craigslist emails from people who aren't even interested...

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by mikesova, Jul 27, 2013.

  1. Ceri JC

    Ceri JC UK GSer

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    Beat me to it. I am a Welsh lad for whom non-metric bike = old Brit parallel twin and I know next to nothing about Harleys. Even I know that a Sportster isn't a proper Harley (I mean, it's not even piss-takingly expensive and it handles better than a fridge, what were they thinking)and that real Harley riders would never look at it.

    The only time I've ever seen this sort of criticism of an item for sale is:
    A) When the person has such wildly out of whack expectations about the selling price for the condition/item and the person wants to (jokingly) kindly draw their attention to this fact.
    B) As a precursor to making an insultingly low offer, as demonstrated here:
    http://www.27bslash6.com/sold.html
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  2. bwalsh

    bwalsh UUU, UUU!!!

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  3. Tim McKittrick

    Tim McKittrick Long timer

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    I've bought and sold a lot of stuff on CL, and have never had any serious issues. I confess I'm often tempted to offer sellers unsolicited advice about their ads- like the bike pictured isnt a YR330 but is actually a YZ250, or the 28 year old rusted enduro that you are selling which doesn't run or have a title is probably not worth the $2800 you are asking for it- but I've never actually DONE it.

    I figure time and experience will eventually teach them whatever it is they need to know, and have a good chuckle at their expense.
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  4. DR Donk

    DR Donk Been here awhile

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    The few times I've sold items on Craig's List I always have e-mails wanting me to hold the item. Like a fool, I did once and guess what, the guy never showed up. So now I tell them first one with cash gets it. :deal
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  5. jschance

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    Yeah, I love the 'what's your lowest price?' emails. I've responded with "Come to my driveway with cash and find out". So far, no takers.

    Overall I've had good luck with selling stuff on Craigslist. You've just got to understand there are scammers and idiots out there, and how to sort 'em out.
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  6. p0diabl0

    p0diabl0 Been here awhile

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    A couple of times I've emailed people correcting some pertinent information just trying to be helpful. Usually something like the model of the bike when they're clueless. ("Kawazuki Ninja zx-650 for sale" - actually you have a Kawasaki ZX-6...)

    Never get a response though.
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  7. jules083

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    It's funny this thread came up. I listed my GSX-R 600 a few days ago, here's an e-mail I received.

    Your craigslist post:
    http://youngstown.craigslist.org/mcy/3958287494.html

    I've never seen so many dropped bikes as I have in the past few years. Wtf, doesn't anybody know how to ride a goddamned bike anymore?
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  8. Andyvh1959

    Andyvh1959 Cheesehead Klompen

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    HA! I posted an add on craigslist for worn out sectional sofa that I just wanted gone, the add said "FREE, You haul it away."

    Couldn't believe how many scammer replies I got asking I hold the "item" for them to purchase if I comply with thier offer.

    Guess scammers don't understand the word "free?"
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  9. heavy_-j

    heavy_-j Need me some Adv!

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    I once put a couch up for free on craiglist. And said the same as you, "You must haul it yourself!!!".
    After about nine requests that did not involve the taker hauling the couch themselves, I had a guy email me and ask if I thought he would be able to carry it to XYZ address (it was about 18-20 blocks away btw).....I told him it was a 150lb couch and he was welcome to try, but I was pretty sure he would regret it....then he asked me if I'd carry the other side of the couch with him....:rofl F*** NO! That would be the antithesis of me not moving the FREE couch I said YOU had to move YOURSELF....crimeny people..

    Then the guy who finally agreed to come with a truck and take it away himself CAME ALONE! And asked me to help him carry it down the two flights of stairs........the guy was lucky I'm nice and just wanted the damn couch gone! :bluduh
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  10. Ceri JC

    Ceri JC UK GSer

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    I once hauled a 150lb fire that I wanted, almost 2 miles on my back. The people giving it away were most amused that I didn't have a van. It is unbelievable how unwieldy a shape a door is when it is that heavy!
    Test lift in their car park: "Ah, this is easy, I can lift way more than this!"
    100 yards down the road: "Idiot, what were you thinking!"
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  11. Ceri JC

    Ceri JC UK GSer

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    Whole site is comedy gold. He's into bikes too, so there are a few good bike-related ones. The "teaching my girlfriend to ride" one had me literally pissing myself laughing as I can picture exactly how that panned out.
    :rofl
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  12. jules083

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    I've said that many many times to myself. :lol3

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I747 using Tapatalk 2
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  13. Wlfman

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    Must have an asbestos suit.
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  14. davidbeinct

    davidbeinct Been here awhile

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    Also, it must take a lot of fire to weigh 150 lbs.

