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Old 05-21-2015, 05:15 PM   #29
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Many forums that have classified adds require that you have a certain number of posts and time as a member. This helps prevent fraud and other abuses. The classifieds should be for bona fide members. Otherwise, what is to separate it from Craigslist?

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Old 05-21-2015, 07:07 PM   #30
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I agree something should change but not sure a minimum amount of posts or phone numbers should be mandatory. All inquiries should be answered even if you say you are engaged in a potential sales conversation with a buyer. We responded to several forum adds and never got any responses. We eventually bought one off local Craigslist, very cautiously, and one through forums in which the seller advised through email he was out of country. He advised he would be back in country in a few days and promptly emailed us. After a couple e mails we traded phone numbers and had a couple conversations. We both expressed our hesitation (stranger alert) but brokered a deal. We made arrangements for the next weekend and called that morning as we left home. We brought half earnest money and half cashiers check.

At least a sold slash through the for sale add would work.

Maybe the sellers posting the add need to have one confirmed moderator contact by email before the for sale add can post.
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Old 05-22-2015, 07:05 PM   #31
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I've emailed one person about one coach and got a response several days later. Since I specifically stated that I was NOT a buyer I wasn't sure if I would get an answer or not. The person selling the coach was very polite and had I been a buyer I'm sure that I would have pursued the deal.

We bought our Foretravel from an ad on foreforums.com. I sent the seller a PM with my phone number and a good time to call. I got a call at the requested time, we made an appointment to see the coach (it was 300 miles away), liked it, and eventually made a deal. We brought a cashier's check to the seller and all went well.

At some point we'll be looking for another coach, and a "middle-age" Airstream is the front runner at this point. Since few late-90's coaches are traded in at dealerships we'll be checking airforms.com for that coach. I hope that the sellers at that time will respond to our requests.
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Old 05-22-2015, 08:42 PM   #32
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Many forums that have classified adds require that you have a certain number of posts and time as a member. This helps prevent fraud and other abuses. The classifieds should be for bona fide members. Otherwise, what is to separate it from Craigslist?

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And just how, Perry, do you think that having X number of posts and time as a member qualifies someone to be a good seller? And frankly, most units that are advertised here ARE, in fact, advertised on Craigslist and other places as well. Over the years there have been a number of fraudsters who've tried to sell stuff here too. Now I'll grant you that an established member is less likely to be a problem seller, but membership here is no guarantee of honesty or reliability.

I just bought a moho, and I have two trailers and pickup for sale right now. I have bought and sold a number of Airstreams as well as fiberglass trailers over the years. Each sale has been different, and each circumstance has been unique. I've endured scam emails, and answered innumerable calls and emails from tire kickers. That's just part of what you need to do to get something sold. When I've bought, it's not unusual if you only get a reply from one out of six or seven sellers... for a variety of reasons. And there have been a number of units I might have been interested in that I walked away from after the initial contact because I wasn't comfortable with something about the seller or the way the unit was represented.

The location of where of the ads are published is really irrelevant... Caveat Emptor still applies and you have to use a LARGE dose of common sense when buying or selling an RV from here, Craigslist, or a reputable dealer's lot. That's just the way of the world today. Stay focused, use common sense about buying (or selling) and your transactions will go well.
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Old 05-22-2015, 09:19 PM   #33
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People are getting murdered and robbed responding to Craigslist ads. I do not think that has ever happened thru an Airforums ad.
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Old 05-23-2015, 06:20 AM   #34
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So true,, One reason i guess is no one is sell units on this site as they are not responding for the most part. So they go to craigslist and get tons of scam emails and just forget it or roll it to the local RV dealer to sell on consignment.

I know on Timeshare Users Group Site(TUG2.net) paid members get credits to post for sale and rental ads on the site.

Maybe there needs to be fee to non-members or for registered members with a number of post, something that has to be done over a period of months not days, be allowed to post for free.

That removes most of the scam ads (scammers are not going to pay to post) and rewards those that are true AirForums users sharing in the experience. You can learn a lot about poeple when you read post from them over a period of time, again months not days.

I do look at the ads but for the most part prices are getting ridiculous at best.



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Old 05-23-2015, 08:33 AM   #35
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People are getting murdered and robbed responding to Craigslist ads. I do not think that has ever happened thru an Airforums ad.
Your analogy is a little like saying its unsafe to be a tourist anywhere because tourists have been kidnapped on the Afghan/Pakistan border.

That's a little extreme, and you're promoting a false sense of security based on facts not in evidence. The conclusion you've drawn isn't accurate especially when you look at the number of ads and users world-wide on Craigslist. Craigslist is everywhere with ads for everything. Most of the people who post their units for sale here also post them somewhere on Craigslist. While most folks who post here ARE good folks, they're also a slice of the larger society.

The premise of Caveat Emptor isn't suspended merely because the ad you respond to is posted here, nor is your need for situational awareness to ensure your own safety; both physical and fiscal.
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Old 05-23-2015, 08:53 AM   #36
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My gosh that is some far fetched assumptions and reading between the lines of my post. I respect your opinions and that ends our discussion.
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Old 05-23-2015, 09:38 AM   #37
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My gosh that is some far fetched assumptions and reading between the lines of my post. I respect your opinions and that ends our discussion.
Well, gosh, how open-minded of you.

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Old 05-23-2015, 09:43 AM   #38
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Like I said before, many people have no internet sense, so they post lousy ads, don't respond to inquiries, etc. I will add that, imho, most people have no sales skills. They hate to sell stuff, so they set themselves up for bad experiences when they try to sell stuff.

We Americans love to buy stuff. We're real good at that. But as a rule we're not very good at selling stuff.

I consider myself lucky to have gotten good, solid sales experience early in life. It helped me build a successful business, and it helped me sell that business when the time came. I understand the process. Nothing I see on AS classifieds surprises me one bit.
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Parts for sale?

Where is the parts for sale section of the classifieds? I can not find it to save my soul.
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