No response- not even scammers- from CL ads; what is my issue?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by bassteban, Oct 22, 2012.

  1. I put a bass and amp up FS on Craigslist- got a couple of scammers on the bass, but after renewing, nothing. Suggestions?
  2. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    Try here I love this community I don't do the list don't want people coming to my home and seeing my other goodies
  3. I've had both items up here for months- poor market ATM I guess. I always meet in a highly-public & neutral location.

    Edit: What I meant was *is there something I may have done to make it impossible for potential buyers to contact me*? I recently sold a bicycle via CL, so I know it was functioning.
  4. hdracer


    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
    Check your spam folder.
    For some reason they end up there a lot for me.

    But the Viagra and hair growing ones find my in box.
  5. Nothin special there- legit ads & boner pills

    Edit: Thanks for the tip(no pun):rolleyes:
  6. Bassamatic

    Bassamatic keepin' the beat since the 60's Supporting Member

    It may be the headline - not clear. I see them all the time - "guitar for sale" (and it's a bass) with no real description inside so the search engine cannot find what it's looking for.

    It may be the price - I just saw an ad for an SX Jazz bass for $150 that was described as a "hand-made custom bass". And it was a P bass.

    I am not saying you are doing this, but just some examples of ads that probably got no offers.

    When I have stuff on CL that I really want to sell, after 2-3 weeks, I start to lower the price every week by 5% or so until it gets stupidly low or someone bites. It took me 2 months to sell my Squier VM fretless. Started at $250 and sold it for $160. Times are tough.

    ALSO - you have to have 2 ads going - one on Saturday morning and the other on Wednesday morning and keep renewing them. People are too lazy to scroll through all the ads.

    AND - GOTTA HAVE GOOD PHOTOS!!!! I never bother if they don't have photos.

    Good Luck!
  7. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Well, pretty much the price of everything has dropped a bit other than really high-end boutique stuff. So, if you are asking the same price you would have four years ago you are probably pricing yourself out of the market. I don't know that to be the case. Just a guess.

    Also, I get completely turned off by ads with a lot of lectures in them. If an ad ends with "Go away if you are a scammer." "I don't need the money so don't bother low balling me!" "Tire kickers will be thrown in the pond!" (That's an actual quote from a recent ad here.) ....or any other lecture that assumes I am some sort of child, I don't bother to respond even if the item is something I really want. Those kinds of things let me know that dealing with you will be no fun at all. Again, I haven't looked at your ad. I am just throwing things out there.

    Generally, ads should be short, to the point, positive, informative, and include GOOD PICS. If your ad is already like that, and you still haven't gotten any hits, it's either an item nobody in your area wants, a bad market overall, or you have priced it too high.

    Good luck.
  8. I always get at least a couple scammers... what's your secret?
  9. That's what I wanna know! I could bottle and sell it
  10. Balog


    Mar 19, 2009
    Bothell, WA
    I've noticed a marked dropoff in spam/scam emails from CL postings in the last few months. Can't think of the last one I got.

    As for the lack of response, probably a market thing.
  11. Don't feel bad. I'm selling a sweet Fender Jazz bass dirt cheap and have only gotten two responses.
  12. MarkA

    MarkA *** Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2008
    If you're worried that it might be a technical issue, have a friend try to respond to your ad through CL. See if you get the response!
  13. hdracer


    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
    CL must have put in better spam filters or something.
    I have five things listed and have not got one spam email in a week.
    No low ballers ether.
    Very few responses though. I do have a guy coming over today to check out my Spector.

    It does seem you have to have your gear listed dirt cheap to get any kind of response.
  14. Jeff Bonny

    Jeff Bonny

    Nov 20, 2000
    Vancouver, BC
    CL is a waste of time unless you have something at least slightly out of the ordinary or you're willing to give it away. The only hits I've had on a mint Genz cab less than a year old that I've got listed for less than half the cost of a new one are two paypal scammers and a very persistent lo-baller.
  15. Matthew_84


    Nov 7, 2010
    Yeah, I'm in the same boat. I have a bass up, that I believe is priced well. I'd only take $50 off of the asking price before it's not even worth it for me to sell it, and there are no biters, no one even trying to negotiate. I'd just list as $50 lower and mark it as FIRM, but people will still always ask.

    Drives me nuts.. I need the bread
  16. CL is for buyers. TB is for sellers (and buyers). Coffee is for closers.
  17. bassinplace


    Dec 1, 2008
    Your links are telling me "posting has expired". So either you took them down or they're not working on my side. Sorry I can't be of more help than that, just fyi.
  18. Hey, thanks for the recent input; I'd forgotten this thread... sold the bass, decided to keep the amp. Sold a bicycle and frameset via CL, both were near-giveaways.
  19. bassinplace


    Dec 1, 2008
    Oops! Sorry! (dang! suckered in again!) :oops: Glad you sold your stuff, anyway.