Sunday, May 23, 2010

Craigslist is my frienemy.

Countdown to rollout: 11 days.

Craigslist is my friend. And my enemy. My frienemy. We've actually been friends for a while, but this move is bringing us closer, which also gives CL the opportunity to frustrate me over and over for the next 12 days.

With all I need to get rid of to be able to fit what I own in a 5x8 UHaul trailer behind my car, a LOT is going on Craigslist. A LOT. I put quite a few postings up as I worked through boxes that had been in storage for the last 8 months, and there will be more going up as I continue that process.

The first, and so far ONLY thing to sell: a toaster oven. I got two calls about the toaster oven. One lady came to look and said it was too small (to which I replied I also have a nice big stainless steel microwave)... but aren't toaster ovens pretty much always small? This one did not seem particularly small to me, although it was the first one I've owned, and it was given to me by a friend moving to Texas... Anyhow, I was just surprised that the toaster oven had gotten 2 responses within the 3 hours it was up before it sold. Meanwhile, I'd gotten no bites on anything else.

Then last night, when I started getting responses on my sectional couch! My big ticket item!!! We all know people haggle on Craigslist, just like with buying a car. But when you go to buy a car, would you start your negotiations at half the price they're asking? It seems odd to me that people do this on Craigslist. For a $10 item, okay I can see it. But I just posted the couch yesterday, and some guy asked if I'd take half the listed price. Um, no. Please don't waste my time. I won't even counteroffer. Or maybe I'll counter with DOUBLE the price. That'll teach him. (No, it probably won't.)

Ah, Craigslist... I see how our love-hate relationship has been sustained for so long. What did we do before you? Oh that's right, we wasted a whole weekend doing a garage sale. Gross.

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