Craigslist is an amazing resource for finding great deals, as well as being able to easily sell some of your own items.
It is also an amazing resource if you’re looking for Stupid People. Craigslist is very much like people-watching, except that you end up having to communicate with people that you really would rather just mock from a distance.
I give you my Personal Top 5 Stupid Craigslist Encounters
#5. Will I donate several of my furniture listings to your “Mission Charity”….? No. (And if you’re going to pretend to be a charity, you should get new email address, because firstname.lastname@example.org raised a red flag for me…)
#3. My dining table is the same kind you had when you were a little girl? That’s sweet. Fond memories from your childhood? That’s lovely. Will I reduce the price because it holds sentimental value for you…? Um, no. (If anything, I may jack up the price a little bit.) Kidding.
#2 . An email I received in response to some bedside tables I had listed. I opened the email, only to read this: “can you please tell me how to download pictures onto my craigslist ad…i can’t find anyone to help me!!” (Copied directly from my email and pasted into this post.)
And the worst part? I emailed her back and told her how to do it, because in addition to the “calling all craigslist idiots” vibe I must be giving off, I have “sucker” written on my forehead and “kick me” taped on my back.
…and the #1 stupid craigslist in encounter:
I posted an ad for twenty five 1,000 piece jigsaw puzzles. (It was part of my Puzzle 12 Step Program… don’t you judge me!) A woman responded to the posting and said she wanted to get them on a particular afternoon.
- Me: “Sorry, that won’t work for me, we will be attending a funeral.”
- Stupid Thoughtless Woman (STW): “Where is the funeral?”
- Me: “Corona”
- STW: “Perfect! I’m on your way! Maybe you could swing by and let me see them on your way to Corona!”
…crickets chirp in the silence for a few moments….