Craig’s List

by Heligirl on July 12, 2010

in Daily Ramblings

Why is it that every time I list something on Craig’s List it seems to be an open invitation for the hairy underbelly of society to rear their scary heads? Seriously, there are times it is beyond ridiculous.

You see, I wanted to have a garage sale. Hubby rolled his eyes and complained about how he hates garage sales and could we please just list stuff on Craig’s List. Well, Mr. I Hate Garage Sales, you brought this on us.

We listed a TV, DVD player, infant seat with two bases, and TV stand Saturday. I priced them similar to several other items of the same quality. Not a single call. Which I didn’t expect too much as it was a gorgeous Saturday here and summer has been very late coming. Then, at 6-freaking-20 in the morning on SUNDAY the phone rings. This wakes me from a complete sleep with a start as I’m thinking something is up either at work (I’m on call 24/7 for emergency response) or my family. No, thank you very much, it was none of the above. It was some lady wanting to know if the $20 DVD player was still available and to call her right away as she’d like to come buy it. At 6-freaking-20 on a Sunday morning.

Well, when you wake up with an adrenaline start, you’re up, and you’re shaking. I called her back and got her voicemail. But she called about a minute later. She didn’t know which person I was or which DVD player I had. I explained it and she said she’d be at my place in 40 minutes. Great, see you then.

The kids were waking at that point so I got them up, dressed and fed. I was hoping to get them out of the house to grocery shop, letting Hubby sleep in. But the morning ticked on and no buyer. Two and a half hours after she called and woke me I called her again asking where she was and if she was still coming over as I had errands to run. I had to leave her a voicemail. I never heard back. How hard is it to just call and say “nevermind?” The 6:20 a.m. wakeup call should have been my cue to her intelligence and ability to respect others.

Then, during lunch, I get a text from someone asking if the DVD player is still available, if it works and where I can be met to pick it up. I texted back yes, yes and my neighborhood name. The next text I get is asking when and were that neighborhood is. WTF? I live in one of the most well known neighborhoods in Seattle, what do you mean where is it? I texted that the person needed to call me. I’m not about to set up a pickup with someone through a text message. Plus, my ad stated to CALL me.

The idiot kid lived 30 miles north of me and wasn’t interested in driving down to get it. He wanted to know if I’d drive up to him. For a $20 DVD player on the last day of my vacation? Hell no.

Now Hubby is telling me how Craig’s List brings out the idiots. Granted, we found our nanny and good buyers for several other things on this service in the past, but there has also been a fair amount of idiots. I basically don’t hold anything for anyone anymore thanks to those that say “I’ll be right there” then never bother to show up. I also won’t run home to meet someone. They’ll come when I’m already home or no sale. I’ve wasted too many good days waiting around. Sadly, I’d have sold most of this stuff just putting it in the driveway and having a garage sale all day one Saturday. Which is exactly what I think I’ll be doing in the next couple of weeks.

I took it personally and wondered why the guy was so strict with me the first time I went to buy something from Craig’s List. I now know it was this wave of inconsiderate idiots that made that guy hard and distrusting, not me.


Gina July 12, 2010 at 12:18 pm

I posted 3 items yesterday – a couch, a treadmill and a chair. My inbox overfloweth with porn links!
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Heligirl July 12, 2010 at 1:58 pm

Oh man, I feel your pain!

Matt July 12, 2010 at 2:31 pm

CL is either magical or damned. I have found some amazing deals there, but every-time I try to sell something it turns into a huge hassle. Odd pushy people seem to lurk there waiting for the uninitiated to post so they can pounce. I don’t sale stuff there any more. Garage sales are so well attended in WS that there is no reason to.
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Heligirl July 12, 2010 at 5:46 pm

I hear you Matt. That’s why I’ve informed the Hubby that a garage sale is what we’ll be doing from now on. Though a nice guy got my DVD player today. He was based here in WS.

Momma Drama July 12, 2010 at 6:16 pm

Our craigslist was pretty good last year. I bought a lot of good stuff (most of my wedding things) and sold a lot last spring, summer and fall. This year, however, it is worse. I can’t ever find anything good and everything that I post either doesn’t get any buyers or I get, like you, no shows. I was going to have a garage sale too… then didn’t want to deal with it, so now I’m thinking about trying craigslist first… we’ll see!

Heligirl July 14, 2010 at 7:00 am

It’s really a vicious cycle, isn’t it. I finally sold two of the things, but no one is showing any interest in any of the others. I hate having to sit around waiting for calls.

Joy July 12, 2010 at 7:19 pm

I have heard a lot of negative things about selling things on Craigslist. I can;t believe that lady called you at 6:20 in the morning.

Heligirl July 14, 2010 at 7:00 am

There are a lot of weirdos out there cruising Craig’s List.

LCW July 13, 2010 at 5:23 am

I was able to rent my home, find our new home(rental) and a nanny position on CL in one week HOWEVER, it did not come without A LOT of spammers and dead ends along the way. Craigslist can be a great resource or a total waste of time. I believe garage sales are still the best way to sell stuff, especially if you do it at the right time of year and have decent stuff to sell. Next time thank Hubby for the advice and start making your garage sale signs. :o)
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Heligirl July 14, 2010 at 7:02 am

He, he. That’s the plan. It might be nice this weekend. If so, I’ll suck up and do the sale. I want my garage back! Right now it’s full of crap listed on Craig’s List. 🙂

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