1.20.2011

Finding Holes in Statements


Sometimes I am totally baffled by the things people say. Take for instance, what happened yesterday. I was looking through Craigslist postings last night and found an ad where someone wanted to trade their Samsung Epic 4G for an HTC Evo 4G. I have an Evo and was looking for someone that was interested in trading their Epic so obviously this seemed like a great idea. I contacted Joe* to let him know I was interested and that I had an Evo up for trade. 

*Joe is definitely not his real name. It’s a pretend name.

Hole #1
I asked Joe if the phone had a clean ESN. This would mean that the phone is not stolen and there is no money owed by using it. I want to activate it quickly with no hassle. 

Joe told me he had to go check the number, but the person he bought it from assured him it was a clean ESN. (Why would I even believe that other person, assuming there really was another person involved?)

Joe’s response: “The ESN is clean, I bought it at the Sprint store.”

I thought Joe just said he bought it off someone?! He’s lying to me now, isn’t he…

Hole #2
I then asked Joe about the phone itself. Are there any scratches, signs of use or wear, and is it broken in any way? Is it fully usable and is it in like-new condition?

Keep in mind Joe wants to trade his Epic for an Evo, remember?

Joe’s response: “Yes the phone is in great like new condition. The only reason why I am selling my phone is because I need to pay bills.”

What?! I am so lost… I thought we were trading. His ad also said he wanted to trade for an Evo. If you are trading for a phone equal in cost to the one you are trading, I don’t see how this will help you pay your bills.

Conclusion
Joe must think I’m not the average Joe (no pun intended), because if he thinks he has sold me with his awesome reasoning skills, I’m definitely NOT down for a trade. Maybe if he sounded like a semi-decent person I would have been interested in seeing the phone in person. In fact, I decided to lay off Craigslist for awhile and keep my precious phone. Thanks Joe!

(Don't get me wrong, bartering is awesome, I do it all the time with other online friends with bags, but this just put me off to trading with strangers)

So what do you guys think, am I being overly cautious and being too hard on poor Joe who just wants to trade his phone? Or is he totally the reason why Craigslist gets a bad rep?

9 comments:

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You can never be too cautious when dealing with anyone on Craigslist. Joe sounds shady. A non-shady person's answers wouldn't conflict. Keep looking for a different person to trade.

Are there any phone-specific forums and/or technological forums where you could try to trade?

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I would be super cautious if I were you. It sounds shady! Follow your intuition.

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I think it's great to be super cautious when you deal with anything on craigslist. Also, if you do meet up with the person, always pick a busy spot like Tim Hortons or Starbucks to trade or always bring another person with you (just in case).

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You're being cautious which is very important, especially with Craigslist people. I've never bought anything on Craigslist before, only sold things. I try to add pictures to my ad and explain any deficiencies in the ad itself. I want the buyers to know that I'm being an honest seller and that they can trust me. The buyers also always want to take a look at the item before buying. Joe doesn't sound too trustworthy, so I'm glad you made the decision you did.

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Go with your gut. It sounds kind of shady to me.

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