A few weeks ago, I wrote about how we did the unthinkable and bought new furniture from the store. You see, my furniture was completely uncomfortable. Since we were trying to avoid moving, we decided that buying new furniture might keep us in our current house long enough for us to pay off the mortgage in 35-months. Don’t get me wrong – my old furniture was really nice. It was just way too oversized, deep, and completely impractical for those who are not at least 7-feet tall. Since my furniture was obviously made for giants, we decided to look for new furniture for us little folk.
We found average looking but comfortable furniture at the store and bought it. Since we don’t need two sets of great room furniture, we decided to sell our old set on Craigslist to offset the cost of our new digs.
I honestly haven’t sold that much on Craigslist before. I mostly have just bought things….baby clothes, kid clothes, my beautiful office furniture, tables, chairs, and almost anything else that you can think of. I put together my Craigslist ad asking $400 for my couch, love seat, and two end tables with high hopes I instantly starting getting texts.
“Do you still have the furniture?”
“Do you still have the couch and love seat?”
“Do you still have the couch and love seat?”
After each of these inquiries, nothing but silence followed. Were they just being nosy? Since they took the time to text and ask if I still had it, does that mean that they were interested? Did my reply of “Yes” somehow make them change their mind? After getting several more repeats of the same question, I started wondering what the hell was going on with people.
That’s when I received my first email inquiry from an interested customer. What follows is the actual email that I received after confirming that I did indeed still have the furniture:
“Hello, Thanks for the swift response,as the item is still available, I will send a check to cover the cost of my purchase as am completely satisfied with the “ad”.I will need the details of whom & where to mail the Check..It will be delivered by Courier Service…
1.Name to be on the check 2.Home address ( No P.O Box ) 3.Mobile #
Kindly delete the advert on Craig’s List as am totally committed to buying from you and My mover will be coming over for the pick up after you must have received and cashed the check, Also I would have love to call but I’m a deaf, So please send me an email only.
Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry
So, no. Obviously I wasn’t going to get involved in whatever he was trying to do here. I moved on and got another email within a few hours. Again, I swear I am not making this up.
“Would you trade 13 unopened 700 count boxes of baseball cards for couch set. The cards inside each box worth around $300 that’s ($3900) roughly. Great to save to pass on to children or sell. Or great to give as Christmas gifts…thanks…”Sent from my Verizon Wireless Phone
BASEBALL CARDS?!?!??!?! For realz? Did anything I said in my Craigslist ad imply that I might be interested in baseball cards? I guess it was worth a shot, right? I guess all I could say was no….and I did.
Then, I began receiving a series of very detailed emails from a seemingly serious Craigslist shopper. He asked for various measurements, additional pictures, and even what my favorite and least favorite things about the couch and love seat were. We negotiated the price down to $350 and made arrangements for him to come pick it up the next day. The next day rolled around and he emailed a few more times to confirm my address and a time for pickup.
Then nothing. He didn’t show. I disappointed because I thought that this anonymous person was really going to show up. Luckily, someone else soon became interested and actually followed through. I sold my furniture for $340, and – since my new stuff won’t come for a few weeks – we are sans couch right now. We moved this little futon in from our kid’s play room and it looks pretty ridiculous in our giant great room. Luckily, it’s only for a few more weeks.
Have you ever sold anything on Craigslist before? Have you ever bought anything off Craigslist? What was your experience? Share your story by commenting below.
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