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Old 01-25-2012, 10:04 PM   #1
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I don't know how many of you have ever had the pleasure of selling something on Craigslist, but Ive sold a few things and even purchased a few things from the site.
But Im always amazed at the people who give you the run around.
Ive had several people that want this info and that info and what does it weight, how did you do this and how did you do that and can you send me this info or what about this.
Im truely a very friendly guy that will give you the shirt of my back, so naturally I spend hours doing this taking pics of this and that and give them everything they need only to be disappointed when they send me an offer in the end that was a total waste of time and effort.

Why do people do that?
I would never have the nerve to insult someone to the extent of offering them nearly nothing for something they have for sale.

Maybe do to the economy these people are just sales sharks hoping that I am in dire need of selling my AS and they think they can purchase it for nothing and then spin it around to make a quick buck?
I have no idea but its pretty depressing really!

I really try hard to ignore them once they have insulted me, but even though Ill give you the shirt off my back I will also give you whats on my mind too!!

I dunno sometimes I feel like Im the only one that gets this kinda treatment. Has anyone else had such hassles? Do you simply ignore them?

Sorry for the rant folks but I just needed to type off some steam.

On the other hand Ive had (very few) some really nice folks that actually know and understand the work that goes into bring back a Airstream to make it road worthy. Its always nice to deal with those kinda folks.

But I just cant get over the nerve of some folks, Id soon turn my Airstream into a deer camp or a chicken coop then give it away.

Whooo-Saaaa! Whooo-Saaa!

Ok I feel a little better now, until the next low baller comes along.
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Old 01-25-2012, 10:20 PM   #2
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I always find it's better to accept phone calls only. People seem much more prone to give you the run around and ask ridiculous questions via email. A phone call actually takes a bit of effort. I get much less hassle having them email me a call back number.
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Old 01-25-2012, 10:28 PM   #3
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Hi, sorry to say, but this is how some people are. One example is when I was in the tool business, [Mac Tools] I had a few people who would low ball me for a certain item, and telling me that they would buy maybe ten or one hundred of them at this price. [cash] Well their offer was about half of my cost; Such a deal. Might have been cheaper for me to just pay them to take these items.
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Old 01-25-2012, 10:29 PM   #4
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I always find it's better to accept phone calls only. People seem much more prone to give you the run around and ask ridiculous questions via email. A phone call actually takes a bit of effort. I get much less hassle having them email me a call back number.
That is a good idea and makes sense. People do find it much easier to ask ridiculous questions via email, but people that have emailed me phone numbers and requested that I call them seem to be a bit more serious.

Unfortunately for me, I work all over the world and out of country phone calls are extremely high, email is the best way for me to communicate from abroad.
Thanks for your input.
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Old 01-26-2012, 12:42 AM   #5
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Hi,

As someone who has bought and sold many, many items on eBay and craigslist, I understand your frustration. Being a successful seller requires one to be thick-skinned, patient, determined and friendly to all.... in short, a salesman.

I might suggest that you use the services of an rv consignment service. They will deal with all the lowballers and other interested parties and cut you a check when it's sold.
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Old 01-26-2012, 03:50 AM   #6
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Hi,

As someone who has bought and sold many, many items on eBay and craigslist, I understand your frustration. Being a successful seller requires one to be thick-skinned, patient, determined and friendly to all.... in short, a salesman.

I might suggest that you use the services of an rv consignment service. They will deal with all the lowballers and other interested parties and cut you a check when it's sold.

