Okay, so people in my local area really suck when it comes to the Buy and Sell section on Facebook. I’m going through my closet in a last ditch effort to not only make some room, but to also bring in some cash.
I’ve got a lot of nice jackets and things that have never been worn and are just sitting pretty in my closet. Perfect condition.
Here’s a sample ad I posted up.
“Bought this dress in the summer time for a wedding. I lost some weight, it doesn’t fit and never has been worn as I chose a different outfit. It’s very comfortable, very well made and a nice fabric. Must pick up. Cash only. Price firm (even stated original price which was $100). From a clean home, pet free, no smoking, no bugs.“
Pretty straight forward, right? I mean, it’s written in plain English, as plain as this writer can make it be.
A message popped up an hour later.
“Is this still available? $40.”
Did I mention I H A T E lowballers? Like with a fiery passion.
“Is this new?’ she says.
“Price firm. Read the description.”
“What’s it made of?” she says.
By this point, I know she’s just messing with me to waste time. Or maybe she really doesn’t know how to read? I told her as much, blocked her – and then found out that my ad had been FLAGGED for being inapprioriate for Facebook. What?
It’s women’s clothing. It’s a DRESS. Shared to the women’s clothing category. Are dresses no longer considered women’s clothing? I know this crazy lady must have reported my ad.
So, curiously, I went through my history of messages from past attempts to sell the same items to see my history of messages — from mostly the same items that I tried selling back in the summer time.
And sure enough, most of the exchanges went the same way. Then I went over to kijii to check messages from previous sales, and there was this gem.
Before returning a keyboard that I had just purchased from Amazon, to the retailer, I thought I would try and sell it on kijji – which is a name I can never spell correctly. This was my first message received. The keyboard was BRAND new. I still had the box, packaging and had only hooked it up to my machine once. ONE time. I was asking $280 even though I paid $300 for it.
I see this had an MSRP of 300 CAD with a couple hundred dollars in software included and the ad was posted over a month ago, if it is still available and you have decided to accept a more reasonable price since then I offer 100 CAD
It was a brand new keyboard that had only been used ONCE. I mean, come on dude. Just because the ad is old, doesn’t mean the product information has changed.
Then there’s my favorite type of buyer: I don’t have money, and I don’t have a car, can you meet me at this address?
This exchange happened on a $40 jean jacket that I still have hanging in my closet. Even after receiving about a dozen messages from people who were “serious” about buying it.
“Is this still available?” she said.
“Yes. For pick up. Price firm,” I replied preemptively.
“Oh, so you can’t meet me?” she asked.
“No,” I said.
“But I don’t drive. Can’t you just meet me here? Also, I can’t afford $40 – can I give you $20?” she said.
Sigh. “I live downtown, I don’t have a car for a reason (parking is INSANE) – and no, price firm,” I say politely.
“Oh, okay then,” she said.
A week later, feeling all the deja vu’s, another message from her pops up.
“So, is this still available?”
Do you have any buy and sell horror studies?
Here’s a video of an old friend of mine, Foamy the Squirrel, who sums up my thoughts exactly here. I couldn’t find a suitable rant on youtube for this post – so, enjoy this little song. No apologies for the language in this video. Adult content. I still find it hilarious all these years later. Foamy, is an evil squirrel who desires to become an Evil Overlord of the world.