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Clueless about Craigslist

Is this response to my Craigslist ad weird/a scam? [more inside]
posted by brittanyq on Jul 15, 2014 - 17 answers

Why would a potential Craigslist landlord ask for my birthday?

Is there a scam I'm not aware of, or any reason why I shouldn't tell this person my birthday? I can't think of why I shouldn't, but it just seems a little strange. I would ask them why they want the info, but don't want to come across as strange, in case this is a normal thing. [more inside]
posted by taupe on Jun 18, 2014 - 15 answers

Best methods for gauging the reliability of used cars

So I'm in the market for purchasing my first ever (used) car. I'm definitely a planner, but I'm having a bit of difficulty gauging how reliable a used car will be. There are tons of resources whenever I just google the car model + year, but I have no idea how reliable these reviews are or whether they're statistically significant. Want to get a bit more info besides my friend's first-hand accounts of their car problems, but I'm having trouble with this. Any recommendations for websites or tools to help me parse this data? For what it's worth, I'm looking for a small, manual car under ~$9000 in the PNW.
posted by aleatorictelevision on May 29, 2014 - 24 answers

Used Bicycle Purchasing Guidance

What guides do you recommend for purchasing a used bike on Craigslist? Your input is much appreciated, too. [more inside]
posted by glaucon on May 22, 2014 - 5 answers

Buying a used motorbike on Craigslist with the title to be mailed after?

I'm considering purchasing a used motorcycle from a Craigslist seller (in Virginia/Washington DC). There is a lien on the title which he is to pay off after purchase. Am I being naive? [more inside]
posted by austere on May 18, 2014 - 15 answers

Buying a used iPad and not getting ripped off - help!

I want to buy a used iPad - third or fourth generation, and avoid Apple's high refurbished prices. What should I know? Where and how should I look? How to avoid eBay scams? [more inside]
posted by catatethebird on May 17, 2014 - 8 answers

Help me find an app developer

When I post ads to places like Craigslist or Odesk, I get responses from people who have hotel management experience but no reference to software, computers or anything related. Or, from seemingly highly qualified people in India. I would like to be close enough to meet the person I'm paying maybe thousands of dollars for this. I know face to face is no guarantee of honesty, but it feels better than anonymous. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind on May 5, 2014 - 12 answers

CL posting help - apartment post only shows up under specific searches

I'm trying to rent an apartment on Craigslist. The issue is that after my post has been successfully put up, it only appears when searching criteria fit the details of my post. What I mean: It's a 3 bedroom, so if someone searches in my area for 3BR, the ad will appear. However, if someone just goes into the general "all apartments" section the ad does not appear. What gives? Looking through the application section again, I don't see how I could have done things differently. Am I missing a radio button to do this? Should I classify it as 0-3 BR in the ad setup? Does CL charge for different add access?
posted by Reasonably Everything Happens on Apr 13, 2014 - 4 answers

How do I find a couple people to cheaply move a few pieces of furniture?

I'm planning to get some cheap/free used furniture from family/friends, thrift stores and maybe craiglist. I don't know anyone who's strong enough to carry it up to a second story apartment (no elevator). How do I find someone to do this that isn't a full-service moving company? [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Mar 10, 2014 - 22 answers

What services and sites have you replaced Craigslist with?

What do you now use instead of Craigslist for finding rentals, jobs, activities, etc.? I'm interested in both the paid and free options you've found.
posted by ziggly on Jan 27, 2014 - 15 answers

Easing my way into the 2000s

Getting an iPhone / smartphone for the first time! Is ebay/Craigslist an okay place to start? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on Dec 26, 2013 - 15 answers

HTML on Craigslist Problem

Craigslist no longer allows the HTML A command. This is a hardship for me as I often sell several items in different Craigslist categories and can no longer post a link to all of my items for sale. Hoping someone can help me figure out another way to do this. [more inside]
posted by You Get A Favorite For Being A Snowflake on Dec 18, 2013 - 6 answers

Home Laundromat!

