Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Craigslist Shoppers

Not sure why people have either the time or the will to do this, but I have noticed that there are a lot of window shoppers on the site.  Window shopping is cool, but why would you reach out to the buyer?  That's like going up to the register at Louis Vuitton with a $1,000 purse and insisting you will purchase it -- then never taking out your credit card.

Yes, there are a lot of scammers as well on Craigslist and my favorite part about them is that they always say, "God bless you" and copy/paste the same stupid paragraph about how easy it is to consummate your transaction through PayPal.  For novices reading this post, I would like to tell you that unless the individual does a bank-to-bank transfer, the bank can always cancel your transaction once they find out the Credit Card used was stolen.  Neither the Credit Card company nor PayPal will take responsibility for this loss.  Guess who ends up paying out of pocket at the end of the day?  In my situation, I would be short $10,000 in cash as well as missing a watch.

Sorry for the tangent, back to our regularly scheduled programming...

My guess is these are mainly individuals who pretend to have money and try to solicit the product being sold to maybe make themselves feel better about their situation in life.  I have done my best to treat everyone equally and with courtesy but I have to admit it quickly shows for a lot of these individuals that they no way have the funds to purchase the item.

For example, I had this gentleman that I deduced to be a student in college who wanted to buy a watch I listed for $10,000.  Initially, he just seemed uncertain and I did my best to educate him.  In fact, I recommended he start with a cheaper model.  Somehow this hurts his ego so he insists that he wants to buy a $10,000 watch, then one day later asks me if a $450 20-year old Rolex is a good deal and will hold it's value.

Seriously, you may not have a job or money, but it's frankly rude to waste someone else's time. We all do have better things to do.

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