Selling guitar gear on Craigslist... I'll document my current item, and the people I encounter.

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  1. standard24

    standard24 Member

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    I've had an instrument for sale on Craigslist since yesterday. I've been contacted by two people so far.

    With all the stories about gear sales and wackos trolling CL, I thought I'd document the process and describe the entire scenario after (if) the instrument sells.

    Normal folks vs. crazies. Who will win? (And am I one of the crazies?)


    Just a hint... The first contact was already a scammer.
     
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  2. rusty

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    Will you take $100...?
     
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  3. standard24

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    Third contact... "Lowball offer".
     
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    tiktok Supporting Member

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    Damone's putting out the vibe.
     
  5. Jett

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    I think it would be more fun to update as you go along rather than waiting until it sells. Just a suggestion. I'll give you $75.00 if you will drive 2 hours to meet and then only have $50 in my wallet. Also can you help with gas money. Good luck.
     
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    Fourth contact... Someone offering to trade a set of vibes?
     
  7. babbyb

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    I'd probably take that deal.
     
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    I agree, but by waiting until after it's gone, I can divulge all details/negotiations without rules infractions.
     
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    Oh, geez! Now I remember why I consign everything (or use TGP) and never sell on Craigslist. The experience of selling (for a steal) an old car my girlfriend used to own must have scarred my subconscious. After having a flake waste our entire Saturday with promises he'd be there soon (and was eventually hours late), promising he had the agreed upon cash (he didn't, nor would his "friend" lend him money), we finally told him to f off and took the car to the scrapyard.
     
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    I sold my daughter's old car on CL... Granted, I wasn't asking much, but I listed it as "Ugly Car for Sale". You'd be surprised how many people wanted to buy an ugly car?
     
  11. 3waytie4last

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    I’m pretty sure at this point in internet history that Craigslist makes its money solely off the content people generate complaining about Craigslist.
     
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    I must be lucky. I've sold tons of stuff on CL and other than a few folks being a little late, they've all been cool. I've sold a lot of little stuff but I did sell a SLK 230, a 73 Mark I Rhodes, A supersonic, a bunch of Yami club monitors, a jet ski and a Boston Whaler. The only time I get jacked around is via text and they are obvious scammers that are on a battle ship and will send someone around to pick up the 'item'. I've probably just jinxxed myself.
     
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    I can send you a cashier's check for the full amount plus $2,000 if you can send me the item + $500 in cash.
     
  14. tnvol

    tnvol Ufologist Silver Supporting Member

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    I'm lucky. My CL experiences have been good.
     
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    I'm not sure I 'get' the craigslist drama, either. it's worked just fine in my experience for probably over...100?...transactions. It's a brilliant interface, reasonably secure when they anonymized email addresses years ago, and the odd question or offer is just the usual internet noise.
     
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    I got offered medical marijuana for my d35.
     
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    tnvol Ufologist Silver Supporting Member

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    I think a lot of people get hurt feelings when they get lowballed or have to answer questions.
     
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    Same. I shun the scammers and deal with real people in what has always turned out to be an excellent exchange.
     
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    One thing I’ve learned through many years of CL deals is that I’m not going out of my way to make a sale anymore. This is the price, it’s slightly negotiable, I’m not holding anything for anyone, first one to show up with the money wins, I get the hint you are wasting my time then I’m through with you.

    It happened Saturday where I broke my rule and waited a few days for someone who wanted it even though I had a bunch of interested parties. I get to meeting place at the agreed time and it’s a no show, then he texts me saying to meet at several hours later that night, he’s working. Nope, told him forget it, and sold it to a reliable buyer an hour later for more than the time waster was offering. Should have known better.
     
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    Sounds like a good trade, it would be easier to sell than the guitar!
     

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