People of Craigslist, Please Stop Being Terrible

January 23, 2015 5:52 PM

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At the end of the month I'm going through a big move, so over the past few weeks I've turned to Craigslist in an attempt to unload some of my possessions. Not wanting to waste anyones time, I donated nearly everything I owned to Goodwill, and then listed only high quality items: things like wooden furniture, gently used golf clubs, and newer electronics like an iPhone 5 and an iPad. I carefully described the items, using humor and sharing life details (ie, I'm moving away) so any potential buyer would have all the pertinent information needed to make a buying decision and would know a real person was selling it.

Within a few minutes, and continuing over the next few days, I was contacted by people who had seen the ads. So far so good right? Potential buyers contacting a seller looking for a mutually beneficial exchange. Except then it all went wrong, and what I anticipated to be series of easy interactions,...

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