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Old 08-01-2013, 03:28 PM   #46
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I have also bought and sold all kinds of junk on Craigslist and never had an issue. I have even broken all the rules like selling at my house, taking checks and letting prospective buyers go for test rides and nothing crazy has ever happened. I am feeling a little left out here
Yeah, but look where you live. Only place I'd think of meeting someone around here would be in the local police station parking lot.
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Old 08-01-2013, 04:03 PM   #47
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I've never been offered a racing lawnmower. Good thing too, I probably would have taken it.

Plenty of gun offers though. Almost took one, I was selling a 250 ninja and the guy wanted it bad. Kept adding more guns to the list. Ended up at an AR-15, Beretta 9mm, .50 cal muzzle loader, and a 20 gauge of some sort. I forget the brand, wasn't a very good one.

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Funny you mention that, I have a 72 CB175 that I was trying to sell on CL a few years ago. It's not bad, not great, just not really worth anything. Still in my basement. Anyway, a guy offers to trade for an HK G3. I thought something was up because it was probably worth way more than my bike, and therefore stolen or something. Still, a bad ass rifle.


I passed it up, but with today's anti-firearm climate I probably should have taken it in a heartbeat.
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Old 08-01-2013, 07:37 PM   #48
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My brother just sold his 1980 Yamaha Seca 650 RJ (shaft drive european style) bike, with about 35,000 miles on it for $1500 on Craigslist. It was a great/strong runner, Rifle faring, Krauser Starlet bags, custom made aluminum tail rack, original paint/seat/exhaust, lots of engine/chassis updates (all work I did). He bought it back in 95 for $900, enjoyed it many years and now a collector 300 miles away has it.

Guy drove four hours, in his pickup, brought cash, didn't haggle one bit on the price. Went to a good home, all via Craigslist.
I am glad stuff goes smoothly many times. Good to hear. I wonder if the item has any influence on the buyer pool? If I'm selling an 80s Camaro I would expect the mullet crowd and offers of racing mowers for trade and the like.
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Old 08-01-2013, 08:05 PM   #49
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I have killed it on craigslist instruments and machine tools.

Great deals on banjos, cases, tool boxes, my handy lift, my favorite gerstner tool box.

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Old 08-02-2013, 10:43 AM   #50
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Best buyer/seller interaction I've heard in a while:

Buyer: "Are you at all flexible on the price?"

Seller: "Sure, I can go higher!"

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Old 08-04-2013, 09:06 PM   #51
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I don't mind someone coming over and just kickin' the tires, but most people seem to be so hung on negotiating price b/f they even see the vehicle, which is pretty much a reason for me to discount them as serious buyers. I usually tell them to just come over and we'll talk price in person, as I don't consider e-mail offers as serious.

Once I was selling and RV, and I got a ridiculous offer, so in my lack of patience I told them they were off their rocker. They came back with some insults, which I reciprocated. Later it turns out that it was a teenager, and their dad called to chew me out, threaten me, and threaten to call the police for using cuss words in an e-mail. Awesome. Man, things have really changed since I was a teenager - entertainment isn't what it used to be.

Indeed, even if they're acting like they're talking about a sale, some people just want to talk about nothing. I guess I don't have anything better to do anyway. I have a better sense of humor about it all now and never get ticked off.

