Years ago my kid sister told me about the great deals she had found on Craigslist. And as usual, I was a skeptic. It just didn’t sound right to me. Free listing? Great deals? Sounds too good to be true.
And after we made a couple appliance purchases for our rental house that turned out to be rotten lemons – both of them – I felt a little justified in my initial skepticism. It seemed that Craigslist was the place for scam artists to hang out.
And in some ways that is true. There have been plenty of horror stories of swindles and worse being generated from a craigslist sale. Our own most recent outrage was when a couple advertised their 2004 Suburban with 15K miles for $8,000. Sound too good to be true? Well, you never know. Hubs checked it out and the odometer really did show 15,000. Thankfully, he came home and logged on to Carfax to find out that the true mileage on the vehicle was actually 150,000 miles. Yeah.
But, it’s not craigslist‘s fault that people are liars and worse. In actuality, we’ve found some great deals which have far outweighed and outnumbered our bad experiences. I guess that’s why we go back when we’re in the market to buy something.
— 17 used, sturdy wood chairs for $180 from a pizza parlor that was upgrading their seats. They threw in free dinner.)
— two Padres tickets and a parking pass. Normal retail would have been $82, hubs nabbed the set for 40 bucks from someone who had season seats they weren’t going to use.
— a brand new Holland Grill, still in the box for $100. Price new would have been close to $700.
— an Alvarez steel-string guitar in a hard Gator case for $100, $300 new.
— plus, we sold lawn furniture and Little Tikes toys before our last move for very fair prices without having to host a garage sale.
Craigslist has been a blessing to our budget over the last couple years. I definitely recommend it as a way to save money on purchases and to find great deals.
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