CRAIGSLIST: Dumb stuff callers say when answering your listing

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by Phage, Feb 23, 2013.

  1. Phage

    Phage Mad Scientist Premium Member

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    Craigslist should have a mental health warning on it......

    You know when you carefully write a clear add with descriptions, prices and pictures for all to see, and then people call and either have not read the add or more often try it on. [​IMG] [​IMG] ??

    Please vent on here. It may help with the frustration and annoyance (and entertain the rest of us) . You can also [​IMG]your caller without going to jail [​IMG]

    Some recent good ones:

    "How do you know if your chickens are healthy if they have not been to the vet????? " [​IMG]

    In answer to an add for cream legbars: "So the hens are not $10?" [​IMG]

    In answer to an add for day old chicks: "do you have any roosters, I am looking for big roosters, you know what I mean, big strong roosters" [​IMG]

    "I live 20 miles from you so could you do it for half price?" [​IMG]
     
  2. UrbanChickenSF

    UrbanChickenSF Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hahaha the half price comment is pretty funny!

    I sold my Nintendo DS to a family last week via Craigslist and they paid me $70 in 5s, 1s, and quarters. Lots of quarters.
     
  3. mandelyn

    mandelyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OMG Yes! I've heard the "I live X miles away, can I get a discount?" or "Will you deliver? I'm 100 miles away".

    Add for Marans - call about Orpingtons. Sorry, only what's listed is for sale. If I had more, I'd say so.

    I started caging the birds on the front porch, people kept trying to buy stuff I wanted to keep. So, someone asked about the wicker set on the front porch. No, sorry, I'm just selling these chickens.

    Another time this guy came to get 3 turkeys. He sat on the front porch and did bible readings for an hour and preached his own tune and explained his own take on it all. He was weird but congrats to the Turkeys for landing a no-kill home. Though the trip home was likely traumatizing because it was on a large flat bed diesel truck in a dog crate. I wonder what the neighbors thought?

    "If you still have them in a week can I have them for free?" No. Clearly you don't understand the thriving poultry market in this area.

    "I saw your add, can I come get them in 2 weeks when I get paid?" Yeah, I'll totally hold them without payment for 2 weeks while ignoring the other 25 calls. Though I did actually hold birds with payment and delivered them way off into Kentucky, because I was impressed with how trusting the lady was. Since she trusted me so much, I wasn't going to let her down. Usually people are incredibly suspicious.

    Seriously though, when I write an add that states "Six laying hens, all 1 year old, these listed breeds, healthy and still in active lay" why do I get calls asking how old they are and if they're laying eggs?

    On the flip side I wonder how well the 4 word adds work. Title says "Laying hens", add reads "Laying hens for sale". Nothing else.

    People can be so weird. I have this question I say to myself a lot... "I wonder if he knows how creepy he's being?". Though women can be creepy too. This one lady was totally trying to pick my husband up right in front of me. She was commenting on all the things he had built around the house. Started commenting on how strong he must be. Started in on her terrible dating decisions and how she should have found one like him. (insert her batty eye lashes and my own eye roll). Terrible, just terrible. Though the bible reading guy who had come to get the turkeys sure was asking a lot about me, and my husband of course had his two cents to throw in after he had left. I think he teased me for 3 days after that one.

    Grin and bear it. Take the money and send them on their way. Tell yourself the next people will be normal. I'd say only about 25% of CL responders are... interesting... people.

    It's ok to have fun with it. Once a caller asked if I had any goats for sale. I only had a chicken add out. So I said "No, do you have any Emu for sale?" He didn't.
     
  4. michickenwrangler

    michickenwrangler To Finish Is To Win

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    I was actually a "goat agent" for a year for someone who didn't have internet. Some of the responses and questions were quite amusing/annoying and I was always surprised at how many people "window shopped" for animals.

    Examples:

    3 yr old Saanen Doe, currently bred to registered Toggenburg buck. Offspring elig. for experimental registration. Downsizing herd. $125
    Customer: I have 3 Nigerian billys. Will you take them in trade?
    What I was thinking: If we're downsizing, why would I take THREE goats in trade?

    Customer: Is the dough bred?
    What I was thinking: Is it spell-checker or is this person trying to get a hold of the Sara Lee retail store?


    And as often as I told people, DO NOT USE GPS! my road does not exist on any maps, please follow the directions that I give you, I would invariably get a call from the canoe livery from someone saying, "We can't find your road. We put it into the GPS and we can't find the road we're supposed to turn on."
     
  5. MeatKing

    MeatKing Chillin' With My Peeps

    That's not so bad, they were probly trying to buy their child a gift, and literly had to count change to do it,, Been there, done that

    they probley ment to cash it in, but had to work late or something and didn't have the chance. It's all money in the end
     
  6. UrbanChickenSF

    UrbanChickenSF Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think you are totally right. I just wasn't expecting so much small change!
     
  7. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Or my thought was the kid saved the money themself. My kids have counted out change for things, and bartered/dickered on price. It's our way of life.
     
  8. oldrooster

    oldrooster One Crazy Nut

  9. Posting to subscribe. I never use craigslist for this reason.
     
  10. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    "Will you hold it for me till Friday?"




    I get this exact question hundreds of times a year.
    Cause apparently everyone thinks there money is better than everyone else's an I should turn down cash today to wait on there cash at the end of the week....
     

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