So, I hate Craigslist. After about 5 attempts to buy something and having only one success, you can understand my dislike. It's like eBay with no accountability, way more sleaze and a small chance that you'll be killed with each transaction.
So, I tried it again this week, b/c I don't remember my lessons very well. A guy was selling a hardback Phantom Hourglass guide that looked to be in good shape for $15, so I bit. Here's an annotated email trail:
First message: me to Dude, Sunday 4:30 pm
I'm interested, please reply to this account or call me at XXX-XXX-XXXX to set up the transaction.
Second message: Dude to me, Sunday 5:20 pm
Ok. When and where can I meet you?
Third message: me to Dude, Sunday, 6:55 pm
Tonight or tomorrow night would be fine. Somewhere in a shopping center parking lot would be good. How about Best Buy? If you'd like to call my cell phone to confirm, I can meet you between 8 and 9.
I rarely keep cash, so in case Dude can make the 8-9 window, I make two trips after sending the email, the first to an ATM for a $20 bill and the second to a convenience store to break it. I wouldn't ask someone to make change during a transaction like this. No message comes until:
Fourth message: Dude to me, Sunday, 10:15 pm
Best Buy is perfect. I can be there at 5:30 or later. Which is best for you?
Fifth message: me to Dude, Sunday, 11:00 pm
I'll be there at 6:15 pm and I'll look for a guy carrying a green hardback.
Sixth message: Dude to me, Monday, 12:15 am
It is Blue for Phantom Hourglass, but yes. I will be there!
So, I arrived a little early and bought a pack of markers in the store, then set up a lookout in front of the store beginning at 6:10 pm. It's raining a little bit, but I'm close to the building. I wait for a few minutes, looking for a guy with a blue book, then a few more. The rain starts picking up, but I wait until 6:35. Then I leave a bit aggravated.
Seventh message: me to Dude, Monday, 7:00 pm
I waited in front of Best Buy from 6:10 to 6:35 in a light drizzle for the opportunity to give you $15 for your book. I will not make the mistake of trusting what you say ever again.
Good luck selling it to some other sucker.
Eighth Message: Dude to me, Monday, 7:05 pm
I thought I had sent you an email HOURS AGO about me not having my vehicle till 7:30pm but by accident I sent it to the wrong person. However, you can keep your "trash" talk. If you want to whine about it like some baby, GO RIGHT AHEAD!
So, here's the problem with people. I'm a trash-talking whiny baby becauseI point out this kid's mistake. No one has any sense of accountability. Just say that you screwed it up and apologize. I screw things up all the time, it's not the end of the world, you just have to 1) realize it, 2) own it, and 3) learn from it.
Of course, I should leave it alone, but he called me a trash-talking whiny baby, so I don't.
Ninth message, me to Dude, Monday, 7:20 pm
It's too bad for both of us that you were able to email me an update only after the fact.
and, of course, Dude can't leave without having the last word.
Tenth message, Dude to me, Monday, 7:32 pm
Yep. Too bad the world doesn't recheck each email after sending it. Oh well, you're no longer interested so I'm done here.
Yes, it's THE WORLD's fault that you sent an email to the wrong addressee. WTF is wrong with people these days? Where's the "sorry man, I sent the email to the wrong place" or "I messed up, would you buy it if I knock a few bucks off for your trouble"? Nothing. I'm a douche b/c I don't let you slide on your screw-up. I weep for the Chinese-dominated future. I should applythe $15 to Mandarin lessons.