Sunday, September 15, 2013

Craigslist Going Down Hill

Several years ago I sold multiple items on Craigslist.   It is free, with no fees so what could be the down side.   I had no issues then.   This month I have been trying to sell and iPad Mini for my grandson.   Simple sale, cash only, face to face meeting only were the major caveats in the sale.  

Imagine my surprise when 75% of the responses were sex related.   I’m not sure what kind of idiots out there relate sex and an iPad Mini but nevertheless the responses were interesting to say the least.  
“I found you ad appealing and would love to meet you!”
“I don’t usually do this but would you want to meet for coffee?”
“I got totally turned on reading your ad, could we meet?”

Needless to say, I was glad I was fielding these ludicrous responses rather than my young grandson seeing them.  Although I am sure he would have found them as amusingly disgusting as I did.   I give gmail credit as the bulk of them ended up in my Spam file without me having to look at them.

Then the standard, “I’ll send you more money than you are asking.”  Hmm, too good to be true, sure it is.   I suggested we meet in the parking lot of the local police station to make the transaction and that was the last I heard from that bozo.  It is fascinating and dismaying to see the number of despicable criminals out there.   

It is hard to beat the no fee aspect of Craig’s list but please be cautious in its use.   There have been cases where respondents have turned out to be not only criminal but sometimes violently criminal.  Use prudence and protect yourself when using the service. 

If reviewing a product, it may have been received free of charge. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

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