Prepping for Long Term Travel: Why Craigslist Buyers Make Me Want To Punch Them In The Face

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*I had a friend read this before posting because I wondered how rude it came off.  I was told it didn’t really sound like me and maybe I shouldn’t post it.  Obviously, I didn’t listen to the advice.  My friend was right in a way, but damn those Craigslist buyers!

The thing I was most excited about prepping for long term travel was the selling of all of my stuff.  Material items have defined me for far too long and I knew at first it would be difficult to get rid of everything.  However, I also am a huge fan of purging things and know how wonderful it feels to get rid of stuff you never use but keep saying you will one day.  I knew selling everything would be that huge reality check that this was really happening.  Once everything was gone, I couldn’t exactly change my mind.

All that sounds so perfect.  Until you delve into the world of Craigslist buyers.

I’m convinced that Craigslist is where all the flaky, noncommittal, irresponsible and disrespectful people of the world go to waste my time.

Did you know putting “serious inquiries only” in your ad actually attracts douchebags?

happens about 80% of the time.

happens about 80% of the time.

My Best of Craigslist Buyers:

1.  I had a Pottery Barn Centerpiece Bowl for sale.  I had someone email me saying they’d like to buy it if I don’t sell it and can come down on the price because they can’t afford much.  Fine, I can respect that and appreciate that they wanted me to sell it for my asking price to someone else if I could.  Here’s where it starts getting aggravating.  It hadn’t sold for several days so I emailed her to see what she could pay.  No reply whatsoever.  I just don’t understand.

2.  Next, was a lady who haggled me down on the price on my crockpot.  I agree to a certain amount and she says ok sounds good.  I ask what day would she want to meet and….crickets.  Not a damn word.  I’m starting to think it’s a hobby for people to agree to buy something and then fall off the face of the earth.

3.  I post an ad.  The appropriate response would be to say you’re interested and maybe ask me if I’d drop the price at all.  Oh no…this person actually sends an email and all it has in it is a lower price.  A much lower price.  I’m selling something for $75 and they send an email that says “$30.”  That’s it.  Oh, okay.  You want me to bend over so you can rape me, but you can’t even at least say hello first??  Sure, it’s all yours.

4.  My absolute favorite goes to the person who contacted me about my couch.  At the time, I hadn’t sold it yet but had already arranged for someone else to come look.  They blew my phone up for hours asking about it.  After the first buyer did in fact buy the couch, I let them know that it was sold.  They were interested in the TVs I had for sell though so I told them the price.  I even gave them a great deal for buying both and they said they’d be there at a specific time to get them for sure.  Not only did they not show up, they never even let me know they weren’t coming.  Even after my not-so-pleasant text message to them.  Good thing I didn’t give them my exact address.

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There have been far more who have agreed to meet me and pay a certain price then once I was there, they’d say “Oh, will you take such and such for it?”  Sure, dude…I only told you that I was selling everything to travel the world.  I don’t need money to do that or anything so please by all means cut 60% off the price.

Or, the endless emails I get asking if  it’s still available in which I reply yes to, but I never hear back from them again.  Assume if the ad is still up, that I’m still selling it…especially if the ad was just posted within the past couple days.

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Craigslist can be such a wonderful thing if all the stars align and I will say that I’ve even had some pleasant experiences as well, but I’m so sick of the no-shows, under-bidders, non-responders, and douchebags.  They are ruining the fun in this for me.

 Have you had any extremely frustrating experiences trying to sell yourself to travel or in general?  Or, am I just really unlucky?

Traveler. Freelance Writer. Blogger. Vegan. Risk Taker. Voice for the Voiceless.

13 Comments

  1. Denise

    November 13, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    I went through this same thing a couple years ago. I also would get ridiculous responses. I’m selling something for $75 and someone emails a one word response $15. Really dude? But for the most part it was the easiest way to sell everything. Good luck!

    Of course I repurchased everything when I got back, only to be now taking off again. Since it’s all practically new I’ll be storing it this time!

