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NBR: Have you used craigslist?

I'm trying to sell my oboe on craigslist, and both replies that I've received since I listed it on Tuesday have been seemingly sketchy.  One wants me to send them my email because they have been unable to correspond through the site (um, false, as that person JUST sent me a message through the site), and the other is asking for the reasons why I am selling the oboe and the instrument's condition (both of which I've listed in the listing itself).  Has anyone on here had experience selling through craigslist?
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  • DH and I have sold a few things, but I always had him coordinate it and be the contact. I've always felt nervous doing it as a woman. There were a few sketchballs from what I remember, but we didn't have a bad experience. If you're not getting the responses that you want, could you contact a middle school to see if a new student wants it? That's what I would do. DH is a former band director, so I'll ask him if he has any other suggestions.
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  • I thought about contacting the schools, but it seems like the wrong time of year for buying instruments.  When I worked at a music store right after college we were slammed at that time and then it was kind of dead until Christmas. 

    I'm also using eBay right now since they're offering free listing through the end of February...I sure sneaked that one in!

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  • I've sold on Craigslist several times. You kind of just have to use your own judgement. If someone seems super shady you should probably ignore them. I'm not sure that the person that asked about the condition is shady, even though it was listed in the post. If I buy from Craigslist I usually confirm the condition, etc in the email.

    I usually just make sure my husband is going to be home when the person comes to pick up whatever I'm selling. And I don't give them my address until I'm fairly certain they're legit. 

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    I've sold on Craigslist several times. You kind of just have to use your own judgement. If someone seems super shady you should probably ignore them. I'm not sure that the person that asked about the condition is shady, even though it was listed in the post. If I buy from Craigslist I usually confirm the condition, etc in the email.

    I usually just make sure my husband is going to be home when the person comes to pick up whatever I'm selling. And I don't give them my address until I'm fairly certain they're legit. 

    Ditto all of the above.  Sometimes people don't read carefully or sometimes they're just confirming what was in the ad.  That alone wouldn't sketch me out. 

    However, unless it was something I couldn't bring with me to a public location (i.e., a couch), I would meet them somewhere public.  An oboe seems pretty portable so I would just meet them at a Starbucks or something.

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  • I've bought and sold things on craigslist, and had good experiences.  I'd ignore the first and reply to the second.  The second person may have just been burned before, and want to make sure everything is as you say in the ad.

    If you still feel uncomfortable, meet them in a public place.

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  • We sold some baby stuff on CL....  and I've bought concert tickets. 

    All experiences were excellent.  No one has even attempted to haggle.  They just come and pick up the items, give you cash, smile and leave.  

     Like the others said, ignore the weirdos, and chat with the people who sound normal.  You'll find a good buyer!

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    We sold some baby stuff on CL....  and I've bought concert tickets. 

    All experiences were excellent.  No one has even attempted to haggle.  They just come and pick up the items, give you cash, smile and leave.  

     Like the others said, ignore the weirdos, and chat with the people who sound normal.  You'll find a good buyer!

    Aw, you lucked out. Every time MH or I sold something on Craigslist, we've had people haggle with us. Some people would get pretty ridiculous too; like the woman who wouldn't pay more than $25 for a fully-equipped 30 gallon aquarium that MH asked only $75 for, way less than what it was actually worth. I won't even get into trying to sell our old lawn mower last summer, it was awful!

    To the OP, you'll get a few oddballs, but it's usually not a big deal to just ignore them. Just use your best judgement, and try and meet them someplace public to be safe.

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  • until this thread i dont think i'd ever heard a good review of an experience. so the answer is no :) have you thought about contacting local music schools to sell it? one by me buys used instruments.
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  • I've sold several things, usually baby items, and bought concert tickets.  There are usually some weird responses, but I just ignore them.  I never list my phone number in the original listing, and hide my email address as well so they only see the generic one.  I always meet someplace public, unless DH can be home when someone comes.  I've never had a bad experience with it.
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    I thought about contacting the schools, but it seems like the wrong time of year for buying instruments.  When I worked at a music store right after college we were slammed at that time and then it was kind of dead until Christmas. 

    I'm also using eBay right now since they're offering free listing through the end of February...I sure sneaked that one in!

    If my experience at an auction last weekend is any indication, try Ebay!  30+ yr old beat-up instruments from a high school were going for $900+!!!

    Granted, I'm not an instrument person so I have no idea what the "details" were but I was blown away that they were going for that much!

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  • The schools here try to get their students to pick an instrument in the spring for fall band. That's why I rec going to the schools. Also, you might find a student who is renting an instrument that wants to buy.
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  • My DH loves Craigslist.  He got rid of a bunch of junk and we even got a really nice dinning room table off of CL!  It's Ethan Allan and we never would have gotten it otherwise.  Basically, use your common sense and if they seem weird or sketchy ignore them and re-list it later or on ebay.  As PPs have said, just because they asked the same thing that's already in the ad doesn't necessarily rule them out. They could just be confirming or they could be an idiot, but either way it might be worth continuing to email with them before giving up completely.  You just sort of have to feel people out.

    When my DH was selling some Magic cards he was dealing with some guy that kept haggling with him and asking him to keep the cards and he would drive 3 hours and come and get them.  He would try to get my DH to lower the price by saying gas was expensive and he didn't have a job.  He also kept mentioning his 3 year old son and things he needed to buy for the son.  Basically, he should have been spending his money on his child instead of some Magic cards my husband's had since 7th grade.  The weirdos really come out on CL!

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  • I used to buy and sell on craigslist a lot and I've learned it's always a gamble.  I ignore weird messages completely - although asking about the condition of the item your selling may just mean they want to hear it from you. And I don't ever hold something for someone for more than an hour or so, more times than not they flake and you've wasted your time.  good luck!
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    The schools here try to get their students to pick an instrument in the spring for fall band. That's why I rec going to the schools. Also, you might find a student who is renting an instrument that wants to buy.

    Ah, good point.  It's been almost 30 years since I started playing the flute (ugh, I'm old!), and I started at a weird time as it was...I'd forgotten they start asking kids in the spring for the next school year.

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