    David B.
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  15. SilkMoneyLove

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    Yeah, CL needs some work for sure. Scammers get away with anything. 2009 GSXR for $2900... Hello, fake!

    I love the "I really like it" people. I have had so many say that they really like whatever I am selling but the have to check with "XYZ" before they buy.

    The last guy I met up with and let him test ride the bike. He was out for 20 minutes. He said he really liked it BUT had to check with his buddy...WTF? I asked him if he or his buddy would be buying the bike?

    I had asked him before I left to meet up, if he liked it would he buy it and he said Yes. So I trailered it out to him an hour away from me.

    I thought I had qualified the buyer enough, but some people just lie to get a test ride.

    I sold it to the next guy that liked it and had cash.
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  16. bwalsh

    bwalsh UUU, UUU!!!

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    Another inmate I know had a guy come out and test ride a K75 he was selling. The guy was gone for well over an hour. When he returned he said "I'll have to check on a taller seat for the bike"(which they do make). Never saw or heard from him again. Really? A f@^*king hour plus "test" ride and then you just walk away? Worthless POS...
    I never drive to meet someone wanting to buy from me, with one exception below. If they want it bad enough they'll come and get it!
    I did drive about 15 minutes for a guy driving thru from NC to PA who wanted some tires and rims I had for sale cheap. I knew he'd take them at the price I was asking. Deal went down without a hitch! :clap

    A response to a boating forum ad I had posted for a friends whitewater canoe he was selling at a great price...
    One guy ask me to drive it to him, two plus hours away(one way) to "look" at it. Then he got an attitude when I/we told him "no". Here's something to look at...:flip
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  17. Wlfman

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    I'm the opposite. I NEVER do the sale at my house. I don't want some of the scary crazy people from CL that have bought things from me to know where I live. I always meet them at the gas station a few miles from my house, and then I wait to leave a few minutes after they're gone.
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  18. High Country Herb

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    What amazes me is when I call a seller, and the first thing he tells me is his lowest price, which is lower than the asking price in the ad...and I didn't even counter-offer yet. Must be very adverse to haggling.

    When I sold my last bike, the first guy to respond drove 3.5 hours that night, and handed me cash (full asking price) before he test rode it. My asking price was on the high side, but still fair. My wife made him iced tea, while I helped him load it and tie it down. Nice guy.
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  19. Sidecar Jockey

    Sidecar Jockey Been here awhile

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    I LOVE Craigslist. Between my Dad and I, we have probably bought about 20 motorcycles, ALL on Craigslist. Yes, we might be motorcycle hoarders and we do have a 'problem'.

    I use Craigslist, because I would rather buy a busted bike and pay WAY less, than pay top dollar for a pristine one. I enjoy fixing / restoring bikes, so that's part of the experience for me. I get a good laugh at some of the stuff that previous owners screwed up, and I enjoy meeting all of the 'characters' that sell said screwed up bikes. Its part of the experience for me, and I like turning wrenches, painting, polishing, and fabricating.

    If I did NOT want to have to work on a bike, I would NOT buy it on Craigslist... without being very careful and doing a very thorough inspection. I would also expect to pay top dollar for a mint well maintained bike.

    I have also sold a few bikes on Craigslist. My email and common sense are pretty good at filtering out spam and scammers. I have gotten some REALLY good trade offers. Like a 1982 Lincoln town car limo... brand new interior, 'pimped' out... but it does not run and it pictured sitting on blocks in someone's back yard. Racing lawn mowers and guns are probably the two things most often offered as trades... even though ALL of my ads say "NO TRADES".
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  20. Vertical C

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    :rofl

    I have sold two dozen bikes and never been offered either of those.

    America...:clap
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