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Oct 24, 2020 - 8:06:53 PM
2316 posts since 10/17/2013

If there’s one thing I don’t like doing, it  is listing an instrument or other piece of music-related merchandise on Craigslist, vs the BHO.

The only thing I get from Craigslist is these fake responses, such as “I am interested in buying your product. The price is too much. I want to discuss and negotiate the price.” 

These scammers send a fake email address, which they (on purpose) never respond to! 

 The farthest thing from their mind, is conversing with an honest individual. Another old trick is the “working really late weeks” email, or the “flying on a business trip” garbage.


 Then there are the nuts (sorry, but that’s just how I feel about them), who have the audacity to ask, “is the item still available,” or “do you still have it,” EVEN when I clearly state in my ad that “if you see this ad, the item is available for sale.”

Selling on Craigslist isn’t worth the hassle. Every non-serious buyer assumes that they will be able to buy the item for little or next to nothing.

 I know some persons may say that Craigslist is great, but that’s not for me. About 1 in 10 times have I actually been successful selling anything on Craigslist. 

Probably the biggest insult to me was when I listed an item at a completely affordable price, and then some jerk asked me/almost “told” me, “can you please lower the price?” Excuse me, but I’m not lowering it until you give a legitimate reason why I should!


Share any selling-turned-horror stories below!

Edited by - okbluegrassbanjopicker on 10/24/2020 20:11:36

Oct 24, 2020 - 8:35:30 PM
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78 posts since 2/4/2009

Craiglist buyers and sellers can be very trying. I tend to end up with a lot of wanna be buyers who come and play for an hour and say "oh, it just doesn't have the sound I'm looking for!"
Heck, couldn't they have figured it out 10 minutes in? I know I do.

Oct 24, 2020 - 9:47:25 PM
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39 posts since 10/18/2020

I never try to sell anything on Craigslist or offer up I do purchase a lot of things on both though and I am one of those that does ask if the item is still available simply because I have replied to peoples post on both those sites that it is stated if the add is still up i still have it but then you call and they sold the item 1-3 months earlier, the frustration goes both ways

Edited by - Don Smith1959 on 10/24/2020 21:48:18

Oct 24, 2020 - 9:52:43 PM
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2468 posts since 3/30/2008

After some lengthy experience on craigslist it becomes easy to separate out the scammers, the email reapers, & the trolls from real buyers who are actual musicians making real enquiries about your instrument. Craigslist is local, tax free, commission free & a face to face cash transaction.
Yes, it is scam central, but I've found that local musicians ask types of questions that stand out as genuine, against the background of scammers, shtick, & scripted nonsense.

Edited by - tdennis on 10/24/2020 21:57:19

Oct 24, 2020 - 10:15:05 PM
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65 posts since 2/5/2020

When I sell on Craigslist I always use the encrypted email reply only and tell people to reply to that with a phone number. If they don't send a a phone number or just ask stupid questions or give lowball offers I just ignore them.

Oct 25, 2020 - 12:11:52 AM

1731 posts since 4/10/2005

When selling on CL I make clear in the listing, local cash sale only, no shipping, no trades, price is firm. (I price to sell, so there's no b.s. dickering cushion in there.) I use the CL encryption for email.    And then anything I get that tries to argue with those conditions I just ignore.

If I get a "reply" that says just, "Still available?" I take that as a phishing attempt and ignore it. An authentic shopper for an acoustic instrument will ask questions specific to that type of instrument.

Yapping on the phone is always without exception pointless. Questions about the instrument can and should be in writing. I never give out my phone number or call anyone unless there is an appointment in place to meet, in which case the day of the meet I'll provide a number they can text if they need to cancel. The meetup is always, daylight business hours in a nice safe public place such as a Starbucks. I've sold several premium high-end instruments that way including a mint condition Gibson ESS.

The one time I got on the phone with someone I was a buyer, and the person was a BH seller on the other side of the country who wanted voice contact to feel comfortable about shipping. Perfectly understandable. But for local CL transactions, the person who wants to get on the phone wants to do so to wheedle/cajole/argue with you. There's plenty of opportunity to yap if the person shows up for an appointment.

Edited by - ceemonster on 10/25/2020 00:12:37

Oct 25, 2020 - 4:54:08 AM



608 posts since 7/4/2017

If someone wanted me to buy something like an instrument from Starbucks rather than their home I'd likely assume 1 of 2. Either Stolen or with hidden defects to be found later with no recourse whatsoever.  So you may well be limiting your market.

Edited by - AndyW on 10/25/2020 04:55:14

Oct 25, 2020 - 6:24:54 AM
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2848 posts since 9/5/2006

I know some folks like to sell in a public place, not wanting someone in their home. I buy more than sell and have had little luck selling there. Around here they always want to trade guns for everything.. I don't even like to use it except helping parents get instruments for children who are learning to play.

Oct 25, 2020 - 6:51:46 AM



21943 posts since 7/6/2005

I have pretty much stopped using Craigslist to sell. I have better luck with FaceBook Marketplace, especially selling in the specialized groups.

