I really do love craigslist. What a value, and yet I’ve never paid them a dime — not that I wouldn’t, should they ask.
The first time they got me out of a jam was a few years back. I got an eye for a new travel trailer of a hybrid design. You may have seen them. They’re like a normal trailer, but all the sleeping compartments fold out from the side, sheltered with tenting. This affords the advantage of having your sleeping surfaces available 24/7 rather than having to break down and set up tables to sleep on, etc. At any rate, I owned a Coleman pop-up trailer and the dealer for the new one would only give me two grand in trade. I thought I might be able to get more, so I went ahead and bought the new trailer and the dealer assured me with a handshake that if I couldn’t sell my pop-up for more within a couple of weeks, he’d still take it for the original offer.
So I went home, awoke the next morning and went to work on it. I spiffied up the Coleman and called my brother to post to his pop-up camping club that it was for sale. He says: "Why don’t you put it on craigslist?" I dunno. "OK, I’ll give it a try." Within two hours I had two people out to look at it, and the next day, I got $4,500 cash. Cool.
So we’ve been doing a bit of shifting stuff around, and in that process, made our former dining room into a TV room so the front room no longer has a TV and we’ve been focussed on making it into a nice room for visiting and conversation.
But the modern black leather sofa just didn’t work, and so I spotted a new one from Z Gallery (brown leather; classic design) and purchased it on the spot a couple of weeks ago. "Three to four weeks for delivery," but they called in two. Oops. What about the old one? So I post it to Craig a couple of day ago…and nothing. This morning, I realize: that new couch is coming this afternoon, so what are you going to do?
I deleted my old ad, posted a new one, and started getting inquiries. Sorting out the ones from Nigeria who want to pay me double, so long as I reimburse the balance to their shipper and keep $100 for my added trouble…, I find a gem from a gal up in Berkeley, CA. She wants it, offers $100 under my asking price and I come back with a counter to split the difference — all ‘couched’ in a polite presumption of her acceptance.
She makes the 50 mile journey; the deal is concluded; and I help her load it onto her truck, tie it up for her proper, and I’m saved again.
It’s not an hour later and the guys arrive with the new sofa.