Until recently, I was a Craigslist virgin.
I’ve never seen “The Craigslist Killer” movie, but just knowing that it exists scares me. It doesn’t matter that it was prostitutes who were killed. And the other attack was on a pregnant woman.
I am not pregnant or a hooker. But the thought of going into a stranger’s house is scary enough. Inviting a stranger into mine?
Maybe I’ve also seen too many vampire shows because I had to stop and think, is it ok to invite someone in?
But I’m moving and I need to get rid of my stuff. So, I broke down and posted ads on Craigslist. And what I found was shocking.
People are cheap.
Not just cheap like using a coupon at the movies. Yes, that is something I do. I’m talking cheap like I have never seen. Bartering over a 10 dollar item. And this is furniture, not books or knick-knacks.
I had a ton of people respond to the posting about the cheaper items I had for sale. And most people asked for at least 5 dollars off.
And then I got the questions I never thought I’d see. It was something along the lines of: I’m interested in that 10 dollar TV stand you have, can you deliver it today?
My initial reaction was: Are you F*#%$ing crazy??
But that didn’t seem appropriate for an email. So I took a deep breath and found a polite way to say no. Something like, “Delivery is not available.” Nice and passive.
But then the requests kept coming.
Would I deliver a dresser, a book shelf, my dining room table and chairs. And, oh would I take $50 dollars off of the price?
I guess what I’ve learned from this is that people have balls. Serious huevos. And sometimes is you ask, you’ll get what you want. Like the guy who got my black bookshelf for a $5 discount.
I also learned that sometimes those balls can push people too far. After the last email about the dining table and chairs, I sold it for less to a friend who told me what he could afford. I did it to reward decency and send the table to a worthy home. And, yes, so I could email back and say “No, the table is gone.”
I understand that everyone is looking for a deal. But delivery? This isn’t Dominoes, People.
Have you ever used Craigslist? What was your experience? How do you sell your stuff?