Update. Craigslist has a page devoted to avoiding scams and fraud. Good information!
Original post continues below.
I’m trying to sell a few items by Craigslist. I received the following e-mail this morning:
Thanks for the prompt response and i will love to make an instant purchase,so pls do withdraw the advert from Craigslist,i don’t mind adding an extra $50 dolls for you to take the advert down from criagslist so that i can be rest assured that am in hand of the item. I will also like you to know that i will be paying via check,and it will be over night payment due to the distance .You don’t need to bother your self with the shipment ok,i will take care of that.So i will need you to provide me with the following information
to facilitate the mailing of the check.
1.Your full name
2.Your mailing address be it residential or postal address
3.Your phone number.
Once again ,I will like you to know that you will not be responsible for
i will have my mover come over as soon as you have cashed the check
Have a nice day
Being the helpful guy I am, I suggested he send the check to his mover who could deposit it and bring cash to me. He’d save $50! ;-)
Wanna bet I don’t hear from this guy again?
I’m a Craigslist fan. Or should I say, more of a Craigslist fan. Previously, I bought an electric guitar using Craigslist and am looking to sell an amplifier there before too long. But today was too cool.
This afternoon, I removed the sliding glass door from the kids’ bathtub. I’m going to replace it with a shower curtain — easier to get through, keep clean, and it won’t hurt while sitting on the edge of the tub to shave legs … although that’s never been a problem for me. :wink:
In the old days (pre-Craigslist), I would have put the door in my garage while I tried to think who would like it. Much later, having failed to think of anyone who wants my junk (and not having paid to place an ad no one would see), I would move the door to the side of the house while I waited for a larger pile to accumulate. Finally, once I had a dump-worthy load, I would borrow my brother-in-law’s pickup to take the pile to the dump, fulfilling my obligation as an American to waste stuff.
Today, thanks to Craigslist, I was green! I took a picture of the door before I removed it and then a picture of the parts after I removed it. I put the pictures on a free-to-me Craigslist ad offering the parts for free to anyone who would come and get them. Within two hours they were gone.
I’m a happy man! :-)
Update: Would you have wanted this for free?