I would like to buy a used washer/dryer and thought I'd pick your collective brains. I've been in apartments with coin op laundry for so long the thought of buying a washer/dryer is daunting. I looked on craigslist and there are scads and scads of washers and dryers and the prices run from stoopid cheap to stoopid expensive. [more inside]
posted by ian1977 on Nov 20, 2013 - 18 answers

Down to the wire

I'm looking for an Oct. 1st roommate share in Brooklyn, and so far I'm coming across shockingly few places listed on Craigslist. Is there another list I'm not aware of? I already put word out to my network. Details: -- I've lived in BK for six years (Crown Heights + Park Slope), and have never had trouble finding a place before. --Budget is $1100 and under. --Looking to stay for 6 months or longer --I'm searching under "rooms & shares" AND "sublets & temporary" Thanks!!
posted by jessca84 on Sep 20, 2013 - 7 answers

Logistics of having an instrument checked out before sale

In the last 10 years, I've moved my french horn about twice as many times as I've played it, so I finally put it on craigslist. I have a few buyers interested, and they have asked to have it checked out by someone before purchasing. That seems entirely wise and I'm happy to comply, but I'm unsure of the logistics of how to do this. Obviously, I'm not going to just hand the instrument to some stranger who comes to my door and promises they'll bring a bunch of money back to me if they like what they see. On the other hand, the buyer probably wants to have actual contact with the person who does the checking, and not just take my word that everything is fine. What is the standard way to make this happen? I imagine it would be something like what happens when you get a prospective used car checked by your mechanic, but I don't know how that really works either. Bonus question: I assume somebody has to pay the guy to look at the horn... buyer, right? I would also like to spend as little time as possible dealing with this.
posted by juliapangolin on Sep 17, 2013 - 10 answers

Please help me make a decision about my motorcycle

I made what I believe was a mistake in purchasing a used (90s) cruiser motorcycle on CL. It starts very inconsistently and frequently dies at stoplights. I need help determining the best course of action. [more inside]
posted by xiaolongbao on Sep 12, 2013 - 14 answers

Un-Scalped Tickets in Michigan

I have season tickets for a university sports team and would like to sell tickets to some of the games. How can I do this profitably but legally in the state of Michigan and avoid selling to a police officer? [more inside]
posted by drosophelia on Sep 6, 2013 - 6 answers

For sale: one bed of indeterminate value

When I moved into my apartment, the previous tenant left behind his kid's twin bed, which has been sitting in a corner covered with books for the last year. I want to finally get rid of it (on Craigslist or similar) but I have no idea what the asking price should be. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Merzbau on Aug 21, 2013 - 10 answers

Craigslist

Best practices for selling things on Craigslist? I have a bunch of random things I'd like to get rid of by selling them on Craigslist. But I have no idea how that works, so I have a lot of questions. What things sell well on Craigslist and what doesn't? How do you price stuff? Where do you meet the person? (I don't think I want randoms showing up at my apartment.) What's the best way to put up an ad? How to avoid scams? What happens between when someone responds to your ad and you decide to sell the item to them. Anything else I need to know? Things I would like to sell include some 4 or 5 year old Lego sets (Vikings, Star Wars, a house, and some others), an airport extreme, maybe a CRT tv, an few years old but never used crock pot, etc. If it's relevant, I'm in Chicago.
posted by nooneyouknow on Jul 31, 2013 - 36 answers

Is CarBuyCo a reputable service? Experiences?

CarBuyCo is offering me my asking craigslist price for my vehicle I haven't been able to sell? [more inside]
posted by lattiboy on Jul 20, 2013 - 7 answers

Apartment searching in competitive area... tips?

I have started searching for potential apartments almost two months ahead of time to get a feel for size / rent for places in the neighborhood I like. I have quickly learned it's a very popular place to live, and I could use advice on etiquette when going through this process. I feel like it's almost like a job interview. Below is a scenario I encountered and if it doesn't work out, then what can I learn from it? Any owner/landlord input would be greatly appreciated! [more inside]
posted by hillabeans on Jul 15, 2013 - 8 answers

Best and safest way to privately sell a car.

I am in Missouri. I have a car that I'd like to sell, but I'm concerned about how to do the transaction safely and securely. It's a desirable used car on which I owe about 12k. Similar cars with more mileage are selling in the $17k-$18k range (trade-in is in the $15k range). We're going to replace this car with a lease with payments I'm happy with, so I'd like to cash out that equity. [more inside]
posted by Jacob G on Jul 14, 2013 - 9 answers

Take my couch, please!

Looking to offload (donate/sell/giveaway) some furniture in Berkeley CA this week, but don't know what's the best route. We need help! [more inside]
posted by kendrak on Jun 20, 2013 - 15 answers

What scam am I a victim of?

