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.