Oct 25, 2020 - 7:31:51 AM

1952 posts since 1/4/2009

Craigslist is basically dead, most responces are spam because most of its traffic is from spam bots. That said, be reasonable with buyers and sellers. Were in a pandemic, people may not want to meet at their home, also collectors may not want to meet at their home to sell a nice instrument. Youre basically telling the world hey look at me, this is where I live and I have expensive instruments like the one I'm selling, come rob me! So I get that. I also have found the best deals from folks that have strange ads or weird selling practices. If you go along you may be rewarded! I got a 1930 fatboy style 1 for 1/5 its value from a seller who couldnt seem to post reasonable pictures and was super rude when I asked questions, I went a long with them and sure enough got an excellent deal. But my advice to sellers now days, just as Bob said above, facebook marketplace and post in specialized groups. And why get offended if someone wants to offer less money? just say no. People are out for a deal and theres nothing wrong with asking.

Oct 25, 2020 - 8:22:26 AM

527 posts since 2/15/2015

I've sold a lot of stuff on craigslist. I even sold a Hammond B3 with Leslie speaker. Guitars, brass instruments etc... I take the necessary precautions.

In the Roanoke Virginia area my brother-in-law tells me that the sheriff department has set up a Craigslist lot next to the Sheriff's Office so that people can come there and meet buyers and arrange the sale. Which I thought was a great idea! I asked my local sheriff about such a place and the answer was "no we've never really talked about that here. "

To be honest, I have sold several things where I arranged to meet people at the public library in the utility room they have there and there was never any problem whatsoever.

Oct 25, 2020 - 8:25:21 AM
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3406 posts since 5/29/2011

I understand people wanting a good deal but, when I offer a banjo for sale for $1200 that is my price. My profit margin is pretty slim. And then some dufus says,"Well, I don't know. I might be able to go $300 for it." That is an insult to me as a builder. And there are plenty of people like that around Lexington. That's why I don't use Craigslist any more.

Oct 25, 2020 - 8:51:52 AM

278 posts since 12/7/2017

I'm not a big fan of craigslist, However I bought and sold several cool instruments and met nice and honest people. For example I was selling beautiful Richelieu and Ome fairly priced, I got no one offer from BHO nor Reverb, then I put an ad on craigslist and sold both them immediately without negociation. I also found a very nice Langstile deluxe for $250, two miles from home. And there is no tax, no fee, no shipping ! With a bit of experience It's rather easy to sense if the "interested buyer" is trustworthy.

Oct 25, 2020 - 10:52:23 AM

1151 posts since 5/19/2018

I have made some amazing purchases via Craigslist. Never had a problem buying anything via Craigslist and all the people I met nice and were some pretty interesting folks. Love Craigslist for buying.

Selling....well...I’ll never do that again. Well maybe...sold a few instruments and things that were just too large to ship. Tubas and the like. Brought out some pretty strange folks. Lots of tire kickers who took hours to tell you “ thanks, I’m just checking it out”. Pretty much killed face to face selling for me.

Selling things, here or eBay.

Oct 25, 2020 - 12:23:28 PM



608 posts since 7/4/2017

Originally posted by beegee

I have pretty much stopped using Craigslist to sell. I have better luck with FaceBook Marketplace, especially selling in the specialized groups.

That is very similar to the UK.  Our version of Craigslist, (Gumtree) has basically died a death since Facebook marketplace became popular.  Here in the UK, unless you get lucky, neither portals tend to be great for buying/selling banjos as both are for selling items locally, whereas banjo players tend to be rather more dispersed. 

Oct 28, 2020 - 4:56:33 AM
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2397 posts since 11/29/2005

I buy via craigslist, it’s still iffy, but I don’t sell on craigslist. I quit when an idiot who came to buy a riding lawnmower wanted to use my bathroom. Passes all these fast food and gas stations to want to use a strangers bathroom. I guess that meant, let me look through your medicine cabinet for pills while I’m here.
I used to sell a lot on craigslist, but it’s just not worth the idiots who’ll look a gift horse in the mouth. People are different, I’d MUCH prefer to meet a stranger in public for a transaction than to want to go inside their house.

Oct 29, 2020 - 10:00:32 AM

10952 posts since 6/17/2003

I prefer Facebook Marketplace. It's free and more effective than Craigslist, but also has "tire kickers" and time-wasters who want to offer you half of what something is worth.

Nov 1, 2020 - 8:08:53 PM

39 posts since 10/18/2020

back in early 2010 my wife and I moved to Ohio we were in the market for something cant really recall what it was but everyone kept telling us to be vary careful contacting people on Craigslist and I could not figure out why, but once I finally figured it out I was pretty Leary of how I would go look at something someone was selling, the reason being there was a group of people in the areas i always looked for things I wanted to purchase there that would post up adds on Craigslist and then lure perspective buyers out to a location where they would murder people and bury them they had graves prepared and everything so I have no problem with meeting to purchase something in a public place among a crowd, this all actually took place in the areas between Cincinnati and Dayton and went on for several months I am still vary leary when contacting people on craigslist.

Edited by - Don Smith1959 on 11/01/2020 20:11:22

Nov 3, 2020 - 4:34:44 AM



2397 posts since 11/29/2005

When I do meet folks in public from craigslist I also open carry my .45. This is my choice based on my state. I choose not to use my concealed carry permit when transactions of goods and cash with strangers is going to happen. I agree, not everyone supports this position and I’m fine with them getting back in their car and not taking my cash or item. If they are uncomfortable and want to retreat, no problem. But it’s never happened.

Nov 3, 2020 - 11:57:09 AM

39 posts since 10/18/2020

@Brett I do the same thing I have no problem with meeting people but you have to be prepared these days,you just never know, my friend Kimber is always with me LOL

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