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Selling things on Craigslist





medesignz
I have a few items on CraigsList that I am trying to flog and I seem to be getting replies from shady characters. My favourite is this...

Quote:
Hello,

i am Mr Davis, am a businessman base in USA. i was just browsing
through this site (craiglist) and i saw your item for sale,
i will like to know if this lovely item is still for sale, because
i will like to get it for my wife. i wish to hear from you soon
best regards.

Mr Davis,


I mean who introduces themselves as Mr anything? Not to be mis-judged and if he wants the printer he can, its fine... but have anyone had a similar story?
Hogwarts
Maybe he doesn't want to give his name away because of people like you who post about it on forums?
Xanify
Reads like something written by a person whose first language isn't English.
Afaceinthematrix
Many people (and this is a wise decision) try not to give out too much information online. With Craigslist, you can post your ad in a section that is dedicated to your community. So any potential buyers will be close by. That's what makes Craigslist superior to other sites such as ebay. So if this guy does live close, meet him in a PUBLIC place (for safety... other people will be around), and do your selling there. I'm currently trying to buy a new used bass and so I'm using Craigslist to find listings in my city. That way I can go by quickly and briefly play the bass to make sure that it plays correctly before I open up my wallet.

So this guy doesn't seem too bad. As long as you play your cards right it is almost impossible to get cheated.
medesignz
Hogwarts wrote:
Maybe he doesn't want to give his name away because of people like you who post about it on forums?


BORING!
Ankhanu
At worst, this is an email fisher; Craigslist doesn't provide your email address, but responding to responses could provide your email address to spammers... big deal, chances are you get plenty already. Dude's formality and phrasing is pretty similar to various Nigerian princes'... but there are real people like that too.
andysart380
nobody talks about a printer as " this lovely item" these are the guys that arrange a fake sale...avoid these ones
ocalhoun
Ask him for his address so you can deliver it for free. ^.^ 90% chance he'll refuse.
(After payment through paypal, of course.)
Ghost900
Ankhanu wrote:
At worst, this is an email fisher; Craigslist doesn't provide your email address, but responding to responses could provide your email address to spammers... big deal, chances are you get plenty already. Dude's formality and phrasing is pretty similar to various Nigerian princes'... but there are real people like that too.


I would go with this as a likely option. Since you meet the person and don't ship items on Cragslist it is less likely to be a scammer.
deanhills
Ghost900 wrote:
Ankhanu wrote:
At worst, this is an email fisher; Craigslist doesn't provide your email address, but responding to responses could provide your email address to spammers... big deal, chances are you get plenty already. Dude's formality and phrasing is pretty similar to various Nigerian princes'... but there are real people like that too.


I would go with this as a likely option. Since you meet the person and don't ship items on Cragslist it is less likely to be a scammer.
Agreed. May even be an automated "fisher". Quite a number of people advertising on Craig's List may have received the same correspondence from Mr. Davis, with the same Nigerian accent ....
medesignz
Still havent made that all important sale. It seems that dear Mr Davis has lost interest, and that his wife will go printer free.... HAHAHA
ahnguye5
Man, where do I start. I've sold a car and a set of wheels and tires on craigslist so it is a very effective way of advertising, plus it's free. Those were my first two sales ever on the website and I do plan to use it again considering I sold the car in one day! I did learn alot from the experience though. And basically, there are going to be a ton of scammers that are going to try to get your money. That, you cannot avoid. All of their schemes/excuses are pretty much the same:

- Their either overseas on a business trip or not at home
- Even though I specifically said that I planned to deal locally, they would insist on sending a delivery agent. Who pays someone else to go pick up their stuff?
- Their going to want you to wire the money to them of course, whatever that means. And craigslist even warns users not to wire money so that's a no brainer.
- They try to be very assertive or maybe scare you into sending them the money. Case in point, the first person I dealt with when I tried sell my tires. I didn't know any better and I really wanted to sell them, so I pursued the sale. This guy was telling me to send money here and there, to his agent, to western union, all kinds of nonsense. The funniest thing was that some guy actually called me posing as a paypal representative and told me I MUST send X amount of money to wherever by a certain time.

