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Old 05-31-2010, 10:52 PM   #21
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Al, I've had some similar experiences on Craigslist. Unfortunately I don't think what you are describing is limited to Craigslisters - the world is full of kooks who don't behave in rational ways.
I'm pretty sure that from a "rest of the world" point of view, this would describe most of us on this forum quite nicely.
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Old 06-01-2010, 01:51 PM   #22
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I have similar issues. I actually change the email subject line when I respond to an ad. If not, it gets picked up as junk mail in the SPAM filter. Sometimes I get the response a few days later, and sometimes I never hear anything.
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Old 06-01-2010, 02:30 PM   #23
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I've run into some flakes on FreeCycle, too. I've given a lot of stuff away, and I've had lots of good experiences, but a few frustrating ones too.

I always put in my ad "no phone calls please". Then I get a response from someone saying "Call me at xxx-xxx-xxxx". Yeah, right. Or a response from someone asking me for my phone number. Um, no.

But the worst are the no-shows. It happens so often that I think anyone who gives stuff away on a regular basis learns to take a couple more people as backups. I always say something like "if you find you can't get here to pickup, please send me an email so I can let the next person in line have a chance at it". If they've gone through the trouble to ask for the item, then make arrangements to pickup at a certain day and time, you would think that it wouldn't put them out too much to let me know that they can't get here to pick up the whatever-thing-I'm-giving-away-FREE.

Sorry if that sounded like a rant. I mostly find it confusing and frustrating, I don't really get angry about it.
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Old 06-01-2010, 02:49 PM   #24
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And then there are the downright dangerous people responding to a CL ad -

Craigslist Diamond Ring Ad Leads to Father's Murder in Home Invasion, Say Wash. State Cops - Crimesider - CBS News

This guy lost his life!!
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Old 06-01-2010, 04:42 PM   #25
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In April I sold my '97 Lexus on Craigslist. Dealing with the flakes was annoying (no shows, low ball offers, etc.) but I got about $2000 more for the car than CarMax was offering so it was worth the trouble. I also recently sold an old TIVO, a cable modem and wireless router, and six old dining room chairs on Craigslist. Everything sold in just a couple of days with no problems. I have also bought two laptops from Craiglist ads with no problems. Given that its free, I have no complaints.
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Old 06-01-2010, 05:10 PM   #26
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No-shows were among of our major complaints about trying to find tenants via Craigslist. We lost track of the number of times we trekked over to the place, waited 30-45 minutes and left, without so much as a "We can't make it" call from the people who'd called to request a showing. And their cell phones were always turned off.

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Old 06-01-2010, 05:32 PM   #27
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Yeah, I stopped scheduling individual showings years ago. Now EVERYONE gets the same time. And all see who else wants the place. Helps alot.
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Old 06-01-2010, 05:59 PM   #28
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What ticks me off are the robo answers. Posted this ad yesterday:
"Looking for a good solid six cylinder BMW station wagon to replace my older BMW touring. Looking for a 1999 to 2002 525 or 528 touring from a private party, hopefully a long time owner. Sound car only, not looking to buy your problems. Non-smoker's car. I'm a private party cash buyer, not looking to trade you anything, not shopping depending on my ability to get a loan. Just a simple straight-up cash purchase of a good quality car. Will pay Edmunds private party True Market Value for your car - look the value up yourself online. If you have the car I want, in the condition you say, we both get a quick, no-dicker sale. I get the car I want without playing games, you get a fast easy sale, fair price is set by a disinterested party. We both win. Sound reasonable?
"web site called Edmunds - dang right I'm serious but ok" ** car shoppers - good ammo, er, info: TMV new car prices, used car pricing, used car values at Edmunds **

Got a short inarticulate answer this morning, which I responded to, because I'm shopping for a car, not a penpal, and got this robo-ad:
"You dont have to sell this!

I used to sell stuff on CL just like you are doing to pay my bills. I ended up realizing a lot of people get ripped off, its over-all NOT SAFE anymore to meet people from Craigslist. A friend of mine told me about an amazing website and said I should check it out so I did. I made about $4000 last month. Im making more than I was at my regular job. If you want to try it visit http://www.blahblahblah [MOD EDITED]

If you need help getting started please let me know".

I posted some books on CL this very morning and received the same email back as above. I wonder why CL can't stop this spammer?
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Old 06-01-2010, 06:32 PM   #29
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I did an estate sale on CL in a city 2000 miles from home. I booked everyone at fifteen minute intervals, then just overlayed the other callers. Had a list to say "Oh you are early!, etc". I could not retun all the calls/emails but I relied on the people being determined enough to show up anyway. Got rid of some amazing stuff for bargain prices (but more than I had thought).
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Old 06-02-2010, 07:57 AM   #30
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I posted some books on CL this very morning and received the same email back as above. I wonder why CL can't stop this spammer?
Got my second spam letter this a.m. Both of mine started with "You don't have to sell this so cheap?" Otherwise, the same stuff. Seems like someone sits there and types the first line as there's typos in it, and then the rest is robo-d. No way to stop it?
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Old 06-02-2010, 08:12 AM   #31
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About a month ago saw a CL ad for 93 Jaguar. A few towns over. Sent a query as to when can I see it. No response.

A few days ago someone posted re: same Jag - telling lister that if he wants to sell it it might be useful to reply to folks. Or put in a phone #. Now I have lost interest even if I got a reply.

Next listing ......
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Old 06-02-2010, 08:13 AM   #32
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Got my second spam letter this a.m. Both of mine started with "You don't have to sell this so cheap?" Otherwise, the same stuff. Seems like someone sits there and types the first line as there's typos in it, and then the rest is robo-d. No way to stop it?
Try blocking the senders email address. It will stop at least that one.
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Old 06-02-2010, 01:10 PM   #33
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Try blocking the senders email address. It will stop at least that one.
Perfect idea except they are using a totally different email address each time with these really obscure mailbox addresses I never heard of before (like johndoe@maximus890.com). Slick tricks.
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Old 06-02-2010, 03:05 PM   #34
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Hmm - did I just become a flaky CLer? I sent an e-mail asking for the serial number for the dryer listed. Got a weird response that it was on the original posting. I am not responding further...
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When I Craigslisted a lot of stuff when I sold my home I had the best luck by blocking email responses and posting my phone number. On the phone if someone asked for a serial number or a measurement or whatever I could usually do what they asked while they were on the phone. I found that the email inquiries were pesky with many evidencing that they did not read the ad fully. Plus, the spam was a pain.
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