Am I the only one who thinks that weekends go by very quickly? It’s already time for FMM, and this week we are talking about Craig’s List.
Today, Amber wants to know:
Do you use Craigslist?
What have your experiences been? Good or bad?
What was the best thing you’ve ever bought?
What was the best deal you ever sold?
I use Craigslist from time to time to sell my cell phone or laptop so I can “upgrade” to the latest thing. I do it with handbags from time to time too, but Blackberries, laptops and iPods usually sell very quickly.
I don’t Craigslist as much now as I did in the past (mostly because) I cannot be bothered. I also had a particularly bad experience with it the week I moved to NY. I had planned to meet someone in front of Barnes & Noble at their old location on 86th & Lexington on the Upper East Side. This is an extremely safe neighborhood, and I made arrangements to walk down to meet him in the afternoon.
The guy arrived in a very expensive car, wearing a nice suit. And he seemed totally friendly which made me feel at ease so when he asked if he could check whether the internet was working or not, I said okay. He walked toward his car, pretending he couldn’t find good signal, hopped in and took off. I freaked out, stopped a policeman who was more aggravated that I was bothering him than he was that someone had just stolen my Macbook (which, by the way, was in perfect condition. I’m just saying.)
Obviously, I would not have been fast enough to chase this guy because he was in a car while I was on foot. And I wasn’t very quick on my feet anyway. My legs were so sore from walking up and down four flights (22 steps each) several times a day, and all of the walking around the city was still completely new to me at that time too.
After that happened I stayed away from CL for a while, but when I was ready to sell my Blackberry I met a girl inside Gourmet Garage in Soho. We had spoken a couple times that day, and everything went according to plan.
I still use Craigslist from time to time, but if I do I meet inside a restaurant where everyone knows me. And I don’t go alone. It’s too easy to get ripped off. Don’t get me wrong…I do think it can be a good service. It’s just rarely worth the risk for me anymore.
In Amber’s post, she mentioned hearing about Craigslist in the news. And there has definitely been some terrible stuff going on through that site, but that’s not really surprising to me. No matter how good something is, there will always be people out there trying to ruin it for the rest of us.
If I use Craigslist again, I will still be sure to meet in a very public place. I will never give out my address or other personal information. And I will not meet anyone alone, outside or after dark. I do my best to be safe wherever I am, and I hope that will always be enough.
If you want to join the FMM fun, check out Amber’s blog for the details.