November 9, 2009

What I've Learned About People From Craiglist

Until a few months ago, I had never really thought much about Craigslist. Frankly I didn't think it was that great an idea and pretty much ignored it. Then I started hearing more and more about it from Mr. Sexypants, AKA my man, and decided that maybe I should give it a try. Since hours were cut so drastically on my project, any way to make ends meet sounded like a good idea. Soooo, I started out slow. Just an item here and there, nothing too big.

It was okay at first but I soon found out that Craigslist is much like Freecycle. The majority of people I came into contact with fall into one or more of the following categories:

A: They cannot read-
B: They cannot comprehend what they read
C: They're positive they should not ever pay the price listed in the ad
D: They generally don't show up
E: They don't show up, don't send an email and then get really mad when a week later someone else has bought the item
F: They're rude
G: No matter how many times you say in the ad to bring people to load the item, they will come alone and expect you to help.
H: They ask 100 questions and then ask them again in case the answer has magically changed
I: They're annoying as all hell

Now this of course doesn't apply to ALL the users I met. Some were not only very prompt and polite, they were downright pleasant people. They were few and far between though.

Soooooo, I'm thinking perhaps I'll just stick with selling things at the flea market when I feel like going up there. Not that those people are any nicer really, but they're already there lol. That's progress at least right?



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