AUTHOR: Marty, a.k.a. canape TITLE: I hate Craig's List DATE: 9/17/2007 09:24:00 PM ----- BODY:
About once a year, I have a momentary lapse of reason and post some furniture or something on Craig's List. I don't know why I do this. I hate Craig's List, and always regret using it.

Last year, I posted a bunch of my furniture because Guy and I were consolidating. Doing the married thing. Combining households. I had been fortunate enough to be the receiver of many pieces of furniture that people no longer wanted, and at this point, they had been used and loved beyond Guy's discriminating taste. Read: he wanted new stuff.

The Craig's List people emailed and set up times to come and purchase my goods. Then they didn't show up. Or they showed up and decided they didn't want it after all. Or they showed up and wanted to give me $0.17 for it. I literally backed one little man out of the house, pointing across his shoulder at the door saying, "Get the hell out of my house now, buddy."

He had offered me a couple of bucks for a fourth generation cedar chest in perfect condition. Um, I wasn't even selling the damn cedar chest. Dipwad.

So today, I list some chairs. A pair of green chairs that Guy bought when he bought this house. They don't fit anymore and no one likes to sit in them. They have to go. I also list a pair of leather chairs and an ottoman that there is nowhere to put. They are lovely and we adore them, but there is simply no room. We have guitared and pianoed ourselves out of space for furniture.

All the chairs are insanely cheap. Because we just want them to go away. And because I don't want to haggle with people. I post a picture of each, the price, and the condition.

Within the hour, I get emails.

How much are the chairs? It's in the listing, you stupid moron.

Can you send me another picture? No. Just open the listing and squint if you can't see it.

How tall are the chairs? I don't know. They are big person chairs. Why do you care?

Where did you buy them? Geez people. They are cheap ass chairs. Do you want them or not?

Why are you getting rid of them? Because I don't want them anymore, Einstein.

Can I come by for a viewing? No, creepo. It's not a furniture store or a funeral home. Viewing. Gah. You can come by and buy them, turd muffin.

So I promise one pair of chairs to a nice lady over the phone. She doesn't show up tonight to get them. Butthole. At least she called and left a message that she wasn't coming. Then I promised the other set to another lady who upped my price just so she could have them.

Now, I've promised all four chairs to another lady who upped the price anymore. At least they aren't haggling downwards. However, I feel completely evil going back on my word with someone.

Even though the likelihood of anyone actually following through and purchasing these chairs (and an ottoman!) is slim to none. So who cares who I promise them to?

I hate Craig's List. And yet I continue to torture myself. Please make me stop.

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----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Anonymous DATE:Monday, September 17, 2007 at 10:42:00 PM EDT Have you thought about donating them and getting a tax write-off? It really saves alot of the hassle of dealing with people. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Marty, a.k.a. canape DATE:Monday, September 17, 2007 at 10:47:00 PM EDT Not a bad idea. But moving furniture right now is not an option. Plus, we have to replace the chairs with something - a little cash towards that is better than a write off in this case.

Freecycle is great too. I've been getting rid of some smaller things that way. There are local chapters all over the country. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Clifford DATE:Tuesday, September 18, 2007 at 12:16:00 AM EDT Note to Canape-tay: don't become a frequent eBay or CL seller in your soon-to-be-non-existent spare time.

(all of those are common questions, no matter how well you've fleshed out the ad. no, people don't read the entire listing. no, they can't understand dollar signs and the numbers which follow. the ability to approximate the dimensions of stuff in pictures is lost when purchasing merchandise. and no, "price is firm" does not mean the same thing in eBay/CL-land as it does in the United States.) ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Bananas DATE:Tuesday, September 18, 2007 at 1:45:00 AM EDT I'll give you two dollar.

Just kidding. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Maddie DATE:Tuesday, September 18, 2007 at 1:53:00 AM EDT I just love you because you use the term dipwad. Most awesome. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Bubblewench DATE:Tuesday, September 18, 2007 at 6:46:00 AM EDT I had a very very bad experience with freecycle. Watch it if you go through them.

Hopefully your local chapter is better then the one I approached.

I think you're stuck with Craig's list if you want to make a buck.. do you have the local penny pincher mag? They are usually really cheap to run an ad in. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous The Farm House Kids DATE:Tuesday, September 18, 2007 at 9:18:00 AM EDT 'turd muffin' .... hahhaha! I haven't seen that in ages! Just because you talk like me, I'll up the final offer! You will pay the shipping to Indiana won't you?

Oh, can I see a picture! (ducking)

Tanya ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous The Farm House Kids DATE:Tuesday, September 18, 2007 at 9:20:00 AM EDT One more thing... I sold some baby stuff and you wouldn't believe the retard questions.

Why do you have three highchairs? Why do you have three pack-n-plays?
Why do you have three, etc...

It's a TRIPLET SALE like the ad says ...

Tanya ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous slouchy DATE:Tuesday, September 18, 2007 at 9:45:00 AM EDT I am constantly amazed by the idiocy of so many, too many, people. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Paige Jennifer DATE:Tuesday, September 18, 2007 at 11:33:00 AM EDT Just put them out for special trash and I'll send you five dollars. Better? ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Amy DATE:Tuesday, September 18, 2007 at 12:54:00 PM EDT I love Freecycle. I get tons of baby crap. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Ally DATE:Tuesday, September 18, 2007 at 4:34:00 PM EDT Turd muffin. That one cracked me up. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Liz DATE:Tuesday, September 18, 2007 at 9:43:00 PM EDT Those are some nice chairs! How much are you asking and can I come by for a viewing?