Thats an option that I have never thought about, Ive never considered a consignment type deal. Ive never had the experience of it either. I would assume they would just say if we sell it for xxx amount of dollars then xxx about of dollars will go to us?
Ill just try and keep my cool for now, I use consignment for a last resource.
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I haven't done much selling with any type of classifieds, but I seem to do a fair amount of buying.
I think people watch too much American Pickers and Pawn Stars where low balling is the standard. Be patient. Someone that knows the value of what you are selling will come along.
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I always find it's better to accept phone calls only. People seem much more prone to give you the run around and ask ridiculous questions via email. A phone call actually takes a bit of effort. I get much less hassle having them email me a call back number.
I have had many dealings on Craigslist and am very glad to have that service available, it was much harder in the old days for buying and selling in the newspapers. I have tried it both ways, phone or email and I also get very tired of the never ending emails asking time consuming questions, the phone only option with time of day availability has worked well. I hate the no shows with no call to cancel. I have taken off work to meet people that never show up, I don't do that anymore! If you really want some frustrations try texting for a sale, my experience has about a 5% success rate.
Any dealing with the general public is frustrating, The more time you can spend using or working on your airstream the better!!!
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Two major ebay purchases....more accurately, listings that didn't sell.

Used Burb TV and boat.

Both entailed one contact e-mail and many subsequent phone calls.

I tried to avoid any type cyber contact during the negotiations.

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remember this too, it does not help that you have reality shows that have people making ridiculous offers to people for their items and the people accepting them because they dont want to look bad on tv. because of these tv shows like pawn stars, hardcore pawn, american pickers.... everybody thinks they have this wonderful gift of being a great negotiator and lowballing people. HA. it does not work. a friend of mine attempted to lowball a guy on a 4 wheeler and when he made his offer, the old man got so mad, he told my friend the damn thing is not for sale at any price and get the hell off his property. i laughed at my friend when he told me this.
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I've bought and sold some big ticket items on CL in the past. Bought and sold my 72 Overlander that way and recently bought my 77 Sovereign on CL.

1. I avoid the email scenario because that gets too time consuming.
2. When posting my phone number, I always post/upload a picture of my phone number. This way it can't be cut and pasted.
3. When people ask for my address to come see the item, I first set up a time and date with them, then tell them to call me a half hour before they want to come... then I will give them the address. It sure saves a lot of time and this way they don't have time to "case" my property. It also weeds out the a$$holes.
4. When asked, "What is the least you will take for it?", I always answer, "What is the most you will give me for it?" Been in sales all my life.
5. Cash, cash, cash. ONLY! That is the only way I would buy something.
6. If someone insults me by offering a ridiculous price, I just say, "See ya!"

Craigslist is not fun, but it is easier than the old days with newspapers. Still, I remain very cautious and suspicious when dealing with people.
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Old 01-26-2012, 07:17 AM   #12
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When I put my car for sale on Craigslist I IMMEDIATELY got scammers--- ALL OF THEM VIA EMAIL. As soon as I removed the email address, and left only the phone number, all the scamming stopped, and I successfully sold the car. I will never utilize the email route again on Craigslist.

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I've sold a few things on CL and had one trick pulled on me...advertised a car for a really cheap price (I just wanted it GONE) and within a couple of hours the ad was pulled!

It turns out a dude was interested but couldn't get free to come look at it so he reported it as a scam so nobody else would get the jump on him...

He then tried to lowball my 'give it away' price!
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Thanks everyone, now that you all have shared your experiences with me I now know I'm not the only one that's been through these scenarios.
I have had a lot of scammers wanting to pay the full price via PayPal and send an agent to arrange the pickup blah blah blah, I usually kick those to the side. But there are a lot of people overseas that do look in the states for AS, how do you know they are real? I've seen lots of people on the forums that are abroad searching for a trailer.
I did have one gentlemen call me from Korea, he's was very nice and was asking me logical questions about the AS but he wanted me to tow it to California for shipment. I'm all about road trips but that's a little far for me to drop a trailer off. Not saying I wouldn't do it if I knew the person wasn't screwing me around and willing to pay the fuel bill both ways. Heck, it would be a great ending for a story that went well seeing our AS go off to owners in another country. I dunno, I'm very cautious though.
Anyhow thanks everyone for your words of experiences and suggestions. I appreciate them all!
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