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Old 12-23-2012, 09:36 AM   #1
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The Airstream/Craigslist War

There is apparently a declared war going on between an unknown "Flagger" and a certain CL user....probably a scammer. I have been seeing the continued flagging and removal of Airstream for sale ads....typical flood the country with cheap Bambi ads, Vintage small Airstreams, ....you know the ones. Not to be confused with the Flagger who does the dirty work just to "hide" a good deal for himself. Well, they have expanded the war to name calling and EBAY involvement. Attack/counter attack. DORKS!
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Old 12-23-2012, 10:02 AM   #2
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I hate to be this ignorant, but what exactly are you talking about? Thanks!
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Old 12-23-2012, 11:03 AM   #3
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I hate to be this ignorant, but what exactly are you talking about? Thanks!
I will second that request. For those of who do not use Texting as our means of communication an expanded description might help.
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Old 12-23-2012, 11:04 AM   #4
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Go to any of the Craigalist search sites...or any large city site....like LA. search for a Bambi....or any 17ft Airstream. They are gone....removed by flagging, which can be done by anyone...instantaneously. These two are duking it out by the flagger using SearchTempest to locate all of the "sellers" ads. He then flags them all. The seller calls him on it, resubmits the ads and again the flagger blocks them all. If your new on the Forums you probably don't have a clue on Tempest or the searches that go on....it's a subculture of sorts.
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Old 12-23-2012, 11:18 AM   #5
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It takes several flags to eliminate an ad on craigslist.
CL wont tell you the exact number but I'm guessing a dozen or more.
Not just one person can do it.
I don't follow the AS ads there but I do follow the Ford tractor ads closely.
In the last year or so there has been a scammer who will post an ad like for a Ford tractor that's usually worth say $25K for about $9K. It's a pretty obvious scam and usually gets flagged right away.
It is likely someone is doing similar scam ads for Airstreams.
So you just gotta go by the old addage "if it seems too good to be true it probably is."
I'll tell you what gets me about CL ads is people who use all those darned keywords so their ad comes up in more searches.
Like if they are selling a John Deere tractor they'll add the keywords, Ford, Allis Chalmers, Oliver, Farmall, Chevy, Dodge, etc, etc.
Or in the case of campers, etc a guy will be selling some crummy old Winnebago and adds the keywords Bambi, Airstream, basecamp, Fleetwood, etc so it shows up in your AS search.
I ALWAYS flag those ads.
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Old 12-23-2012, 11:54 AM   #6
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In the last year or so there has been a scammer who will post an ad like for a Ford tractor that's usually worth say $25K for about $9K. It's a pretty obvious scam and usually gets flagged right away.
It is likely someone is doing similar scam ads for Airstreams.
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I remember seeing an eBay ad auto posted in this forum for a 2012 27fb Flying Cloud for $20k and at first I was really ticked off knowing what I just spent on mine, then I thought, that has to be a scam. So this "subculture" is a sort of cat and mouse game between scammers and flaggers?
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Old 12-23-2012, 02:12 PM   #7
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All I get is a page that will not load.
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Old 12-23-2012, 04:01 PM   #9
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works for me...try again.
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works for me...try again.
Thank you, it is working now. I did not know that such a search site existed.
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The lesson to take home from this…

If you really have an Airstream to sell, don't list it on Craigslist; find somewhere more reputable, such as the AirForums Classifieds. That way you avoid the whole Hatfields & McCoys experience.
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The lesson to take home from this…

If you really have an Airstream to sell, don't list it on Craigslist; find somewhere more reputable, such as the AirForums Classifieds. That way you avoid the whole Hatfields & McCoys experience.
Perhaps, but I sure am glad my seller didn't feel that way.

Craigslist is a wonderful site that allows people to make quick cash and doesn't cost a dime to do so. You just have to use common sense for the most part.
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WOW there are a lot of Airstream for sale in Texas yunga (that was a double wow )
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