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Outrageous Craigslist pricing; do you contact or just mark as prohibited?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by brokenbones, Jun 19, 2017.

  1. brokenbones

    brokenbones Tele-Meister

    Mar 15, 2012
    I came across a steal of a deal today while purusing Craigslist. A 2008 MIM Strat w/gig bag for the low, low price of $900. They had a couple of other items for sale that were listed above double their value. Normally in these situations i'll just flag the listing as prohibited and move on. But today was different... I found myself wanting to contact the seller just to see where their head is at.

    The item that caught my eye was an '84-'87 MIJ tele. They were asking $1150.

    So what do you guys do when you kind of want an item thats listed unreasonably high? Have you had any luck convincing the seller to come to their senses about their pricing? Or, do you just flag them for being a dumbarse and move on?

  2. h4ck.b0x7

    h4ck.b0x7 Tele-Holic

    Nov 29, 2011
    United States
    I post links so everybody can see the listing and call them with low offers.
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  3. teleamp

    teleamp Poster Extraordinaire

    Oct 17, 2006
    Prairie Hill, Texas
    Do you know all of the factors involved in their pricing? I just ignore the ones that are overpriced in my opinion and move along.
    jvin248, rburd2, John Owen and 8 others like this.

  4. Bob M

    Bob M Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    May 11, 2011
    North of Boston
    If I have real interest in the item I would still initiate contact. If they come back with "the price is firm" I back off. A lot of times I have ended up with something at a reasonable price despite a crazy initial asking price.

  5. Mike Simpson

    Mike Simpson Doctor of Teleocity

    Mar 19, 2006
    Gilbert, AZ (PHX)
    Just ignore anything that is priced too high or isn't what you want.
    Trying to be the craigslist volunteer police department is a thankless full time job and just adds one more jerk to craigslist.
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  6. Chud

    Chud Poster Extraordinaire Platinum Supporter

    Dec 30, 2010
    New York City
    Yeah, I'd be more wary of extremely LOW prices on CL since that would likely indicate either stolen goods or some sort of scam.

  7. teleamp

    teleamp Poster Extraordinaire

    Oct 17, 2006
    Prairie Hill, Texas
    I had a Telecaster that everyone who played it would ask if I wanted to sell it, it was worth at least $800, I told them that I would take $1400 for it, that usually shut them up... maybe the OP really does not want to sell... sometimes the best response, is, no response...
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  8. IronSchef

    IronSchef Tele-Holic Platinum Supporter

    You know - sometimes the seller just doesn't know enough ... lots of folks inherit guitars and look to CL to sell them.

    I have contacted 4 or 5 sellers with polite "I'm not interested in purchasing your guitar - but I thought you might like to know that same model lists new for $xx", giving them a link to amazon or sweetwater, etc - and EVERY time I have gotten a "wow - had no idea, thanks for setting me straight" reply
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  9. IronSchef

    IronSchef Tele-Holic Platinum Supporter

    I guess I am NOT as nice on the "flip-side" of that one though (when the guitar is listed too LOW) ... those I pounce on!! :p

  10. Kirchensfan

    Kirchensfan Telefied Silver Supporter

    Jan 1, 2013
    New Jersey

  11. E5RSY

    E5RSY Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 5, 2009
    Georgetown, TX
    Why would I care? The market can take care of itself; it doesn't need me to ride herd.

    If it's something I want, I make what I consider a reasonable offer and let it be. If I am right and they are wrong, there's a good chance they'll swing back around and contact me when they see their error.

  12. filtersweep

    filtersweep Tele-Meister

    Jul 27, 2011
    Prohibited? How? Why? Nothing illegal going on.

    Just move on.

    I saw a non-Fullerton Strat advertised and priced as a 'Fullerton.' The ad was entirely wrong and misleading- but I let it go. I don't think the seller would appreciate my help- and doubt CL cares.

  13. Stratandtele

    Stratandtele Tele-Meister

    Mar 31, 2016
    New Jersey
    Possible scenario....
    Wife says"You have way too many guitars etc., sell it we need $$$"
    Husband, not wanting to part with said equipment, "look honey I've got it listed on craigslist"(at ridiculous prices he but not she KNOWS nobody in their right mind would pay) to placate wife. Or, they're just dumbasses who think a recently produced MIM has RISEN in value after it left the store?
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  14. beyer160

    beyer160 Tele-Afflicted

    Aug 11, 2010
    On Location
    "Yeah honey, I'm trying to sell that guitar just like I said I would! No one wants to buy it yet, but I'll keep trying..."

  15. suave eddie

    suave eddie Tele-Holic

    Feb 28, 2009
    Great White North

    What could possibly be considered "prohibited" by someone asking more than you're willing to pay for an item. You've got to be kidding.
    Save your outrage for something real.

  16. exactopposite

    exactopposite Tele-Meister

    Dec 31, 2010
    I don't see the problem here. If the price is too high no one will buy it. I don't understand why you feel compelled to do something about it.

  17. suave eddie

    suave eddie Tele-Holic

    Feb 28, 2009
    Great White North
    Someone who is confused about what constitutes prohibited considers themself to be the Craigslist monitor.

    Users must comply with all applicable laws, the CL terms of use, and all posted site rules.

    Here is a partial list of goods, services, and content prohibited on craigslist:

    • weapons; firearms/guns and components; BB/pellet, stun, and spear guns; etc
    • ammunition, clips, cartridges, reloading materials, gunpowder, fireworks, explosives
    • recalled items; hazardous materials; body parts/fluids; unsanitized bedding/clothing
    • prescription drugs, medical devices; controlled substances and related items
    • alcohol or tobacco; unpackaged or adulterated food or cosmetics
    • child pornography; bestiality; offers or solicitation of illegal prostitution
    • pet sales (re-homing with small adoption fee ok), animal parts, stud service
    • endangered, imperiled and/or protected species and any parts thereof, e.g. ivory
    • false, misleading, deceptive, or fraudulent content; bait and switch; keyword spam
    • offensive, obscene, defamatory, threatening, or malicious postings or email
    • anyone’s personal, identifying, confidential or proprietary information
    • food stamps, WIC vouchers, SNAP or WIC goods, governmental assistance
    • stolen property, property with serial number removed/altered, burglary tools, etc
    • ID cards, licenses, police insignia, government documents, birth certificates, etc
    • US military items not demilitarized in accord with Defense Department policy
    • counterfeit, replica, or pirated items; tickets or gift cards that restrict transfer
    • lottery or raffle tickets, sweepstakes entries, slot machines, gambling items
    • spam; miscategorized, overposted, cross-posted, or nonlocal content
    • postings or email the primary purpose of which is to drive traffic to a website
    • postings or email offering, promoting, or linking to unsolicited products or services
    • affiliate marketing; network, or multi-level marketing; pyramid schemes
    • any good, service, or content that violates the law or legal rights of others

  18. rich815

    rich815 Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    Aug 22, 2016
    San Francisco Bay Area
    They list really high on CL because they know they will get bozos making offers at 1/3rd their asking price.
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  19. kelnet

    kelnet Telefied Ad Free Member

    Apr 17, 2008
    Port Moody, BC
    You should take a read through this thread:

  20. waparker4

    waparker4 Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Nov 9, 2011
    Philadelphia, PA
    Why would it be "prohibited" to list with an asking price that is too high ?

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