Anyways, I've never been bombarded with so many scammers whenever I sold stuff on ebay. Maybe it's because they were small things. Maybe it's because the main method of payment is paypal. Craigslist is free though, so what do you expect? Just gotta watch out for those scammers.

This is a good read: http://www.pcworld.com/article/188584/keep_clear_of_craigslist_scams.html
natilovesmike
That is funny! he talks about the printer as if it was a valuable piece of jewlery...not to offend your printer, I'm sure its a good one...
medesignz
natilovesmike wrote:
That is funny! he talks about the printer as if it was a valuable piece of jewlery...not to offend your printer, I'm sure its a good one...


HAHA... how dare you... Wink
TurtleShell
I've sold and given away things through craigslist before. it's shady, and yet, I've never had a bad experience working with craigslist. I've found a lot of my jobs, apartments and other important things that way. I know there are a lot of creeps out there, but either I'm good at weeding them out, or they're not interested in me.
medesignz
not sold anything yet, but still getting requests to send things to Nigeria... whats the estimated postage cost for a HP Monitor to Nigeria?
Triple_7
I've managed to sell a few small items and also 2 vehicles on Craigslist within a couple days of posting an ad. But its really went downhill since then. Last posting I made for misc things I was flooded with nothing but spam and finally pulled the ad after 2 days.

Tried posting up my truck but gave up on it too after the 3rd try, spam emails, legit people that never showed up, people who did show up but didn't want it because of one little thing...after I already made it very clear in the ad and talking on the phone about that particular detail...and the list goes on.

My favorite ones are the "I tried to get an insurance quote for your vehicle but it seems really low, would you mind running one for me and seeing if its correct?" then posting a link to some scam site I never bother to click on...craigslist used to be a good place but lately its nothing but scams and idiots 90% of the time. I made the mistake twice offering to deliver something, but both times they decided they didn't want it, or tried to talk me down from $30 to $1...idiots Mad Now I make it extremely clear in any ad if you want it YOU come and get it...but yet I still get people asking if I could deliver to them...if its local its not a big deal...but NO I will not take a 50 mile drive one way to drop off a $10 item Rolling Eyes

Also never make the mistake if selling a vehicle of putting your phone number in the ad and just saying "make offer"....it will result in about 100 calls in one day with 99 of those calls offers of $100-$500 for a truck that blue books for over $6500 Embarassed That one other call might offer you $2000 d'oh!
medesignz
other than craigslist... is there another few sites that offer free classifieds?
missdixy
Xanify wrote:
Reads like something written by a person whose first language isn't English.


This. Haha. In fact if I read this I would assume it was a scan and probably never reply haha Confused
goutha
Funny generic message!

Never answer those emails. He will tell you that he's going to send you money by mail, bank transfer, etc. All he wants is your name and few other informations to commit some crime...
medesignz
as long as i dont share my DOB i'm good HAHA
ocalhoun
goutha wrote:

Never answer those emails. He will tell you that he's going to send you money by mail, bank transfer, etc. All he wants is your name and few other informations to commit some crime...


Oh, I always reply to those emails... I try to turn it back at them...

"Of course I'll wire you that $2,000 you need! I just need your bank account information..."
taytay
Best thing to do is schedule to meet him in person if he wants it. NEVER can you trust someone on craigslist if they ask you to ship it and they'll pay you later. Same thing with buying, Never send people the money before you have the item in your possession. Craigslist is SUPPOSED to be local listings anyways. So you can sell things in your community and meet people face to face to complete the transaction. I've been to a few houses to buy computer parts, I bring my stuff, test out the item, Then hand over my cash shake hands and go on my merry way. I always bring a friend or two with me as well. It's good to have a witness of private transactions such as ones through craigslist.
medesignz
i still have no luck with the item... maybe i should reduce the cost??? NAH
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