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Re: Facebook Marketplace BS price car ads [Re: RamFan] #5205439 09/05/19 02:28 PM
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I've been to a real, fairly big car lot where they wouldn't even tell me what the cars cost! I blinked a few times like I was in the twilight zone before leaving.


I had a similar experience when looking at a used X3 during one of the bank liquidation events that dealers do once or twice a year. Ask him what they were asking and was told that they don't disclose that information. I just stared at him then he proceeded...first they would have to run my credit (didn't even ask if I was going to be financing) then based off the report we'd have to agree to a conditional offer first, once that was decided the total purchase price would be disclosed. I was dumbfounded. Turned right around and walked out. Shame too, it was a clean X3 and I had cash in hand.


I would’ve pulled a buck out of my wallet and offered them a dollar.


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Re: Facebook Marketplace BS price car ads [Re: SVTCobra] #5205456 09/05/19 02:46 PM
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Originally Posted by SVTCobra
Girlfriend was buying a new car and I was tasked with selling her old car. Had it on Craigslist and this dude calls me telling me he can be there in 1-1/2 hours cash in hand, low ball offer of $1k less than asking price. We get to talking and I tell him this is my girlfriend's car I'm selling.

Does she know you're selling her car? Funniest thing I heard in a long time. I said yes she does otherwise I would have told you to start driving!




Sounds like a legitimate question to me. Too many varmints and scallawags our there these days. Gamers, all of them.


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Re: Facebook Marketplace BS price car ads [Re: atikovi] #5205542 09/05/19 04:55 PM
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The latest annoyance on CL are the people asking for you to contact them from your email. Apparently the CL message service isn't working for them, yet somehow they were able to contact you. Just right now I got,

Hey there. I would like to speak with you. Any accidents reported on it?

If you can, please message me at my personal email instead of here please. I will leave it below for you. Mail has not been going through consistently on Craigslist and I want to make sure we can get in touch with each other.

My email: LukeCook624(at-Gmaìl-com)

Maybe check your spam folder also. I know mail can end up in there sometimes. Talk to you soon. Thanks.

- Luke

Sent from my iPhone

Re: Facebook Marketplace BS price car ads [Re: 14Accent] #5205667 09/05/19 07:30 PM
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Originally Posted by 14Accent
FB marketplace is a joke. I've got my Cadillac listed up for $1,400 with photos and ALL the information on the car. All I've gotten are "Will you take $700?" "What's wrong with it?" "Does it run and drive?". I retort to all these messages with "No" or "Read the ad".

If you have a SPECIFIC question, then ask it. Otherwise don't waste my time.


I suppose I should post a follow up:

Not an hour after posting this, I got a message from a really nice guy asking if he could come by my shop (I've just been leaving the car there, easier to "show") when he got off work. Lord help me, he showed up EARLY, with my asking price in hand. Apparently his 740i decided it didn't like it's water pump anymore and sent the fan through the radiator. He was just looking for something to get him through the winter, while he fixed up the BMW.

He had no problem showing me the cash before a test drive, he volunteered his license for a test drive, and he bought the car right then and there. No tire kicking, no negotiation, nothing. Nice guy, we talked cars for a bit and off he went. Now I've got to carry around this heavy wallet... ha!

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Re: Facebook Marketplace BS price car ads [Re: atikovi] #5205725 09/05/19 08:44 PM
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facebook marketplace is very good for selling things.

I can sell literally anything very quickly, most times for more than it's worth.

Last item, a dude paid me 50 dollars for a used box spring and frame.

Another dude disassembled a harbor freight greenhouse at my house and paid me to take it away.


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Re: Facebook Marketplace BS price car ads [Re: atikovi] #5206200 09/06/19 11:35 AM
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FB market has been good to me. Way less a pain than CL, but still get the scammers and such of course.

I once had a guy drive all the way from Texas to buy two marine diesel engines. He gets here, looks over the motors, and decides that he has no idea what the heck he is looking at and leaves without buying. I would have thought it was an excuse, but he looked legitimately distressed as he asked numerous questions how to install them into his boat. One of the stranger ones indeed.

Here is South Florida, the issues can be pretty epic. You have to have patience, apathy, and assertiveness in order to sell something for a good price.

I too use the practice of "bulk responses". You have to, because people will have 5 of their friends send you the same low-ball offers to convince you that your item is worth nothing. 99% of communication is low balling.

The most recent trend I have seen is outright aggression. I had a guy show up to our meeting spot 20 minutes early and then proceed to call me every name on the face of the Earth because I was not there. No thanks.

Why does this go on? For the same reason every other stupid thing goes on: Some people fall for it. Had a friend who was selling his old car and literally gave it up for $600 because he was so "tired" of how many messages he was getting. The guy who bought the car turned around and resold it on eBay for $4700.

How do we know that? The "buyer" never picked up the car from my friend. Truck showed up to get it and informed him that the car was going to be delivered to a buyer under COD for $4700 because it had been sold on eBay. Checked eBay and low and behold.


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Re: Facebook Marketplace BS price car ads [Re: atikovi] #5206401 09/06/19 03:35 PM
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I'm finding it hit or miss.

Not trying to sell a car, but sold the 11 year old appliances out of my remodeled home. I'd get the "Is the still available?" message from a handful of people. Apparently, if you click to message someone about something, that is the default message sent.

The appliances sold, but then when we bought a new dryer with the money from the appliances, the old dryer has been in my hands for about 3 weeks.

The original set buyer flaked as he was going to give me $100 for the dryer.

I get people from 100 miles away asking about a $40 old laptop I wiped the drive and installed Linux on it, only to then get a message that her husband said she can't buy it.

