Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Craigslist Woes

The check's still missing. I hope it turns up soon.

When we got the kitchen redone, we got new appliances. Since the old ones worked (aside from the cooktop), we thought we should Craigslist them for free. After all, if someone wasn't too picky, then they might serve someone well for the next couple of years.

I took pictures of all the appliances and put them in the "free" section of Craigslist, said they were all white Kenmore appliances from 1995-ish and said you had to haul. I never thought it would be so darn difficult to get rid of free appliances!

All of these people respond and they say to call them, call their husband to arrange pick-up, blah blah blah. If I'm giving away free stuff, I don't want to wade through 50 e-mails telling me they are interested and that I need to call someone else. If you want it, then you can ask what would be a good time to pick it up, or suggest a time ... and then FOLLOW THROUGH. My favorites are the ones who just ask for an address. Umm, we need to make a time, I'm not giving a random person my address who doesn't give any intention of coming to pick it up. And if your e-mail name is "Cool ♥ Ameranth," then I might not think you're serious.

I've gotten rid of 1 of the 3 appliances. I don't feel like I should "cheat" on anyone. If someone says they will pick it up after work on Tuesday, then I hold it for them. And then they don't show up or say they can't make it, then I go to the next person. And since that will be arranged for pick-up the next day at the earliest, then I have yet another day to wait & be discouraged when that falls through.

Now I'm contemplating hauling all of the appliances to the driveway and putting on a Craigslist ad that the first taker gets the appliances. I know it's heartless, but I'm tired of corresponding with 50 (mostly not serious) people & just want them out of my garage.

I should exercise tonight, but my heart isn't in it.

1 comment:

Scrapping in Circles said...

A friend of mine once said you should always give everything a price. Even if it is only $5. Otherwise, you'll get lots of people who aren't really serious about whatever you're trying to get rid of. It's worked for me. Try it.