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Facebook Marketplace BS price car ads

Posted By: atikovi

Facebook Marketplace BS price car ads - 09/05/19 01:35 PM

Seems like a lot of the late model ads that post a low price are just posting the down payment. It totally messes up the search function. There isn't even a place to report the ad. This is worse than Craigslist now.
Posted By: ARCOgraphite

Re: Facebook Marketplace BS price car ads - 09/05/19 01:39 PM

What is Facebook?
Posted By: Dave9

Re: Facebook Marketplace BS price car ads - 09/05/19 01:45 PM

lol, just don't shop there.

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.
Posted By: WyrTwister

Re: Facebook Marketplace BS price car ads - 09/05/19 01:49 PM

Try cargurus.com and the others like it .
Posted By: Fawteen

Re: Facebook Marketplace BS price car ads - 09/05/19 02:17 PM

Go elsewhere. Problem solved.
Personally I don't use fakebook. Never had it, never will, and will never miss it.
Posted By: DerbyDave

Re: Facebook Marketplace BS price car ads - 09/05/19 02:18 PM

Equally bad is the inability to filter out dealer listings. You can show only dealer listings but there is no option to show private seller only. Even Craigslist lets you do that.
Posted By: RamFan

Re: Facebook Marketplace BS price car ads - 09/05/19 02:45 PM

Originally Posted by Dave9
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.
Posted By: NormanBuntz

Re: Facebook Marketplace BS price car ads - 09/05/19 04:16 PM

Wastebook!
Posted By: JTK

Re: Facebook Marketplace BS price car ads - 09/05/19 04:27 PM

CL is mostly a waste of time now too. I did find the Nissan Versa in my sig from FB marketplace though. Sometimes you get 'lucky'.
Posted By: madRiver

Re: Facebook Marketplace BS price car ads - 09/05/19 04:31 PM

Originally Posted by Fawteen
Go elsewhere. Problem solved.
Personally I don't use fakebook. Never had it, never will, and will never miss it.


The reality is Facebook is replacing Craigslist for the type of market I believe OP is seeking.

Lot of great bargains on Facebook including a local tag line sale where hone owner just gave me a front loader Bosch small washer free. Far less sketchy as platform then CL.

People focus on the social media aspect but it’s a great place to buy and sell and people you plainly see or not. I judge off pictures that are visible to see if I want to deal with party.
Posted By: atikovi

Re: Facebook Marketplace BS price car ads - 09/05/19 05:23 PM

The thing is, the younger people are doing FB and you pretty much have to list everywhere to have a better chance of selling.
Posted By: 14Accent

Re: Facebook Marketplace BS price car ads - 09/05/19 06:01 PM

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.
Posted By: rooflessVW

Re: Facebook Marketplace BS price car ads - 09/05/19 06:11 PM

I had someone message me on FB asking if I would trade my Porsche Carrera straight-up for his fox body convertible. Another one offered me $5.5k less than my asking and became indignant when I refused.

These types of interactions are not exclusive to FB marketplace - you have to deal with idiots and low ballers no matter where/how you're selling a car. Dealers do it everyday and in greater numbers than you or I. My favorite are those that come look at the car and then ghost you - why do some people just love wasting time?
Posted By: HangFire

Re: Facebook Marketplace BS price car ads - 09/05/19 06:33 PM

Originally Posted by atikovi
The thing is, the younger people are doing FB and you pretty much have to list everywhere to have a better chance of selling.

Depends on your age. For the teenagers, FB is for "old" people. Like email. Grandparents LOVE FB because they can see new pictures of their grandkids every week.

Scammers, slimy sellers and freaks infest every free ad listing service. However, at least in my area, FB Marketplace has taken a huge chunk out of CL, leaving mostly the idiots behind (but bringing along plenty of scammers). When I listed the Honda Pilot on both services the first time around, I got one good lead from CL and many from FB. Second time around I didn't waste my time with CL and it sold quickly through FB Marketplace.

