Craigslist SMH...

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Mikesus, Sep 28, 2013.

  1. Mikesus macrumors 6502

    Apr 7, 2011
    Ok, between the folks that want you to drive 45 minutes to deliver it, to the folks that want pictures at every angle (seriously folks, it looks like EVERY OTHER iPhone)

    And when it says I won't ship, no there isn't a super secret password that will make me say "Really I was kidding, I will ship to Saudi Arabia"

    Thinking of either hanging on or Gazelling later...

    /rant mode off

    (yes I feel better now :) )
  2. JoshGlzBrk macrumors 6502a


    Aug 27, 2009
    But your great distant second cousin twice removed prince of arabia left you a 10 million dollar fortune and you need to send the estate the smartphone first to make sure you're a real person before they can give you the money!
  3. user-name-here macrumors 65816

    Aug 31, 2013
    But it's a present for my best friends husbands fathers nieces baby who is on the front lines of the military! I would pick it up myself but I'm away in another country on a save the world mission through my church.

    Whats your paypal address? I'll forward the funds and throw in an extra $150 for your trouble!

    Oh you don't have paypal? Well its easy and free you can sign up for it right now at, go do it and let me know where to send the funds.

  4. Mikesus thread starter macrumors 6502

    Apr 7, 2011
    LOL Yeah, you have heard them too eh?
  5. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    What? You wont drive to Saudi Arabia?
    Careful of scammers on CL and if you meet locally do it at a public place that has some sort of surveillance system installed.
  6. Lucille Carter macrumors 65816

    Jul 3, 2013
    Craig's list will quickly show you how crazy the people are that love around you. If you do not keep your email private you will end up with more spam than you know what to deal with.

    When you are selling something like an iPhone, it is 10x worst!
  7. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    The sad thing is that they're there in CL, because it works. People do fall for the I'm out of the country, I'll pay you extra for it scam.

    I don't sell often on CL and the last time I did, I was surprised to get people not only trying to scam me, but also so call "escort" services. Girls emailing me they're so lonely and saw a kindred spirit from my for sale.
  8. billycuth macrumors 6502a

    Jul 31, 2010
    Only thing I have ever sold through craigslist was a 10'X10' dog fence. I have bought a few things (and gotten a few for free).

    I would never feel comfortable selling a phone to someone (though I did post my 4s there - it ended selling on ebay). I'd be too afraid they'd try to run off with my phone.

    I have contacted people on there about cars they are selling too (not the ridiculously underpriced ones) and even got a feeling those people were trying to scam me.

    It should be called scamslist.
  9. Velin macrumors 65816


    Jul 23, 2008
    Hearst Castle
    Go to Vegas, or if overseas, just about any major casino. If you are alone, it's evening, and you're in a bar or perhaps at the tables, they will approach you and proposition you, in a roundabout way. Like, ask how you are doing at the tables, are you visiting, how long are you there, spot me a chip for a round, etc. I've had some pretty bold ones.
  10. Mikesus thread starter macrumors 6502

    Apr 7, 2011
    Always... And bring your own protection, when seconds count, 911 is minutes away ;)
  11. javebookes macrumors newbie

    Sep 29, 2013
    yes,I'll forward the funds and throw in an extra $150 for your trouble!thanks[​IMG]
  12. g4manimac macrumors 6502

    Jan 22, 2013
    No lol gotta hear this one,I have postings on craigslist looking to BUY broken iPhones ONLY TO BUY because I mostly fix them and sell them on ebay or for parts but always on ebay and I get at least 2 emails a day saying (Hello do you still have the phone for sale I am interested in the phone you have for sale please send me all of your information (pay pal included) and I will send you the money very fast) I just laugh and go on with my day although I do get tired of seeing it but its just part of barter on the web!
  13. sk24iam macrumors regular

    Oct 25, 2009
    Do you live in a populated area/city? I've always been able to sell my phones fast on Craigslist without any problems in DC. Sure, there are a few sketchy emails here and there; I usually write cash only, price is firm, and local pickup only with a great description and great quality pictures. I just ignore the annoying emails and respond to the serious offers.
  14. Squilly macrumors 68020


    Nov 17, 2012
    You'd be surprised. I sold numerous things on Craigslist (including a car and iPhone). Never had any issues. Just know when something's a scam (cases where someone says "item" or wants you to ship it) and everyone else is honest. Most are just looking for a good deal, although the lowballers are beyond annoying.
  15. mcdj macrumors G3


    Jul 10, 2007
    For selling on CL, as far as the scammers are concerned, I've come up with something that seems to work pretty well, like a low fi captcha.

    I start the ad with:


    Then the description, price, terms, etc, then...

    Reply to this ad with the subject "YOUR IPHONE". Any reply that does not contain those exact words in the subject line will be flagged as a scam and ignored.

    The scammers can't seem to bothered to change the subject.

    Then I make a temporary smart email box for subject="YOUR IPHONE" and all legitimate replies get sent there.

    Then I make a second smart mailbox for the default subject line for a given ad I've posted, which is typically just the title you've given the ad, e.g. "FS: iPhone 5 64gb, mint".

    Any email with that subject line goes directly to junk.
  16. tgi macrumors 65816


    Aug 29, 2012
    That is pretty clever. If a scammer decides to actually change the subject line then more power to them.
  17. powerstrokin macrumors 6502a


    May 18, 2013
    Craigslist is A LOT different in areas of the country that aren't death/scam traps (BIG CITIES)

    Just throwing that out there.
  18. tgi macrumors 65816


    Aug 29, 2012
    So are you saying it's different as in better? Are bigger cites death/scam traps?

    I live in a large metropolitan area and find it's much better to use craigslist here than in a less populated area. There are more potential buyers. But of course with more potential buyers comes a greater chance of scams. Use common sense and everything will be fine.
  19. AppleFan91 macrumors 65816


    Sep 11, 2012
    Indy, US
    Had so many of these when I tried to sell my iPhone 5. It was crazy! Then I was getting emails that were spoofs from Paypal saying that all I had to do was reply to the email with the tracking number of the phone and the funds would be released. But there was a spelling error so I called Paypal and they said it was fake and do NOT ship them the device because the money was never sent. I ended up going to, they gave me the most because I used a 10% promo code so I got like $335.50 for my VZW iPhone 5.

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