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Old 06-19-2009, 11:32 PM   #21
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Okay, I know i'm a little "slow" but I didn't even realize what the problem was until post #18. I see no ethical issue. You offered a computer and monitor for $65 and they accepted. No need for any refund. However, I agree with another poster in that you probably should've worded it: Computer w/monitor for sale $65.
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Old 06-20-2009, 08:58 AM   #22
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Now there's an oxymoron..........

The computer is only "free" if it can be had for zero renumeration with no strings attached to other items. There is a "free" section on Craigslist where things are actually given away and expressions such as TAl's ending phrase "Give me a call at xxx-xxxx and come pick it up!" mean exactly what they say.
Point taken, I guess I am just more skeptical than some when I see "free" things in the same sentence that mentions money.
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but a quick glance could give someone the wrong impression ($65 monitor, free computer).
Agreed. I had a good monitor, and an essentially worthless computer, so at the time it seemed like a good way to phrase it.
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Old 06-20-2009, 11:05 AM   #24
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Now there's an oxymoron..........

The computer is only "free" if it can be had for zero renumeration with no strings attached to other items.
I disagree. Ever heard the phrase "Buy one, get one free"? The meaning is clear, but there are certainly strings attached to the deal. Unless Al placed his ad in the "free" section of CL, I don't see the problem.
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I disagree. Ever heard the phrase "Buy one, get one free"? The meaning is clear, but there are certainly strings attached to the deal. Unless Al placed his ad in the "free" section of CL, I don't see the problem.
The problem is that it created confusion. While we have learned to live with gimmicky, cute statements like "buy one, get one free" in the commercial marketing world, I personally stay away from them in my dealings through Craigslist and other want ad media.

That's just me. I'm a "say-do" type of person and generally try to leave the BS out of personal transactions. Win-win for both parties is my creed. If you like ads that boast a "free house, but couch in living room that comes with it is $150k," that's fine.

I wouldn't suspect for an instant that Al was trying to mislead buyers. Obviously he wasn't since once he understood that the buyer misunderstood the wording in his advertisement, he was willing to remediate the situation. But he could have avoided the whole misunderstanding by simply advertising the monitor for $65 and placing the computer in the free section. Old computers are frequently given away on Craig's list in my area.
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The ad may not have been worded in the clearest manner possible but there is nothing wrong with it.

When I put myself in the position of the "acquirer", here is what I think:
I want/need a free computer.
I see ""17" Sylvania LCD Monitor + Free Computer! -- $65 " on CraigsList. Hummm
CraigsList has a free section (or so I was told by another poster). Why is the computer not listed in the free section?
This is not posted in the free section. It's pretty clear the seller expects $65 out of this transaction. If I am expecting to get only the computer for free I need to confirm that is what the seller is offering.

The fact that a third party (the friend who picked it up) was involved complicates it a bit.
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Sheesh, lighten up guys. Al was just trying to be light hearted when he wrote the ad. It is not like he is cheating little old ladies out of their life savings.

If they didn't want to pay for the monitor all they had to do was leave once they understood the terms of the sale.
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I think Al is honing his ad campaign for a new career selling Variable Annuities to the over 85 crowd....
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Not to mention somone may have been interested in the monitor at even more than $65 but took a pass when they saw they had to take the free computer off the seller's hands too.
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