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Old 01-25-2013, 01:56 PM   #21
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They drive me nuts too! If I'm bored, I toy with them a while, just to waste their time like they've wasted mine!
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Old 01-25-2013, 04:07 PM   #22
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And why, when you search CL for Airstreams, do Bon Jovi tickets pop up...strange...
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Old 01-25-2013, 04:52 PM   #23
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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.
There are LOTS of valid ads of Airstreams for sale on Craigslist in the Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana and Oklahoma areas. Why, in 2011 there was a '75 Argosy24 for sale in Fort Worth craigslist that was so real that I bought it, and have traveled over 6,000 miles in it. There's also a continuous stream of very similar, very obvious scams, and I flag those when I see them.

Today there were a couple of new ones... a '95 Sovereign 25' trailer for something ridiculous ($3k maybe?) and something like an '05 Classic 30' for $5500, both claiming they were in excellent condition, stored indoors, etc. Usually, as stated above, it's Bambis. It's not limited to Airstreams, either. Because some of the scammers (and some people genuinely selling used RVs) seem to think that someone looking for an Airstream might want something very different, they add Airstream in ad somewhere just to catch more search hits. If it looks like a legitimate ad, I just curse their spamminess and ignore it, but there's a set of scam ads with way-too-low prices that get the classic "Oh I'm out of town, won't you send the money to this 'escrow service' you haven't heard of and wait around while it's delivered to you for free!" They follow the same kind of pattern, they've chosen a couple of different makes and models and continue running the same scam ad in every CL market that's in my automated search.
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Old 01-25-2013, 05:10 PM   #24
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CL scams

Thanks to all of you for the information posted here. I recently purchased an Airstream from an ad on CL. I had been looking for some time and while I was not sure what the game was, I continually saw ads for Airstreams that were priced at what was obviously well below market value and indicated being sold by a dealer. I was looking primarily in the southwest but on occasion would look nationally and these ads were in every locale that I searched. I did not respond because I was certain they were scams but was not sure what they wanted to gain. I am appreciative of the lessons here, Thanks again.
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Old 01-25-2013, 07:12 PM   #25
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LOL... there’s a 2005 25’ Safari for sale in Dallas for..... $5,400! Gee whiz, what a bargain, right?
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Old 01-26-2013, 07:43 PM   #26
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Smile The AS/whomever scammers

Yesterday, I was surfing several of the other Internet sites used to find Airstream and SOB's for sale nationally. Soon, I found an interesting AS MO for sale in Augusta, GA through FreeRVShopper.com. So I asked for more photos, basic questions, and purchase price using my E-mail address for response.

This morning, I received a poorly-written E-mail accompanied by 30+ photos, and a ridiculous purchase price. Further, in the instructions, the scammer adopted a female persona and several eBay terms sprinkled with some PayPal terminology. Then, I contacted eBay's Fraud department and forwarded the E-mail.

Just an hour ago, I found the very same Airstream unit listed in AirForums Classifieds, so I sent a message through the "Contact Seller" feature to the dealer. The scammer lifted every photo and description from a verified Airstream dealer's listing. There seems to be no shame among thieves.

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Old 01-26-2013, 08:09 PM   #27
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I bought our airstream off of CL. I used to hire people through it as well. I still would if they had a way to rotate an ad when you pay a fee. As it is now you pay a fee and after one day are drowned out by other ads.

When I buy of off CL I only do business with people who will communicate by email. what is in writing is more reliable then on the phone, those who don't have a 6 item list of rules like you call me and leave your phone # etc.

Yes you get some spam but solicitors walk into my offices ever day despite no trespassing signs and no soliciting signs. When I post I use the anonymous email system and have not been overwhelmed.

Anything we do these days will draw unwanted contact. When they start calling I say abusive things about their mothers and sisters as those comments, unless you use a few key words-the same words that will get you thrown out of a baseball game, they are not allowed to hang up. But I figure when I get to use CL for free the fee I actually pay is some @#$#@ from people I don't want to hear from.

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Old 04-30-2013, 08:20 PM   #28
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I think the thing that gets lost is that there are good, solid deals done on CL every day that benefit both buyer and seller.

I would not have my Cayo C-11 today but for Craigslist and the ability to work with a seller 800 miles and 5 states away. There are risks and you have to vet the counterparty carefully but that has to be balanced against the deals to be made.
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