Selling on Craig’s List and the Olafs of the World: Saturday 25th February

Selling items on Craig’s list is certainly a more tiresome process than buying from it. To start with there is the rigmarole of documenting all of the items you wish to sell, and then you have to field several emails from some bloke named Chris, who wants to be absolutely certain of the exact angle that your washing basket creates with the sun when it is lined up in a state of astral uncertainty, and who ultimately decides that the luminous green is just a little too green and yet not quite luminous enough. Then there is of course the haggling, you can be guaranteed that even if you are trying to sell something for ¥500, someone will want you to knock ¥1000 of the price.

Now that my flat is starting to empty that deposit is looking less and less likely…

The most annoying thing about selling items on Craig’s list though is arranging the actual point of sale. No matter how many sets of directions, maps, and GPS coordinates you send out, you can guarantee that at least 20 minutes will be spent running around your local neighbourhood trying to find someone who may or may not purchase a small folding table from you. Then there are the people who just don’t turn up: I waited for one chap at my local train station for about 15 minutes, but when I emailed to say that I couldn’t wait any longer, he told me that he had completely forgotten that we were supposed to be meeting, the git. And then of course there are the Olafs of the world. The people who send you a message saying that they will be at your house at 1pm a week on Saturday, even though you have yet to tell them where it is you live, and who absolutely refuse to response to future emails, until 12:59 on the Saturday in question when (after waiting in purposefully, on the off chance that they might not be a completely reprehensible specimen of the human race) they email to say that they are running a little late, and might be able to swing by at around 20:00, if that’s not too inconvenient. Well yes Olaf, it bloody well is inconvenient! Now, can I interest you in a luminous green washing basket…

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About truehamlet

Sam is a senior lecturer in Science Communication, who researches the different ways in which media such as poetry and film can be used to communicate science to new audiences.
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