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How bout some great (sans sarcasm) craigslist experiences?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Joe Nerve, Jun 27, 2012.

  1. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses
    I knocked wood before posting.

    I know most prefer to sell through ebay and talkbass, but it seems easiest for me to do the craigslist thing. I've probably sold about 20 items, and every experience has been a good, if not great one. I just keep 2 absolute rules for myself. They must pay cash, and I must have a number and call and speak with a person before meeting up. I usually let them come into my house to check out equipment, if at all questionable I meet in a public place.

    I sold an Ibanez ATK yesterday for $225, which seems to be an awesome price as some people I noticed are asking a whole lot more these days. Anyhow, I had to put a guy off for 2 weeks because of various reasons, but then finally called him, he came over, he was a super cool bass playing dude - we hung and chatted for a while - AND he gave me $240 for the bass. Insisting I keep the extra. So much easier to me than haggling here, shipping, and dealing with might be the nitpickings of someone not totally satisfied. Using craigslist, people can check out what they're buying, and I don't have to worry about them noticing a scratch that slipped by me or my camera.

    Most of my experiences were identical to the above. Just one other I want to share, which seems to reinforce the notion that karma is a real thing.

    Was selling a zoom pedal for $30 once. It was at a good time when I had multiple endorsements, and was getting a lot of stuff for free. A kid haggled me down to $25. When he came to get the pedal he wanted to know if there was any way I could go down to $20. I saw he was hurting for money and I told him to just take the pedal and keep his money. The look on his face was worth so much more than that $20. I think it kinda actually scared him. I asked him to just pay it forward one day. He ran out of my place as though I pulled a gun on him.

    I'm a craigslist fan.
  2. Other than the hundreds of Nigerian Princes and the likes e-mails flooding my inbox whenever I post something up, nothing but good experiences with c-list. I go by the same rules as you though. Cash in hand local pickup only. No exceptions.
  3. FenderBassist

    FenderBassist In the land of drummers, the bass player is king.

    Oct 28, 2005
    Gilbert, AZ
    I have good luck too. I always put out items for a good price (what I would want to pay for them) without shorting myself significantly. When nice kids come calling for the items and they look like they're starting from scratch I'll also throw them a few extras to give them a good start. It brightens the day.
  4. FenderBassist

    FenderBassist In the land of drummers, the bass player is king.

    Oct 28, 2005
    Gilbert, AZ
    My problem with CL and BP is that when I am searching for band mates I can't seem to find anyone that's serious and enjoys playing beyond what I term to be a "bowling night" approach...rehearsal is their self practice time, songs are reduced to elementary grooves/arrangements, dynamics/accents/syncopation/modulations/odd signatures are all glossed over in favour of a basic rock 4/4 playing approach.

    But selling items has gone well.
  5. williamk


    Apr 2, 2008
    i like CL too, but it just seems like the things you are looking for never pop up...
  6. I bought an SVT-350 and no name 6x10 cab on CL once. I was 17 and had never used it before, so I was convinced that I was going to get knifed or something. Especially since the guy's house was in a shady part of town. But he ended up being a super nice guy, and I got a steal on the rig ($350 total). As an added bonus, he even threw in a super crappy P-style bass for free! I didn't have a need for it and it was on its last leg anyway, so I lit it on fire and smashed it at a gig. :bassist:
  7. MatticusMania

    MatticusMania LANA! HE REMEMBERS ME!

    Sep 10, 2008
    Pomona, SoCal
    Ive hooked up with some awesome people via craigslist. Musicians and otherwise...
  8. 0.
  9. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses
    I don't get it?
  10. say it in 70's porn tone.
  11. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses
    I don't get that either. :)

    What am I missing here?
  12. I think he is suggesting that he has had positive sexual experiences on Craigslist.

    See joke -
  13. Brown chicken brown cow = bom-chicka-bow-wow,

    Anyway, sold a ton of stuff through craigs. It takes a little time vetting people over the phone, so you don't get hagglers showing up, but I have sold 5 or 6 items at solid prices. It's nice because they get to see what they are buying and play it so there are no questions.

    The last thing I sold was a 20 year old but close to mint Hartke 410XL for $225.
  14. Well,it was actually in response to Matticus' "Ive hooked up with some awesome people via craigslist. Musicians and otherwise..."

  15. I scored an Ibanez Soundtank EM-5 for $20- they go for $50-$75. At the same time I got a Pearl analog chorus which didn't appeal to me, but I flipped it for a lil profit.
    I am highly entertained by bicycle ads on CL; like musical products, bikes can be somewhat specialized(not a pun on the MFR)so it tickles me to see stuff misidentified or valued WAAAY beyond what any fool might actually pay.
  16. Great experiences, and not only with musical gear. I've been using it since the 90's. Sold an old kiddy pool to a pig farmer so her pigs could soak in the heat of the summer. Old bikes, matress, couch, endless stuff really. People will buy almost ANYTHING. Clean out your garage/basement/attic. There is free $$$ in there!!
  17. fdeck

    fdeck Supporting Member Commercial User

    Mar 20, 2004
    Madison WI
    HPF Technology LLC
    I gave away some gravel on the Craig. Also, I answered a WTB ad for a speaker and a guy bought one of my DIY cabs.
  18. EricF

    EricF Habitual User

    Sep 26, 2005
    Pasadena, CA
    I've had some decent selling experiences, but usually have to fend off a few low-ballers before I find a legit buyer.

    The last big item I sold was an SVT-CL. I had two guys expend a lot of energy trying to tell me that the current market value on it was no more than $700. The next day, I had a guy drive 2 hours to give me my full asking price of $900 without any haggling. He hung out and BS'd about music, bands, and bass playing for a while. Nice guy.
  19. Stewie26

    Stewie26 Supporting Member

    I have a Fender BG-29 accostic bass I have been thinking about selling but have not cause of the stories I have herad about CL. After reading this tread I might give it a try. One problem is I do not want strangers showing up at my house and checking out my other gear.
  20. I'm trying to sell some stuff now and I'm getting porn pics and requests to hang out and get to know each other better over drinks or wine or something. I know the requests are fake, but it's really helping my self-esteem. LOL

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