Monday, March 22, 2010

NOW I Understand...

Last week I wrote a post about a Maserati, Lotus and Matra being offered for sale or trade on Craigslist. (Find it here) I concluded the post with this sentence... "And, by the way, the seller doesn't need a job, so don't ask. (I have no idea what that means, but that's the last sentence in the Craigslist ad.)"

This weekend I figured out what he meant. I'm closing my business at the end of the month. I posted a bunch of stuff I'll no longer need on Craigslist. So far, 18 of the 21 responses I've gotten have been spam. Free government grants, work at home jobs, some sort of make money by reading Google ads type of thing, you name it. I received these even though I clicked the little box that states "it's NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests."

The e-mail above is particularly amusing as I don't live in Burlington, VT. I just posted some of the stuff there as it's not too for of a drive.

Fortunately, I did not post my real e-mail address. Once the stuff sells or the ads expire, I assume the spam will stop showing up.

I just thought I'd pass this along as a warning to anyone thinking of listing items on Craigslist. It's a great selling tool, but it can also be a pain in the ass.

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