Sunday, April 19, 2009

Craigslist Rants, Part II

I posted a few weeks ago the trials I suffered in attempting to sell my Ipod on craigslist, and this has led me to further reflection on those that use this marketplace. I really like craigslist - it's proof that a very grassroots form of getting buyers and sellers together, without charging fees, can work quite well. But I can't believe some of the things that are said by people in trying to market their stuff, particularly motorcycles - a few examples that I have gathered, for your reading enjoyment:

1) The "previous owner" did it - When someone posts in their ad that their bike has scratches on it, or it was laid down, it was invariably done by "the previous owner." Who are these "previous owners"? They are obviously a very careless and clumsy bunch, as they seem to be responsible for all the damage that has ever been done to motorcycles!

2) "No title, no problem" - I've seen a lot of bikes for sale with "no title" with the seller stating that it should be easy to get it titled. If it was so easy, why don't you do it and save the potential buyer from the obvious hassle and potential issue of not being able to title it at all!

3) "It's in mint condition, except for..." - The ad starts out by stating that the bike is in like new condition, but as you read further on, there is a whole list of "except for's" like the bike went down in a low speed fall, the plastic fairing is cracked, etc., (all done by the
"previous owner" of course!).

4) "It started 10 years ago" - I see this on the ads for a lot of vintage bikes - the ad will usually state "the bike doesn't start now, but it did the last time I tried." I love history as much as the other guy, but I am more concerned with the present when it comes to motorcycles!

5) "It just requires a simple adjustment" - The ad goes something like this - "I tried to start it but it won't turn over - probably just needs a carb cleaning..." OK, if it does, why don't you do that before you put it up for sale???

So, if you see an ad from me on CL for a "like new bike that started 10 years ago without a title that was slightly damaged by the previous owner" please feel free to e-mail me as follows:

"Hello ,Thanks for your mail back concerning the inquiry mail i sent to you.
The price,condition also the pics i viewed is okay by me .And my client
confirm there is no problem about the price($975 ) ,my client do pays with a
{USA}cashier check,he has agreed to mail out as bank cashiers check of
$3500. to you on my behalf to cover the shippment fees.About the shippment,
that we be taken care by my me & my personal assistant,my personal
assistant will be using his shipper to do the quick processing of the
shipping of the motorcycle to my client."


Unknown said...

". . . my personal
assistant will be using his shipper to do the quick processing of the
shipping of the motorcycle to my client."

Please ship the motorcycle to my address in Nigeria. I believe that I have allowed sufficient funds for shipping and please ask that you send the overpayment to me in South Chad by Western Union money transfer which I will send further details by email as prev mentioned.

thankyou, Joe Magumo

Baron's Life said...

Hey Lance...don't trust this guy Bobskoot...the name says it all...should've been more's the Vancouver Scoot Gang, we take no hostages...and we mean BC business
none of that USA soft stuff...We have underground tunnels you know...!~
Just kidding..Bob is'a great guy and his blog shines with wonderful stuff as does yours.
Now I have to break the news to you about the craig list...who gives a shit about the adds and the numerous ipods...did you not see the adds woman seeks wonder your $29 machine does not even attract any buyer...when they can just read all the other kinky adds...why would they want a second hand lousy no good for nothing ipod,,,
you tell me.
Great post Lance, keep them coming...I meant the women on craig list
Suggestion...put your ipod on the driveway and drive over it...nobody wants

Lance said...

Thanks Bob - will do, and I will await my portion of the $10million you have deposited in the BANK OF THE NORTH INTERNATIONAL,ABUJA(FCT). I have the courage to Crave indulgence for this important business believing that you will never let me down either now or in the future.

Baron - I think all those "for" ads,i.e., w4m, w4w, etc. and etc. are written by the same person, probably the Nigerian scam artist! By the way, a happy ending on my ipod (no, I didn't run over it!) - it finally sold!

Take care both of you!

Orin said...

The ones I find interesting are for something like a Vespa GTS for about half the bluebook price, offered up by someone in the U.K. who suffers from a long list of terminal illnesses. You are to wire your money to some third party in some obscure corner of the state, which has actual custody of the bike. I guess people fall for this scam, because it keeps coming up. Personally, I would never buy a used motor vehicle without looking at it and driving/riding it myself. But as P.T. Barnum said...

Scootin' Old Skool

Heinz N Frenchie said...

When something seems too good to be true, 9 times out of 10 it is a scam. Free sites like Craig's List is a magnet for the dishonest. Too bad, because the idea is good and there are some honest people using the site. You really described it well. Good Luck with your sales.

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