    • Ashley Hubbard

      November 13, 2013 at 4:31 PM

      Haha yea I’ve never met so many rude people in my life, but at least I know it’s not just me. I will say I’ve made the majority of my money off of there, but for every 1 good experience I’ve had about 5 bad ones. Where are you headed off to now??

  2. Denise

    November 13, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    It will be over soon!

    I’m moving to Tanzania for a year to work for a non profit. It should be an adventure!

  3. Constance

    November 15, 2013 at 12:59 AM

    I know what it is like to sell all your belongings and move to the other side of the world. It can be frustrating but when you are traveling and exploring distant lands in the future, the bad memories will be erased and replaced with great experiences!!

    • Ashley Hubbard

      November 15, 2013 at 9:21 AM

      I know it’s all completely worth it. That’s the only thing keeping my sanity right now haha. I can’t wait to have it all gone though so that my main focus can be on my blog and preparing to leave! 🙂

  4. Clayton

    November 17, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Hey there,
    I totally understand. my wife and I sold everything last year to go travel the world. It can be difficult dealing with people. I do have a couple tips that I hope will help you out.

    1. I made a deal with a family who ran a secondhand store that if I didn’t get rid of my stuff, I would sell them everything else. They had to take it all as a package deal and haul it off, but at a super low price. This was mostly for peace of mind for me.

    2. I never tell people that I “have to get rid of it”. I absolutely had to get rid of it, but if people think you’re desperate, then they’ll try to take even more advantage of you.

    3. I actually had better luck with a group garage sale. We sold stuff with some friends to get more people to show up. I also only priced things in whole dollars. If you don’t like haggling, you could get a friend to do it with you and get them some food or something.

    I also wrote an ebook on it. It’s free if you want it.

    Traveling where you want and all the amazing things that happen because of it are totally worth it. I support you and wish you the best of luck.

    • Ashley Hubbard

      November 18, 2013 at 10:57 AM

      Hey!
      Thanks for the great tips. That’s wonderful you have a family member with a secondhand store-wish I had that connection. I know you probably didn’t get much money wise but it would definitely help get rid of those things you’d probably be giving away anyway. I read somewhere that someone would put “I’m selling everything to travel the world,” and that no one haggled them on price. Maybe it depends on where you live, but that definitely was not the case for me. I did, however, get some new readers by doing that so I guess that’s a win! I did 2 garage sales-along with some family members-did fairly decent for what garage sales normally bring in.

      I will definitely check out the ebook-thanks again for the comment 🙂

      Congratulations to y’all on selling everything and traveling 🙂

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  6. Lina @ Divergent Travelers

    December 5, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!! I absolutely LOVE this post. And you are so right, in so many ways. This happens to us constantly since we started selling all our things at the beginning of the year. My favorite is the people that haggle and haggle until you tell them never mind. Then they agree at the last price, you load up the stuff and meet them. They show up, offer you way below the agreed upon price, then when you don’t take it, throw a fit and scream about how your stuff is junk. I too would like to know when it became acceptable for people to behave like this. LOL, travel bloggers united! Isn’t this why we would all rather wander the world in the first place? 🙂

    • Ashley Hubbard

      December 5, 2013 at 2:28 PM

      Thanks, I’m glad you liked it! I sat on this post for a while wondering if it came off to bitchy, but then realized…it’s my blog haha. I really did meet some truly ridiculous people on Craigslist…it amazes me how little respect some people can have for someone else’s things and so on. You’re definitely right…this is why I would rather travel…much better option! 🙂

  7. Danielle

    December 24, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    We had the same frustrating experience on craigslist, although it wasnt nearly as bad as the garage sales we had in the final weeks. It was like we were inviting people over the rob us and then thanking them on the way out.

    • Ashley Hubbard

      December 24, 2013 at 10:07 AM

      I know, right? I did a couple garage sales in the fall and while they weren’t outright terrible, I would get very irritated. I felt like I was just giving things away for nothing, but oh well. I’m going to do another one in the spring probably to get rid of that last little bit.

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