(Closed) Why are Craigslist people so weird??

posted 6 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
2247 posts
Buzzing bee

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
13015 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Yes!  They are awful! I am so frustrated with people!

Post # 5
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

This has made me not want to use Craigslist to get rid of some stuff from my house!

Post # 6
2759 posts
Sugar bee

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
5977 posts
Bee Keeper

@Pinksapphire:  Exactly!

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
591 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012 - St. Philip Catholic Church/Arcadia Brewing Co.

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 # 10
2854 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

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
1133 posts
Bumble bee

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
2247 posts
Buzzing bee

@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 # 14
887 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

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 # 16
3375 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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!

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