My Love-Hate Relationship with Craigslist

Craigslist is brilliant. You can get anything on Craigslist. They have sections for musical instruments, photography gear, even prostitutes. It’s a one-stop shop. The people who use Craigslist, however, are an assortment of riffraff and scumbags.

I love that it gives me the ability to get cash for things I don’t want anymore without dealing with the fees and shipping costs of Ebay. What I don’t like is dealing with people face-to-face.

When I make a sale on Craigslist, I either meet the person in a public place, of if they come to my house I make sure I’m armed. There are some real wackos out there.

But there’s one thing about Craigslist that angers me more than anyone. People negotiate like tools.

Generally with Craigslist, you start communicating via email, then by phone, then you set up a time and meet in person. My ads always include the details, pictures, and the price.

People NEVER ask to haggle over price during the email stage. They never try to haggle over the phone. Once they WASTE your effing time by getting you to meet them in person, however, they suddenly want to try and get you to lower your price.

“Oh, you wanted $400? I only brought $300.” “What’s your best price for this thing?” “I’ll take it if you’ll knock of 25%.” YOU JERK. You could have said this before you wasted my time. I would have told you to kiss my grits! My best price is the price I friggin listed on the ad! If you want 25% off, you can take a hike. This isn’t a street bazaar in Tijuana! This is an ad with a listed price. If you don’t like the price, get bent!

Even better are the people who email you ASKING what the price is (which is listed in the ad). Did you not read the ad? If you didn’t read the ad, how do you even know you want the item? Idiot.

And then there are the Nigerians. I swear, if we just CUT all of the phone lines between here and Nigeria, America would be a nice place to live. I get at least 4 stinking Nigerians trying to scam me on EVERY ad I post on Craigslist. No, I won’t ship it to your “son” who is a missionary in Africa. No, I won’t take a cashier’s check. Some of the scams are pretty good, but most of them are completely ridiculous. Take this one I just received, for example:

FROM: john smith
RE: Samick Bass

Dear sir, your item I am very much interested. I am currently out of town, but item is for my nephew who is on important business in Nigeria. I will gladly pay you your full price plus $400 for shipping to send item to my nephew. Please to send me your full name, address, an phone number so I may send check.

Yeah. If there’s any American that still falls for this crap, they deserve whatever befalls them. I just hope that one of the jerks who tried to haggle after a week of communication is one of them.

  3 comments for “My Love-Hate Relationship with Craigslist

  1. BJD
    April 5, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    I agree. I have a TV I think we’ll unload some other way. No more wackos!

  2. April 6, 2009 at 9:11 am

    Put “NO HAGGLING, PRICE IS FINAL!” in your ad. Remind them with each and every email/phone call that the price is final. If they still try to haggle just shoot them.

    I kid. Or do I?

  3. HRT
    April 8, 2009 at 8:43 am

    Do you still have that Canon Rebel for sale? i’ve got $17 is that close enough? (course I’m only going to bring $10 when we meet at the local Applebee’s to seal the deal)

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