But in other news, hours after I listed my 5 station cordless phone set, saying we cut the cord, but you can have these today for $20 so you don't miss any upcoming election or telemarketing calls, they sold.

Ditto for old bike wheels. Sold for my $150 asking price in a day.

I think the cake was I put an old artificial pre-lit Christmas tree on my front porch, gave the name of the subdivision and said as long as the ad is up, you can come get it for free. I clearly said I was not delivering a free tree, they had to come get it. So I'd get "will you deliver" or "where are you" (we are the only house in the subdivision with a lit up tree on the front porch at the end of January.)

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Re: Facebook Marketplace BS price car ads [Re: 14Accent] #5206424 09/06/19 04:21 PM
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Originally Posted by 14Accent
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FB marketplace is a joke. I've got my Cadillac listed up for $1,400 with photos and ALL the information on the car. All I've gotten are "Will you take $700?" "What's wrong with it?" "Does it run and drive?". I retort to all these messages with "No" or "Read the ad".

If you have a SPECIFIC question, then ask it. Otherwise don't waste my time.


I suppose I should post a follow up:

Not an hour after posting this, I got a message from a really nice guy asking if he could come by my shop (I've just been leaving the car there, easier to "show") when he got off work. Lord help me, he showed up EARLY, with my asking price in hand. Apparently his 740i decided it didn't like it's water pump anymore and sent the fan through the radiator. He was just looking for something to get him through the winter, while he fixed up the BMW.

He had no problem showing me the cash before a test drive, he volunteered his license for a test drive, and he bought the car right then and there. No tire kicking, no negotiation, nothing. Nice guy, we talked cars for a bit and off he went. Now I've got to carry around this heavy wallet... ha!



Half the fun of these transactions is haggling over the price. I've sold one car that the buyer didn't haggle and I was kind of disappointed even though I got the full asking price.

Re: Facebook Marketplace BS price car ads [Re: 14Accent] #5206436 09/06/19 04:39 PM
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Originally Posted by 14Accent
[quote=14Accent]I suppose I should post a follow up:

Not an hour after posting this, I got a message from a really nice guy asking if he could come by my shop (I've just been leaving the car there, easier to "show") when he got off work. Lord help me, he showed up EARLY, with my asking price in hand. Apparently his 740i decided it didn't like it's water pump anymore and sent the fan through the radiator. He was just looking for something to get him through the winter, while he fixed up the BMW.

He had no problem showing me the cash before a test drive, he volunteered his license for a test drive, and he bought the car right then and there. No tire kicking, no negotiation, nothing. Nice guy, we talked cars for a bit and off he went. Now I've got to carry around this heavy wallet... ha!

Sounds like you had a good experience. Meanwhile when I was looking at Mustangs, I had a guy resort to racism and sending me fake pictures of how much money he had in the bank when I showed up and called him out on what a piece of junk his "like new" car was!

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Re: Facebook Marketplace BS price car ads [Re: atikovi] #5206517 09/06/19 06:04 PM
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I purchased a Craftsman air compressor from a guy on Market place that had two mutual friends. It has a 33 gallon tank and all it needed was a 10 dollar belt. He first asked 60 bucks then dropped the price to 45 and I was ready to give him 60!
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Re: Facebook Marketplace BS price car ads [Re: atikovi] #5207520 09/08/19 07:20 AM
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My grandkids moved out of state and left a big 14 foot trampoline in my backyard. It was in excellent shape and had been used little. I put it on CL for free just come and take it apart and haul it off. Oh BOY, can you deliver it, will it fit in the trunk of a Honda civic, Will you hold it until next week. Do you have a truck I can borrow. One woman called me and said she was on her way, I told her first come, first served. After several hours a guy with a van came, took it apart and hauled it off. Woman called me the next day and said she was on her way. Told her too late it's gone, she became irate because she had called first. I tried to explain to her what first come first served meant, but without any luck.

Re: Facebook Marketplace BS price car ads [Re: odotb] #5207534 09/08/19 07:39 AM
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My grandkids moved out of state and left a big 14 foot trampoline in my backyard. It was in excellent shape and had been used little. I put it on CL for free just come and take it apart and haul it off. Oh BOY, can you deliver it, will it fit in the trunk of a Honda civic, Will you hold it until next week. Do you have a truck I can borrow. One woman called me and said she was on her way, I told her first come, first served. After several hours a guy with a van came, took it apart and hauled it off. Woman called me the next day and said she was on her way. Told her too late it's gone, she became irate because she had called first. I tried to explain to her what first come first served meant, but without any luck.


Your mistake putting it up for free. You need to ask a reasonable amount like $100 or less to filter garbage people who ask for that.

A friend ran into that with FREE Woden quality playground. I said put it up for $150 and guess what, a person disassembled it and placed j to their own pickup happily paid $125 for it.

Re: Facebook Marketplace BS price car ads [Re: atikovi] #5207995 09/08/19 08:11 PM
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Exactly. Knew a guy who was giving away a large cruiser on the water. Asked $2500 to keep away the hobos and lunatics.


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Re: Facebook Marketplace BS price car ads [Re: atikovi] #5208104 09/08/19 11:03 PM
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They need to let you browse the ads without logging in. Right now, you can only select transmission and price range for the car ads! You can;t select make/model unless you sign in mad

Re: Facebook Marketplace BS price car ads [Re: atikovi] #5208476 09/09/19 12:36 PM
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Retardation is universal across any selling platform. Idiots abound and nobody will value your time as much as you do. So you either accept it or do not sell. I will say there is ways to word ads to cut down on the idiots but the time wasters have no problems ignoring that.

I like the single mom sob stories that want something for nothing and I just tell the local jiggle club is hiring single moms all day long.


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