Craigslist: Expectations vs. Realities

Craigslist: Expectations vs. Realities

Heather Blaha
Mar 7, 2007

We've acquired many things from Craigslist over the years, and have always had positive experiences. Since there are few hard and fast rules when it comes to etiquette and first come/first served issues, we were totally shocked to get pushed aside last week. We responded to an add about 10 minutes after it was posted; the seller wrote back immediately saying we could come any time the following day, and that he would happily assist us with lifting and loading the piece of furniture. After several emails and setting up a time, I waited for his promised address...

A couple hours before I was due to see/pick up the item, I received an email from the guy saying, "Hey! Sorry but someone else bought it this morning." Now, how many of you think that's okay, given the fact that he and I had agreed on a time for viewing and hopefully for the sale? Needless to say, we were disappointed.

What are your expectations as buyers and practices as sellers in the world of Craigslist commerce??

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