Thursday, May 9, 2013

On the C-List

I have a love-hate relationship with Craigslist. And Freecyle. And Bookoo.

For one, I love perusing for gems like my dresser and getting a deal. I just love a deal, you guys. It's like a drug. I get genuinely giddy when I know I scored something for less than it normally sells for. Like I just pulled one over on someone and came out the winner.

Winner, winner, chicken dinner.

I love it. It's fuel for my fire. So when I received a text from a friend about Mrs. Meyers soaps going on clearance at Target, I got totally jealous (despite having no less than 5 under my sink) and also replied immediately encouraging her to buy up a crapload. One can never hoard too much soap.

Back to Craigslist. I love the deals. I also love bartering people down. Like this week I bought a carpet steam cleaner (that I've since ammonia cleaned the crap out of) and she was asking $40. I had $40, but totally only offered her $35. She accepted.

I just emailed someone about a bike trailer they have for sale, and while I have the $60 they're charging, my limit for a used one was $50. So I offered $50. Let's hope I don't lose out on it because I'm being stingy. But it's a gamble and I love it.

But the hate part. Over the last week, I've posted two free items on these websites, only to have no-show after no-show of people who swore they were interested! Promised money even though they were free items! Said they'd come by that day!

But never showed. It's like I'm inconveniencing them. Finally, someone came and picked up the mirror (later than she promised, of course) that was matching to my recently refinished dresser. And they have the best stories. One lady had an intruder at her house and that's why she didn't show. Not that I don't believe her, but at the very least, just let me know within reasonable time.

I really feel like giving things away for free makes people crazy. They see the word free and all of a sudden? They have to stake their claim. It's like the freaking Gold Rush over here.

One guy I called back about giving away the mirror (mind you, I list our city name... use Google and find out if that is local to you!) told me that he "could find a use for it" and then proceeded to tell me he lives 50 miles away, round trip. I talked him out of it because that sounded silly for something you obviously don't need or really want!

And the swingset we have in our backyard that came with the house? Also free. Come and get it! Seven people were so excited (before I deleted the listing) and ONE showed up to check it out. She promised to return next week (ugh, the urgency of people!) to come get it. We'll see if that happens.


Brooke said... [Reply to comment]

I wonder if you'd have better luck Craigslisting the swing set for $50... Like if it's free, people automatically assume it's not any good?

I love getting a bargain, too. I just e-mailed David yesterday because the IDENTICAL buffet table that we bought for $150 and turned into our TV stand is for sale on CL for $699! It's probably in better condition than ours (the finish is rough in a few places) and I doubt anyone will pay that much for it, but still. I was excited to see it!

Caroline said... [Reply to comment]

Yeah I have a love hate too. Ya know what I hate - when people don't post pictures. I'm not gonna even bother of there's no picture. Why be so silly and not include one?!

$50 bike trailer would be sweet. I should look for one.

Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

I hate the process of selling stuff on sites like those. Hate having strangers come to my home and all the appointment no shows. Yet love picking up great deals and love the extra money you can earn! Love/hate indeed!

Mama Bear said... [Reply to comment]

I once e-mailed back and forth with a woman about a couch I was getting rid of. I stressed over and over that she needed to bring several strong men over to help her get it out of the attic room it was in and that it took five twenty-something men to get it up there and even then it was a challenge. She did show up (thankfully) but it was only her and another tiny woman. GRRRR.
Good luck!

Amy said... [Reply to comment]

If she doesn't pick up the swing set let me know- we are hopefully getting a backyard very soon and the boys would love one.
I use freecycle and I seriously don't understand why people don't show up- it is so rude. I've taken to leaving things on the curb for a few days first so I don't have to deal with the no-shows.

Danielle said... [Reply to comment]

Remind me to tell you about how I sold our badly damages, mold infested corolla for $500 on C-list and had 20 ppl waiting in line to buy it...

LauraJane said... [Reply to comment]

I bought pull-up diapers for $5 on clearance the other day. I bought 5 package, only one of which is pink princesses and the rest blue cars.

I was so excited.

I also bought a box of huggies snugglers in NB size and 100 huggies size 1 for $12 and $10 respectively. I am not pregnant. But I am crazy. ha.

DEALS are my favourite.

LauraJane said... [Reply to comment]

Ps. Mrs Meyers soap on sale!??! Save me some if you see it!!! ha!

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