if one more person emails me just saying “Is it still available?” I’m going to scream. I finally updated my post today to include “If you see this listing the dresser is still available so please do not email me asking if it is available”. Because I write back saying it is, then never hear back. What are they doing – taking inventory or something? It’s so annoying!
Sorry for the vent but thanks for listening! Anyone else frustrated by Craigslist people?
Post # 3
The people that only write, “Is it still available” without referencing what exactly they’re referring to (in this case, the dresser), are scams.
I HATE Craigslist. They need to figure out a way to reduce scams on there.
Post # 4
Yes! They are awful! I am so frustrated with people!
Post # 5
This has made me not want to use Craigslist to get rid of some stuff from my house!
Post # 6
Craigslist can be so frustrating, I agree! I’ve never tried to sell anything because I just can’t stand the idea of letting random people call/email me. Ick.
I have bought a few pieces of furniture, and overall my experience has been good. I live in a college town, so I normally try to scope out students getting rid of furniture or people selling stuff from the “nicer” areas.
Post # 7
We had our old washer and dryer on Craigslist as well as our old oven, and we got all of the “is it still available” questions. Those are almost always scams. So are the ones that say, “take the listing down. I will buy it without seeing it…just send me your payment information.” If someone isn’t willing to come see your item, they’re a scam.
That’s the downfall of Craigslist…just keep at it…you’ll evenually get a real live person who wants to buy your item…you just have to be patient!
Post # 8
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I agree, I have gotten great deals (both buying and selling) but I have also sifted through a BUNCH of junk mail. Good luck selling!
Post # 9
@Pinksapphire: Actually all of the people asking if it’s still available do reference the dresser so I”m not sure if it’s still a scam. But what kind of scam are they pulling – do they just want my email address or something?
@MrsSaltWaterTaffy: I actually had a lot of luck selling my old couches and love seat on Craigslist the last time I moved so I definitely recommend it even though I’m complaining lol! I just forgot how annoying it is to sift through the junk.
@MissCalifornia: I’m actually also trying to buy furniture (we need nightstands badly!) and I’m shocked at how overpriced things are. Some people are blatently lying about where furniture is from and asking for more than the retail price. It’s ridiculous!
@2PeasinaPod: I know, I keep telling myself that lol! Luckily we aren’t in a huge rush to get rid of it since it fits, but once we have someone stay overnight it’s going to be an issue.
@aardvark: Thanks! Ugh..
Post # 10
Whoops, I ask “is X available” because I assume people don’t update their ads. Time to stop doing that.
I have had a few awesome finds on CL. But mostly…. yeah, no.
The Best Ofs are always good for a laugh, though.
Post # 11
Craigslist totally FREAKS me out!!! Serioiusly. I have found really great deals from sellers on there but ummm I’m terrified of having strangers/weirdos contact me so I make my SO do it. I found an Insanity Beach Body set for like $40 that was regularly $120 and I had to have it. My SO went and met the guy at a mall in the parking lot to get it…so weird.
Post # 12
@moderndaisy: Well, the scams vary, widely. A lot of the time it’s people trying to sell products, scam you into doing bank transactions, or trying to get your e-mail for marketing purposes. Once you respond to their e-mail inquiry, they can see your e-mail address and then they can reply with their scam/marketing stuff. It’s really annoying. But, usually easy to spot. If the person asks you if your item is still available (and that’s all they say), Google the e-mail address. Sometimes, if it is a scammer, it will come up in Google searches (because they’ve probably tried to scam others). If nothing comes up, then respond back that your item is still up for sale. If they respond to that e-mail with some crazy story that involves anything other than meeting you in person and giving you cash, just stop replying.
@atalante: It’s okay to ask if stuff is still available, because a lot of sellers are slack and forget to take ads down. But, instead of writing, “Is the dresser still available?” You might say, “Hi, I am interested in buying the dresser you posted on CL. I was wondering if it was still available?”
Post # 13
@atalante: It’s okay to ask if it’s still available, but I get so frustrated when people ask me that then don’t respond back when I say it is. I actually updated my ad yesterday and it’s been workign so far, I’ve gotten two inquiries and neither of them asked if it was still available!
@Pinksapphire: Yes the first guy who responded to the ad had some long, complicated story about why he wanted to pay me for it right away via paypal but wouldnt’ talk about when he would eventually pick it up. He didn’t even want more info about it, he was so adament about setting up the transaction. It was all in broken english too which added to the strangeness, not that people who speak English as a second language are untrustworthy, but clearly I don’t think he was even in the country.
@MissTX: Yes well I would definitely never meet someone from Craigslist by myself unless it was in a public space. When I was selling my couches I had two people over to see it without Darling Husband there, but I live on the ground floor and I kept my door open the whole time. They turned out to be totally normal, but I would have been safe just in case.
Post # 14
If you’re going to sell a lot of things on craigslist, have a designated craigslist email– I sold a lot of things when we were moving and I’m still getting a TON of junk emails. I finally shut down my email and opened a new one! Definitely a lot of crafty weirdos out there on CL 🙁 It’s such a good theory too!
Post # 15
@CEtoSAHM: I regret not doing that. this is only my third listing ever and the previous two were almost a year ago so I’m hoping it’s not that bad. I haven’t gotten any junk email yet and I’ll be careful about who I respond to..
Post # 16
omg! This is too funny! I just sold a dresser on craigslist and every single person wanted it delivered. I was like, wtf! I had over 30 offers on it and they all either wanted it delivered or to meet me half way.
I have a car, but seriously how can I lift a dresser into my car by myself?? Darling Husband is never home.
I hate hate hate craigslist. And the people are SO cheap. I had my dresser listed for $35 and people would ask me if I would take less!