I just sold my '53 Flying Cloud from an ad at airstream.net. I had an interested buyer from Michigan on the phone before I could edit the ad to get the photo up. She was here, cash in hand and took it home a few days later. She told me a friend who lives nearby me was familiar with the trailer, I presume because of the 'Crunch goes the Flying Cloud' thread about it here. I hope they enjoy it. It was a cool Flying Cloud! Last week I sold my Toyota pickup to a local buyer in 48 hours off cars.com. Again, another easy, pleasant, honest transaction. I DID get one 419 scammer inquiry on the Toyota tho... I emailed the letter to Yahoo! and they closed that email account.
In July, I sold a '50 canned ham camper for a friend using my eBay account... it was a cool little trailer and had the original interior complete with yellow and white vinyl upholstery. The stove was like brand new. The birch had some stains from old leaks, but the trailer hadn't leaked in years, and it was one of those trailers that, once inside, you just couldn't wipe the smile off your face 'cause it was SO neat! The exterior had been painted in white latex house paint, but it still looked pretty good. I used the premium photo option with supersize and had a dozen photos up. I had a link to twenty-five photos on my Yahoo! photo account. We also made the trailer available for inspection and listed email addresses and phone numbers for contact. I encouraged questions. We represented the trailer as 'ready to camp in', nothing more.
Anyway, we listed it at $2500 reserve, which I thought was a little high, but it was what the owner thought she wanted. It met reserve the second day, and a 'sniper' bid in in the last few seconds at over double the reserve. He hadn't contacted either the owners or me prior to bidding. To his credit, he completed the transaction in a timely fashion and then sent a shipper for the trailer and it went out of state. He got it and FedEx'd ME the next day that he wanted his money back; that I'd misrepresented the trailer 'cause he wanted it to show with his restored trucks... blah blah blah... gonna sue me in his state for misrepresentation blah blah blah... (which, of course he could do... but undoubtedly would lose since the transaction occurred here and I have no 'point of presence' in his state, but would still cost attorney's fees to defend there.)
He beefed the transaction with eBay which subsequently closed for lack of action...
He got a lawyer there to send me letters, and I retained counsel here and have responded twice... and haven't heard anything recently... if I don't hear anything in the next couple of months, I presume it's a dead issue... but geez... what a pain! Over a trailer I didn't even own, set the sale price, or make any money on! AND, he's never re-contacted the actual seller of the trailer! Go figure...
I don't think I'l use eBay again for high-ticket stuff. Despite being as honest as possible, there's just no pleasing some people! At least if they come to you to inspect the item it's more difficult for them to claim that you scammed them somehow.
AIR 2053 Current: 2006 Born Free 32 RQ Kodiak Chassis, & 1995 Coachmen B-van
Former Airstreams: 1953 Flying Cloud, 1957 Overlander, 1961 Bambi, 1970 Safari Special, 1978 Argosy Minuet, 1985 325 Moho, 1994 Limited 34' Two-door, 1994 B190 "B-Van"