:-) ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Stella DATE:Tuesday, September 18, 2007 at 9:57:00 PM EDT I enjoy when people ask me do you think they'll fit in my living room? It's a small room?
Well, let's see...is your living room made for normal sized people or dollhouse people?? Idiots! And no, I won't ship your chairs to Indonesia!!!

Alison
www.mommountain.blogspot.com ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Jennifer, Playgroups Are No Place For Children DATE:Tuesday, September 18, 2007 at 10:24:00 PM EDT Turd Muffin!!!! I'm calling someone that tomorrow!!! Not sure who, but it's too good not to use! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous slackermommy DATE:Wednesday, September 19, 2007 at 1:33:00 PM EDT I get the same emails and questions when I list stuff. I recently sold a leather couch that must not have looked as nice in the photo as I thought. It would not sell after weeks so I lowered the price and sold it. The woman who bought it was shocked at how much nicer it was when she saw it. I'm kicking myself because I could have gotten more had I taken a better photo. It was a very nice couch. That woman got a deal! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Heather, Queen of Shake Shake DATE:Wednesday, September 19, 2007 at 2:19:00 PM EDT I hated selling stuff too. I had soooo many no shows that I finally started telling people to come whenever they said and if I had some where I ended up having to be at that time, i just went.

Nothing irritated me more than waiting for a no-show. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous gail DATE:Wednesday, September 19, 2007 at 4:27:00 PM EDT Stop it damn it. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Kathy's Surprise Party DATE:Wednesday, September 19, 2007 at 4:48:00 PM EDT I know!!! Everytime I use craigslist the same thing happens to me. I've come to the conclusion that the shoppers that respond to my ads are flaky idiots. I like freecycle.com. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Whymommy DATE:Thursday, September 20, 2007 at 10:46:00 AM EDT I even have trouble with the FREECYCLE folks showing up! I don't do it anymore. Which is too bad. Because I love freecycle. But it doesn't always work.

Gah. Hope your chairs are gone. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Mrs. Chicken DATE:Friday, September 21, 2007 at 9:09:00 AM EDT I totally understand. But I can't say I hate Craig's List totally. I got my angel babysitter from CL. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Anonymous DATE:Wednesday, July 23, 2008 at 5:51:00 PM EDT Here's a new website that's better than Craigslist, and not so cluttered with spammers: http://www.freepersonalclassifieds.com ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Anonymous DATE:Monday, September 1, 2008 at 12:36:00 AM EDT but you also have to blame the seller too....for instance, i was buying a computer video card from some guy and all he gave me was the brand, and said to gooogle the rest...well what the F**K am i googling dumbass!!!

*all im saying is that people just need to use more common sense!! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous ~*ss*~ DATE:Tuesday, December 9, 2008 at 2:03:00 PM EST i used cl a lot last year to get rid of my stuff before i moved...

now, the amount of money i made equaled to the amount that the lowlifes who showed up stole from me.
i'm a single mom w. a new baby so couldn't keep an eye on them all the time.

my stuff was listed waaaay cheap, and yet people still bargained...and STOLE.
i had a new batter charger stolen, pruning shears, a large floor heater, large ceramic pot, vintage tonka truck, AND when you list garage sales, people show up after midnight in trucks hoping to steal more if you're not home...
like my new patio swing, glass end table, new handtruck, and god i can go on.
and on top of all the theft, and hard work putting the damn ads on craigslist, only to have them flag it down for ???? whatever reason.
not to mention all those people who don't show up.

i aint using cl anymore.
plus some of those lowlifes look like they are on parole... ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous AJ DATE:Sunday, April 5, 2009 at 10:38:00 PM EDT I am with you, here is what I use for apartment hunting on craigslist. http://www.slickhunt.com

Makes life much better. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous momingle DATE:Sunday, April 19, 2009 at 9:46:00 PM EDT I don't blame you. I hate craigslist too. I especially hate its interface. Why do I have to pick a particular city to post? Why can't I just put the address in or search by zip code. That is why I just created MoMingle . It allows anyone to post location-based ads or messages on a map. Try it out. If you like it, tell your friends. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Anonymous DATE:Monday, April 27, 2009 at 12:31:00 PM EDT http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSV7Si60ZCQ ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Craig DATE:Thursday, June 25, 2009 at 6:32:00 PM EDT not trying to spam but that's why i created my new site. check it out and give me some love... craigslist needs to be dethroned.

www.sellfreeusa.com

Thanks
Craig ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Anonymous DATE:Monday, September 21, 2009 at 11:10:00 PM EDT Craig's List is a bunch of weirdos. they flag peole selling cake. They need to flag the dick pics of those gays showing their private stuff. The dummies about the chairs are just DIPWADS. FUNNY!!!. STOP POSTING THERE!!!!!
Build your own site. That will help you to stop and all the money will come your way. Do waht facebook did to myspace. BUMP UM OUT! Start yoour own Ad site that looks and works better. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Deborah DATE:Monday, October 12, 2009 at 8:09:00 AM EDT Next time try americanlisted.com

I particularly had a good experience with them when selling a bed frame.

And I was not bothered by a bunch of weirdos as the one expects from Craigslist. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Anonymous DATE:Tuesday, November 17, 2009 at 1:15:00 PM EST Bonjour, canapesun.blogspot.com!
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