This flip itself was a good one. I bought an Instep jogging stroller on Saturday for $25 bucks. I posted it
|InStep Strollers are big sellers!|
Young Dad slapped $70 in my palm. He then grabbed his son and the stroller and headed back to his big Dodge truck. Then it got a little weirder. If you're like me, you want the buyer leaving as soon as the transaction is over. In fact, most folks know there's an "understanding" between buyers and sellers. Once the deal is made....no chit-chat, no long goodbyes or other time wasters. Grab your stuff and go! But apparently this guy didn't get the memo. Instead, he sat in front of my house for over 20 minutes! I watched from the window as he continued to dawdle with the stroller at my curb. For some odd reason he was trying to remove the stroller's front tire. And it wasn't because the stroller wouldn't fit....the guy was driving a huge truck and could just toss it in the back with no problem! This was all a head scratcher to me.
|My buyer leaves me a gift!|
So as the minutes ticked by, I became more annoyed with young Dad camping in front of my house. It didn't help that my dog kept barking at the guy. Finally, I decided to walk some trash down to the curb and shoot him a look just to create an awkward moment. This seemed to do the trick and after a solid twenty minutes, young Dad finally cranked over his truck and pulled away. But he left me something to remember him by. His truck was leaking fluids, leaving a huge stain right by my mailbox...thanks buddy!
This wasn't my first rodeo with a "memorable" CL buyer. About a year ago, a young couple came by the house to buy several boxes of leftover floor tile. While I made some nice money on the transaction, I thought I was going to have to feed and shelter the couple for the night! After making the deal, the hapless couple couldn't get their car started. Instead, they sat in front of my house during a steady rain trying to crank over the car's engine. From the sound of the clicking noise coming from under the hood, it was clear their car battery was dead. Hoping to get them on their way, I suggested to the husband that I give his battery a jump using my truck. For reasons only known to him, the guy turned me down insisting he'd get the car started on his own. He then proceeded to crawl under the car, literally pounding on the crankshaft with a wrench. The metal bangs from each blow echoed down my street, causing some neighbors to look out their front windows. I am no auto mechanic, but this was the equivalent to attempting to fix a car engine by inflating the tires...it had nothing to do with the problem! After nearly an hour off intermittent banging, the guy finally agreed to let me jump his battery. I pulled the truckster up and hooked up all the jumper cables. Thankfully, his engine cranked over and roared to life! I was glad to see him finally go, but like the young Dad, he left a nice oil stain on the street!
All of which reinforces my belief that when dealing with Craigslist buyers, you're usually better off meeting them anywhere but your house...unless you enjoy strangers hanging at your place!
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