I applied for an administrative assistant job posted on Craigslist and a man offered me a position for a start-up business in the small mid-western city we live in. We exchanged some e-mails and agreed to the terms that I would run some errands for him (for pay) while he was overseas for 3 weeks. He sent me a check for $2500, $300 of which is my pay and the rest is to complete some tasks. The check is a cashier's check from a third party who owes him money. This all feels fishy and I feel stupid. What's really going on?
posted by anonymous on May 31, 2013 - 20 answers

Does anyone even buy desktops?

Is there a market for custom built computers sold through an independent person, versus Dell or HP? [more inside]
posted by trogdole on May 18, 2013 - 32 answers

Best way to go about radically downsizing a 3 bedroom house?

We're moving into a 38' RV in the next month and getting rid of our three bedroom apartment. We're trying not to put too much in storage so the vast majority of stuff has to go. I'm getting overwhelmed and I'm not sure of the best way to go about this. [more inside]
posted by desjardins on May 15, 2013 - 42 answers

How do I make sure not to get scammed on a Craigslist sublet?

I'm traveling over the summer (for a month) and found a short-term sublet on Craigslist that seems perfect. The current tenant (who is renting her 1br in a 2br apt) has agreed to let me stay and has asked me to transfer a deposit to her bank account. It is an actual bank (rather than Western Union or something of that sort), but I don't know enough - nor have I been able to find enough by searching online - to find out if this is "safe." [more inside]
posted by lxs on May 12, 2013 - 17 answers

Buying electronics on Craigslist

Should I buy a TV off of Craigslist? [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger on May 2, 2013 - 12 answers

Buying used air conditioners

Craigslist regularly has listings for units that are almost $500 cheaper than what I would pay retail. What should I be looking out for with used air conditioners? [more inside]
posted by laptolain on Apr 24, 2013 - 6 answers

Help me not get scammed buying a computer used

After my previous question, I'm considering buying a used Mac laptop via Craigslist. Help me not get scammed? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Apr 5, 2013 - 8 answers

Safety When Selling Things

I (mid-20s female) just sold a chair to someone in my apartment complex after posting signs up in some common areas. The guy saw me posting the signs and asked to buy the chair so I made him wait outside my apartment so I could wheel the chair out. He was very nice but he gave me the creeps a little and now I am worried that I put myself in a vulnerable position by allowing him to see where I live. What can I do to keep myself safe now that he knows where I live, and how can I handle transactions like this in the future so I don't endanger myself again? I did take a picture of his license plate just because it felt like the right thing to do.
posted by These Birds of a Feather on Feb 16, 2013 - 41 answers

Should I find an apartment without seeing it in person?

I am trying to find an apartment in a city across the country in the U.S., before moving there. I am unable to see the apartment/roommates in person before moving, because I am trying to leave my abusive family and can't let on to them that I am leaving (Here is that backstory.). So, I will be doing the one-way ticket plan. I am having difficulty finding an apartment without seeing it first, as people prefer to meet potential roommates in person and when I mention to them that I can't see it in person (and suggest Skyping or videochatting to meet each other/see the apartment) I have had limited success so far and am wondering if I am coming across as a Craigslist creep. Is this the right strategy? Is it a numbers game, and I should just keep trying? Or, should I just fly there first and then find a place? Thanks for any advice. [more inside]
posted by new_horizons_new_life on Feb 4, 2013 - 38 answers

How do you find a sane and compatible housemate from Craigslist?

I've been offered first dibs on renting a super nice house. Unfortunately I need to find at least 1 and ideally 2 people to rent it with me. Just asking around my network if they know anyone hasn't worked out. I'm pretty sure Craigslist is the next best option...what should put in my post, and ask potential people in person, to weed out the crazies? [more inside]
posted by genmonster on Jan 27, 2013 - 21 answers

Trying to donate a TV, or give it away for free. Failing. Help?

I have a Toshiba 35" TV from the mid-90s that still works perfectly. I still have the manual it came with, and the original remote. The TV stands on a custom TV stand that was built by the manufacturer specifically for it. Unfortunately, I don't want it anymore, the TV weighs 165 lbs., and I cannot carry it myself. Options I've exhausted include: [more inside]
posted by tzikeh on Jan 20, 2013 - 28 answers

How does one sell special interest items on the Internet anymore?