Also, I once got an e-mail off a CL ad telling me that the guy liked my pictures and ad, but had no interest in buying, but wishing me luck with the sale anyway. Kinda weird, but appreciated nonetheless.
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Old 08-05-2013, 02:44 AM   #52
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I don't mind someone coming over and just kickin' the tires, but most people seem to be so hung on negotiating price b/f they even see the vehicle, which is pretty much a reason for me to discount them as serious buyers. I usually tell them to just come over and we'll talk price in person, as I don't consider e-mail offers as serious.
I get where you are coming from, but look at it from the other side. I just bought a vehicle on CL, and it seems a lot of people intentionally post high in order to have negotiating room, and others just post what they want. If I'm interested in something but the price is a little higher than what I'm willing to pay, I'd like to find out which one they are before I drive 45 minutes away and waste your time coming out to show your vehicle, only to find that we simply are not going to agree on a price. I wouldn't make an offer sight unseen, but sometimes it's good to know that we can at least see eye to eye on price before we both waste our time.
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Old 08-05-2013, 09:00 AM   #53
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I get where you are coming from, but look at it from the other side. I just bought a vehicle on CL, and it seems a lot of people intentionally post high in order to have negotiating room, and others just post what they want. If I'm interested in something but the price is a little higher than what I'm willing to pay, I'd like to find out which one they are before I drive 45 minutes away and waste your time coming out to show your vehicle, only to find that we simply are not going to agree on a price. I wouldn't make an offer sight unseen, but sometimes it's good to know that we can at least see eye to eye on price before we both waste our time.
So respond to ads with something like "Your price seems a little on the high side and I'd like to know if you are willing to negotiate, based on condition, etc., before I come to see the (bike/car/...)" That's what I do as a buyer and would get a reasonable response from me if I was a seller.

It's the ones that just say "would you take $XXX?" that piss me off - Where XXX is some ridiculous lowball number and there's no other indication that the person is in any way remotely interested in actually buying the vehicle.
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Old 08-05-2013, 01:23 PM   #54
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Funniest Craigslist as ever!

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Old 08-08-2013, 07:10 AM   #55
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That's the kind of thing that makes me want to email him and ask him a host of stupid questions.
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Old 08-08-2013, 07:20 AM   #56
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I have emailed sellers on CL myself,but politely,to tell them that the bike they're selling might bring 400.00 if they washed it and took better pictures.

But probably wont bring the 2800 they're asking.

Ive bought and sold bunches of bikes,I have a pretty good idea what things will bring.

The volume of goons asking 6 to 8 times what bikes are worth is huge on CL.
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Old 08-08-2013, 07:31 AM   #57
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I am glad stuff goes smoothly many times. Good to hear. I wonder if the item has any influence on the buyer pool? If I'm selling an 80s Camaro I would expect the mullet crowd and offers of racing mowers for trade and the like.
Ive gotten some great deals on CL,mostly nice clean deals with good folks.

I did sell my 99 1200 Triumph on there finally,for some reason it brought out the goofy guys,probably cause it was only 3 grand and looked cherry.

1 guy wasted a bunch of my time on the phone with 1000 questions,we had it all hashed out finally,then he offers me some special old coins to hold as collateral while he took the bike,he would pay in 3 months or so.

I said No,that wont work,he says by in a big huff,couldnt believe I didnt jump at the chance.

Calls back in a minute,has to have the bike,now hes getting a bank loan and will pick the bike up in 3 days no problem.

The Triumph sold shortly thereafter to someone with cash,have not heard back from bank loan boy.
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Old 08-08-2013, 07:33 AM   #58
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I have emailed sellers on CL myself,but politely,to tell them that the bike they're selling might bring 400.00 if they washed it and took better pictures.

But probably wont bring the 2800 they're asking.

Ive bought and sold bunches of bikes,I have a pretty good idea what things will bring.

The volume of goons asking 6 to 8 times what bikes are worth is huge on CL.
A bike is worth what a BUYER will pay. To YOU it may be 6 times too much. To someone wanting the bike it may be priced right.
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I wonder if he would help build a garage in my backyard?
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Old 08-08-2013, 07:38 AM   #60
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A bike is worth what a BUYER will pay. To YOU it may be 6 times too much. To someone wanting the bike it may be priced right.
To a point. A ratted out stripped 91 Virago with no paperwork wont bring 3 grand,no buyer will look at that.
Reality does kick in from time to time and listing the same POS for over a year means the seller is wasting his time.
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