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 too can express my dissatisfaction with most responses from both services. I put "Needs transmission work" at the top and bottom of the ad text. Most responses were oblivious to this fact. Instead of hovering over the ad all day, I waited until I got several replies and then responded to all of them at once with copy-and-paste.

Yeah the worst is the lowballers. I didn't even get "Will you take $XXX" it was just "$250" messaged to me (Talking now about a mower I sold). After a while I just ignored these. But no matter how you handle it, someone will find a way to waste your time.

I did get a bit of revenge. On the Pilot, I had an obvious car flipper (FB feed full of cars for sale for the past 2 years) giving me a sob story about how he needed me to deliver this car for him 50 miles away, for a lowball price, because, wife, family, kids, sob stories went on and on. I just egged him one while I sold the car to someone else and then put him on ignore.
Posted By: SVTCobra

Re: Facebook Marketplace BS price car ads - 09/05/19 07:14 PM

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!
Posted By: aquariuscsm

Re: Facebook Marketplace BS price car ads - 09/05/19 07:28 PM

Originally Posted by RamFan
Originally Posted by Dave9
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.
Posted By: PimTac

Re: Facebook Marketplace BS price car ads - 09/05/19 07:46 PM

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.
Posted By: atikovi

Re: Facebook Marketplace BS price car ads - 09/05/19 09:55 PM

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
Posted By: 14Accent

Re: Facebook Marketplace BS price car ads - 09/06/19 12:30 AM

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!
Posted By: JustinH

Re: Facebook Marketplace BS price car ads - 09/06/19 01:44 AM

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.
Posted By: DoubleWasp

Re: Facebook Marketplace BS price car ads - 09/06/19 04:35 PM

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.
Posted By: javacontour

Re: Facebook Marketplace BS price car ads - 09/06/19 08:35 PM

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.)

Remember, half of all people are below average intelligence smile
Posted By: Alfred_B

Re: Facebook Marketplace BS price car ads - 09/06/19 09:21 PM

Originally Posted by 14Accent
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!



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.
Posted By: Anduril

Re: Facebook Marketplace BS price car ads - 09/06/19 09:39 PM

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!
Posted By: ddrumman2004

Re: Facebook Marketplace BS price car ads - 09/06/19 11:04 PM

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!
Runs great.
Posted By: odotb

Re: Facebook Marketplace BS price car ads - 09/08/19 12:20 PM

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.
Posted By: madRiver

Re: Facebook Marketplace BS price car ads - 09/08/19 12:39 PM

Originally Posted by odotb
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.
Posted By: DoubleWasp

Re: Facebook Marketplace BS price car ads - 09/09/19 01:11 AM

Exactly. Knew a guy who was giving away a large cruiser on the water. Asked $2500 to keep away the hobos and lunatics.
Posted By: slacktide_bitog

Re: Facebook Marketplace BS price car ads - 09/09/19 04:03 AM

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
Posted By: Hootbro

Re: Facebook Marketplace BS price car ads - 09/09/19 05:36 PM

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.
Posted By: atikovi

Re: Facebook Marketplace BS price car ads - 09/09/19 06:08 PM

Originally Posted by Hootbro
I just tell the local jiggle club is hiring single moms all day long.


Don't think they would hire wimins like these.

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Posted By: Hootbro

Re: Facebook Marketplace BS price car ads - 09/09/19 09:38 PM

Originally Posted by atikovi
Originally Posted by Hootbro
I just tell the local jiggle club is hiring single moms all day long.


Don't think they would hire wimins like these.

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They do in Amarillo Texas
Posted By: DoubleWasp

Re: Facebook Marketplace BS price car ads - 09/10/19 05:00 PM

Detroit, Michigan also.
Posted By: Elkins45

Re: Facebook Marketplace BS price car ads - 09/10/19 08:36 PM

I’ve recently discovered scummy salvage rebuild dealers on CL posting their cars in the “by owner” section. Totally my fault I didn’t ask before going to look at it, but I should have wondered what’s up when I realized the car didn’t have a license plate in the photos.

Now that I look for that I see all kinds of them.
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