I will never again attempt to sell something on Craig’s List. Whether it is yourself you are selling (dating) or furniture, it seems that the “buyers” using CL are a bunch of flakes.
I posted an ad earlier this week attempting to sell my couch. I had one woman say she was interested and then the next day say she wasn’t. Then a guy wrote saying he’d like it and asking when he could pick it up. I wrote him back about possible times and he mentioned something about renting a car. I asked where he lived and when I discovered it was close to me, I offered to drop it off to him today at 10:30. We agreed on the time and the price and that I would call before I headed over.
Late last night after The Fella had a long day at work and then at class, he helped me load the heavy couch into my car. It has a pull out single sleeper so it makes it awkward to maneuver. And rather heavy. We managed to wrangle it out the apartment doors and down stairs, shoving it in the car without killing each other. Small miracle.
Today at 10:30 came and I called the buyer but he didn’t answer. I left a message and waited 5 minutes before trying again. No answer. I waited another 5 minutes and tried again. No answer. I emailed him inquiring if he was still wanting the couch and to please call me. The plan for my day was quickly shifting as the moments ticked on. I needed to drive across town to one store then over to another then stop at the grocery store before I picked up my friends for the baby shower. I needed that couch out of my car to fit my friends before 1pm. This was incredibly inconvenient.
After more than 30 minutes had passed and I still hadn’t heard from him, I left a, I’ll admit, somewhat angry-toned voice mail asking him to at the very least let me know he didn’t want the couch since I had gone out of my way to get it to him. I said he had until noon to call if he still wanted the couch knowing that he probably had changed his mind before I even called him at 10:30 but didn’t have the decency to call or email that newsflash. I dropped the damn couch off at Goodwill and made my way back home where there was an email from him that basically said he had been in the shower when I called and that my message made me sound frightening and angry. He was no longer interested in the couch.
I was angry. Rightfully so! I absolutely hate when people make a deal with you and then don’t have the balls to follow through with it. I had two other emails from buyers but because the couch was already in my car and I needed to fit people in my car and I had no one to help me remove the stupid thing, I was forced to dump it at the donation station. Instead of getting rid of the couch and gaining $50, I drove all around town and got a migraine.
I spent the greater part of the day upset about this situation. I’m not a frightening person! I’m just so fucking sick of people saying one thing and doing another. Of people being flakes. Of people lying. Of people not having the balls to say “I’m sorry.” Sure, I left a message that sounded angry. Sure, I don’t blame him for not buying the couch after that but the point is- we had an agreement that I was dropping off the couch at 10:30. If I believe his email, he decided 10:30 was the perfect time to take a shower. Please. If that was the case, why wouldn’t he have called me back within the half hour I left the first pleasant message and the second angry one? Because he didn’t want the couch. Because he couldn’t be decent enough to let me know that. Because people really and truly can suck.
I hate thinking this way but I’m so fed up. I am fed up with the liars and the cowards and the flakes. And I am never using Craig’s List to buy or sell anything again. People can’t be trusted to follow through. It’s a sad state of the world when you can’t even do a nice deed like deliver a person a couch.