How does one sell special interest items on the Internet anymore? Is that even a thing these days? [more inside]
posted by atayah on Dec 13, 2012 - 5 answers

Is there any flaws in my plan to get a phone from Craiglist and Switch to Straight Talk and Google Voice?

What is the recommended way to buy a phone on Craigslist, switch to Straight Talk, and port numbers to Google Voice? [more inside]
posted by cycleback on Oct 21, 2012 - 2 answers

Automated Craigslist searching?

I often check craigslist (Tokyo, where I live) to look for deals on various things I'd like to buy. I tire, though, of clicking through the different categories, sifting through all the silt to find a nugget worth asking about. Is there any way to automate searching through craigslist? [more inside]
posted by zardoz on Oct 11, 2012 - 9 answers

Going through Grandmother's house - where to sell the items?

Where to sell items - craigslist? [more inside]
posted by needlegrrl on Sep 17, 2012 - 8 answers

Are the 420 delivery services advertised on craigslist safe?

How safe are the "420 delivery" services advertised on craigslist in NYC? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 14, 2012 - 8 answers

Silicon Valley apartment hunting

I'm looking for an apartment in Mountain View. Any tips or tricks? [more inside]
posted by value of information on Sep 9, 2012 - 8 answers

How To Sell Comics in a Post-Wizard World?

Please help me make as much money as is possible from liquidating my comicbook collection. [more inside]
posted by EatTheWeak on Aug 30, 2012 - 12 answers

Finding Home, Avoiding Scammers: Craigslist Edition

How do I avoid Craigslist real-estate shysters? Added wrinkle: long-distance. [more inside]
posted by xenization on Jul 30, 2012 - 13 answers

Why does nobody answer my e-mails for their housemate-wanted ads on Craigslist in San Francisco?

Why does nobody answer my e-mails for their housemate-wanted ads on Craigslist in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by madcaptenor on Jul 10, 2012 - 22 answers

How best to use Airbnb as a host?

I finally got my act together and put my Brooklyn apartment up on Airbnb this morning. I'm a little surprised to be already receiving inquiries, and I realize now I really don't know how to vet these potential renters. For those who have hosted through the site before, what criteria do you use? Is no photo a red flag or is that normal? Is it suspicious or ordinary for them not to have much of a profile filled out? Are there specific questions I should be asking in my initial reply? (Will it make them suspicious if I ask for identifying information?) Are there scams to watch out for? Is there anything you'd add to a listing to head off potential trouble? [more inside]
posted by nobody on Jul 7, 2012 - 11 answers

Pink Slip in Limbo? Another craigslist deal gone bad...what should I do?

So I was interested in this old Mercedes posted on craigslist and called the guy. He said it had just been crashed into in his driveway by his cousin and his insurance was "totaling" it; however it was really just cosmetic damage and there was a buyback option. The car would have "salvaged" on the title, but since he was getting paid by the insurance company, he would just let me have the car for whatever the buyback cost was. Called a few days later and he said that cost was $1000 less than the price he had originally advertised the car at, so I figured I might as well go look at it. Read on for the whole story... [more inside]
posted by wavejumper on Jul 2, 2012 - 14 answers

What do landlords want to know?

Looking for a new apartment. Landlords of MeFi, what information should be in the initial email? [more inside]
posted by Nibbly Fang on Jul 1, 2012 - 7 answers

What are the best ways for a cinephile like me to find communities of those similarly interested in film?

What are the best ways for a cinephile like me to find communities of those similarly interested in film? [more inside]
posted by dr handsome on May 23, 2012 - 3 answers

How should I sell my MacBook Pro in Florence?

[Asking for a friend] How should I sell my late 2008 15" MacBook Pro in Florence, Italy? [more inside]
posted by Utilitaritron on May 18, 2012 - 2 answers

Searching Craigslist

What is your favorite tool for searching multiple Craigslist cities? Crazedlist is now defunct and I'm sad. I know I could set up a million RSS feeds, but I thought I'd ask here first before going to the trouble.
posted by MacChimpman on May 17, 2012 - 7 answers

adventures in used car selling

Selling a car on craigslist -- are there any drawbacks to including the VIN in the ad?
posted by wutangclan on May 10, 2012 - 9 answers

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