I'm gonna rant a bit this morning. Sorry in advance.. I'm selling some stuff online and have been dealing with the usual time wasting morons. In Canada we mostly use a free Craig's List type of website www.kijiji.ca. My research indicates the ratio of idiots vs legit sellers/buyers is about 2:1 in favor of the morons. Some of the things I loath are..
- Not reading the ad. Some people just vaguely look at the ad title and fire off time wasting questions. Like a golf cart I'm selling right now. I clearly indicate it's a gas cart and has NO engine but I'm still getting questions about what condition the batteries are in (it's NOT electric!) and how well it runs. I even had one question about how quiet it is for campground use. I said it's super duper quiet unless you grunt when you're pushing it. I've also been asked why it doesn't have an engine, if it's a one owner etc.
- No details, no pics (or maybe one upside down crummy shot). They just put "<fill in the blank> for sale" like what they have is so special the seller isn't required to say any more than that.
- Stupid lowball offers. If I was going to practically give something away it wouldn't be to some dipstick stranger.
- Posting pics of something that isn't actually what they're selling to show "what it could look like". Thanks but I don't need some bozo to do my googling for me. These ads are often posted by somebody who has a POS failed project that they want to get rid of.
- Ridiculous prices. Ads like that especially pollute the classic vehicle section. The sellers are hoping some imbecile will buy on impulse without any research.
- Ridiculous prices in reverse. Fraudulent ads with crazy low prices to tempt the uninformed and get them to wire money. It must work because they keep doing it.
- Make an offer.. with no indication of what value the seller has in mind. I've never responded to an ad like that except to ask how much *they* think it's worth. And I have to be really interested to even go that far. They must think their salesmanship is so good they can get somebody to pay more than something is worth if they can just get a conversation going with them.
- Posting ads in one geographical area when the item is half way across the country. 99% of the items for sale are dependent on location. Nobody is gonna travel very far to pick up a used exercise machine or whatever.
- Posting a want ad when somebody is actually selling something. How dumb do you have to be?
- "Just testing the waters" type of ad. Either it's for sale or it isn't. If they want to play footsie they should find a kangaroo and see how that goes.
- Outright lies, like vehicle mileage or tractor hours. The sellers word the ads to attract a lot of hits. They think if enough dumb asses see their ad there's a good chance at least one potential buyer won't realize how bogus their claim is. And sometimes they're right.
- Endlessly re-posted incoherent rambling ads. This is a particular pet peeve. You have to read most of the nonsense in the ad to know if you want to pursue it further. For example, there's a nincompoop on Kijiji selling a crappy purple 1970 Mustang coupe with an automatic and green interior (holy barf-worthy color combos Batman!). Unless they're 4 speeds coupes are not popular with the collectors so even without the 100% tasteless appearance he can only get 5 grand or so ..and that's IF he finds a buyer that's as tasteless as he is. He has nevertheless posted the same ad for the car for several years now at a very unrealistic price of 10 grand. He keeps saying "I KNOW WHAT I HAVE!" (NO HE DOESN'T!). Just fer fun my brother and I try to be the first one to send each other the link to his ad when he re-posts it.