A Rant about Craigslist…

Actually it’s not so much a rant about Craigslist as it is a rant about the people who use Craigslist….

People! If you are going to reply to an ad you see posted on CL, try not to sound like a bot, spammer, or a scammer. I have been trying to sell my 1970 Mustang on there for a few weeks now, but I have thrown away countless emails that read generically. Emails that say things like, “I saw your ad and I’m interested, do you still have it?” Or even, “What is your lowest asking price and can I see more pictures?’ when I have a link to a photo gallery with 30 or so photos of the car. The really fishy ones are the “Do you still have the item?” emails.

Maybe I’m right in that these are all scams or phishing deals. I know I have gotten a hand full of those just from the emails I did reply to that sounded legitimate. But I see this same syndrome on the internal want ads at work, and I know those aren’t scams. Phone calls on my phone that just say, “Calling about you ad.” Huh? Which ad? While, we are on the subject of ads, there are a ton of bad ones out there. At work just like on Craigslist, I see people listing things for sale with no detail at all. An example, “Laptop for sale, works good..” What am I supposed to do with that information? It could be a laptop from 1995 for all I know. Or even, “Wheels for sale, fit Chevy Truck.” Do they fit a 2003 Silverado HD, a 1970 1/2 ton, a 1955 3/4 ton, are they 4,5,6 or more lugs, and what’s the pattern on 4″, 4.5″ 5″? What the crap? Do people not know how to correspond to or write good ads? It’s just mind boggling to me.

Ok, I’m done. I just had to say something somewhere after dealing with response upon response on Craigslist. If you are interested in something I’m selling put some information pertinent to what I’m selling in the body of the email or in the text message that proves to me that you are a real person and that you actually read the ad. Otherwise i am going to think you are just an email or spam bot trying to verify my email address.

The parts search.

They say the joy is in the chase. Well that is presuming that you actually eventually catch that which you are looking for. I have a ’96 Harlequin Golf. Which, for those not in the know, was a special edition Volkswagen made in a limited run of only 264 cars. The body panels of the car were painted 4 different colors (red, blue, green, and yellow). Below is a picture.

Volkswagen Harlequin

My 1996 Harlequin Golf

Not everybody’s taste I know, but I love it. Aside from the crazy paint there are other differences from the regular VW Golf. Such as silver faced gauges in the instrument cluster. One very significant difference is the cloth seats in the interior. The cloth pattern is called “Joker” because it was used Joker edition Golfs and Variants in Europe and South America. It was also used in the Harlekin edition Polos, which were painted like my Harlequin Golf. This is the subject of the great search. Now I will say there is nothing wrong with the seats in my car. They are in great shape, but I would like to recover a set of sport seats that have come into my possession with the same material. I have called every upholstery shop on the Web from places located right here in the U.S. to some located in the U.K. and Germany. Below is a picture of the seat material in that has been the subject of my search.

Joker Pattern Cloth

So, now I leave it up to you. Yes you who is reading this. If you know where I could find this material please let me know. Post a reply.

The Beginning…

In the words of Animaniacs. “This is the beginning, the beginning, the beginning of our story… the beginning… the beginning… the beginning…”

I had a wordpress crash during an update, and somehow lost my backup. I would have been really upset except for the fact that I really hadn’t posted much in the first place. That which was here was really not of any concequence. Hopefully this will be the encouragement I needed to get off my lazy #%% and actually make some posts moving foward.

Only time will tell.

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