Craigslist help...

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by nickelbackmac, Aug 11, 2006.

  1. nickelbackmac macrumors regular


    Jun 23, 2006
    Jonesboro, Arkansas USA
    OK, I have heard SO much about this Craigslist, I decided to check it out. If you answer an ad, and you don't live in that area, are you not able to even try to get the item? This is so confusing :confused: !
  2. dex22 macrumors regular

    Jun 17, 2003
    Round Rock, TX
    Whether or not the person will do business with you is entirely up to them. With Craigslist - they'll almost always go for the local, and deal in cash. It's just easier, and removes a lot of the trust issues of eBay, et al.
  3. bearbo macrumors 68000


    Jul 20, 2006
    yeah, i sell a lot of stuff on craigslist, i don't even bother to reply people who tells me they aren't local.

    I guess depend on how far you are, if you aren't too far, maybe you can drive there if you really want what you wanted. but almost certain, people don't ship stuff on craigslist
  4. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    That is the beauty of cragislist, dealing local. But I saw something I wanted in San Francisco once and since I was going to be up there, I just asked him if I could give a good faith payment via paypal and then pay the rest (including pay pal fees) to him when I got there in 2 weeks. He let me and I got what I wanted.
  5. California macrumors 68040


    Aug 21, 2004
    Nigerian scammers love computer ads on craigslist. Got two of them today. WHen I called them on it and I was cursed/cussed out for being an "***** white murderer"! The other claimed to be in Georgia so I told him/her that I have a Mac pal there -- I do -- who'd be willing to do the transaction in person.

    Of course, I've never heard from them again.
  6. KingYaba macrumors 68040


    Aug 7, 2005
    Up the irons
    :D That's funny.

    Yeah there are a bunch of scammers. Here's a responce from a common scammer:

    My name is Chris Diaz and I live in _______.The item is new with 12 months
    international warranty( with all standard accessories ) . It is an unwanted gift, bought for my birthday and I want to sell it asap!
    Here is how I want to go about delivery and payment for the product which will be through TNT and will also give you the chance to inspect the product before I receive the payment for.
    I will explain to you step by step how this will work.
    A. First you have to send me your shipping information (your name and address).
    1. After I have received your shipping info, I'll go to a TNT Location and I will leave the
    product onto your name and address as the intended receiver.
    2. TNT will check it to see that the unit was placed with all the papers and to see that is legal.
    B. You will receive a notification from TNT as a confirmation that the product is in their custody and also, that the product has been tested.
    1.TNT will send you an invoice, and if everything is in order, they will deliver the product to your door step.
    2. After you will receive the product and you will be completely satisfied with it, you will instruct TNT to release the payment information to me, so I can collect my money.
    C. If by any reason, you will not be satisfied with the product, you will return the product to TNT with no expenses.
    I will pay for the shipping and you will acquit the fee for the transferred amount .
    Let me know if we can do this!

    I asked what was TNT was and I wanted a website. So he gave me an email with "TNT" in the name ahahahahahaha
  7. spicyapple macrumors 68000


    Jul 20, 2006
    OMG. I love Craigslist. I was looking for an iPod nano and within 4 hours of contacting the seller, I walked away with a brand new iPod for $150 less than retail. That same night, I posted an ad to sell my iPod mini and the next day at noon, I was meeting a buyer to sell it. :)

    Getting great local deals and not having to pay sales taxes (13.5%) and shipping is just pudding. :p I live in a major city, so the buy/sells are easier than smaller cities. Craigslist works best if you deal locally, in cash, and with popular consumer items. Everything else I use eBay.
  8. ricgnzlzcr macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2005
    I sold my powerbook, my monitor, my ipod, a powermac, and soon to be a few more on craigslist. You'll always get the people who want you to ship it to their son who will be in college or to their friend in Ghana or something, but I just delete those and answer the ones where people want to pick up in person. I've had nothing but success and for apple stuff, I find it better to deal there where they get to toy around with the product before buying.

    In the past moth I've probably sold about $1440 worth of stuff and I couldn't be happier. That plus I picked up a tibook off ebay for $250!!!
  9. eidrunner247 macrumors 6502

    Jul 4, 2006
    Craigslist is great. That is amazing that you picked up a Tibook for 250! does it work? I think I might have you beat though... Yesterday I just picked up at powerbook off Craigslist for 15 dollars! The battery needs to be replaced, but it works great. (granted, it's a powerbook 190 and nearly ten years old, but whatever :-D)
  10. FF_productions macrumors 68030


    Apr 16, 2005
    Mt. Prospect, Illinois
    Another recomendation for Craigslist!!

    After months of no interest for a trade for my iMac G5 on MR I went to craigslist, and within a few days, I had a PowerMac G4 with a Cinema Display sitting on my desk. The guy is so damn cool, I still keep in touch with him.
  11. clayj macrumors 604


    Jan 14, 2005
    visiting from downstream
    For those who don't know, TNT is a UK shipping company similar to UPS or FedEx.

    And Craigslist is FAR superior to eBay when it comes to selling consumer electronics, as long as what you're trying to sell isn't targeting too specific of a market. (For example, I've sold a PB, a Mac mini, a TV, and other common electronics on Craigslist, but to sell a power supply that only fits a small number of Sony PCs, I had to go to eBay.) The fact that Craigslist is free and you actually meet buyers/sellers and you deal in CASH (or occasionally checks) makes it a lot safer, cheaper, and easier than eBay...

    ... as long as you don't ever ship anything or accept money orders. Local delivery only + cash (or checks if the person is really trustworthy) = good Craigslist experience. Money orders and/or shipping = just don't do it.
  12. Yoursh macrumors 6502

    May 28, 2006
    Trades are good also. I traded an extra ipod I had collecting dust to someone for his Powermac G4 w/ KB, mouse, monitor, original install discs, and 10.3 retail upgrade. (now in my sig.)
  13. danny_w macrumors 601

    Mar 8, 2005
    Austin, TX
    I love craigslist too, and have bought and sold a good deal that way, but I always insist on local sales for cash only and prefer to meet in a public place. Unfortunately, even though I clearly state in all of my ads that I will only deal locally and for cash, I inevitably get at least 2 emails from scammers within an hour after posting an ad; I just disregard them.

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