Long before I had a baby, I found the wonders of craigslist. But since becoming a parent, craigslist is no longer just for the occasional antique record player or replacement small household appliance. I have bought and sold countless kid-related items on craigslist. It's not only great to be able to buy almost brand new things at a fraction of the cost, but it makes me feel better that I'm not contributing to a landfill by reusing someone else's things and by not throwing away our own.
Anyone who knows craigslist knows it can be...interesting. The people you meet. The situations you find yourself in. I had one of my most interesting craigslist experiences recently.
I listed for sale a convertible backpack/stroller. We'd gotten it used, and already have both a stroller and a backpack that I liked better than the combination one, so I decided to pass it on to someone else. It was in pretty good shape, but not perfect, so I listed it for $20.
A woman called to ask about the stroller. I explained its features, and she asked me almost a dozen questions, among which was if it came with a sun canopy. I told her that I didn't have a sun canopy: I'd gotten it as it was, no canopy included. She asked me if I'd take less, and I agreed that $15 would be ok. I just wanted the thing out of my garage.
We met up in a grocery store parking lot all the way across town from my house. It had been raining on and off, and it was freezing cold. I pulled the stroller/backpack out of my trunk, and shivered my way over to the car that matched her description. She got out, and asked me another dozen questions, told me about her kids and their plans to move to Arizona, and looked over the stroller from top to bottom. I blew into my cold hands and tried to act interested.
After much hemming and hawing, she finally said, "Well, are you sure $15 is as low as you'd go? I'd really rather only pay $10. I was hoping to get a stroller with a sun canopy."
"Alright," I sighed. I'd packed the thing up, hauled it across town, and stood for far longer than I'd ever wanted to in the freezing cold. I really didn't want to take the thing home with me. Like I said, I just wanted it out of my garage.
This is usually where craigslist interactions stop. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case this time.
Not thirty minutes after I get home, my phone rings. I look at the number and recognize it as the woman I'd just sold the stroller to. My gut instinct told me not to answer. To just let her leave a message and find out what she wanted. I should have listened.
"Hello?" I asked.
"Hi, um, I think you just sold me a stroller."
You think? "Yeah?" I said.
"Well, I was looking at it, and it looks like there's some loops on the front. Like something's supposed to attach there, you know. And I was thinking that maybe that's where a sun canopy goes. It looks like you're supposed to attach a sun canopy right there."
Really? A sun canopy? You mean the thing I specifically told you I DO NOT HAVE. "Well," I said with as much patience as I could muster. "I don't have a sun canopy. I never had a sun canopy. Maybe you can find one online or something, but I don't have one."
"Ok," she said. "It's just...well, it looks like there's supposed to be one."
"Good luck," I said as I hung up the phone.
I don't know what she was expecting me to say. "Oh...you mean the *sun canopy.* Right, of course I have that. Why didn't you just ask?"
And why would I hold out on her? "I was just holding onto this sun canopy so I could use it on my....oh wait, no. I sold you that stroller. Well then I was just keeping it to spite you then."
Seriously. There's no sun canopy. And I made that clear from the start. I sold the thing for ten dollars. It's not like I was trying to rip anyone off. I couldn't believe she felt the need to call me up and harass me at home for something I told her was not included.
Ah well, at least I have a little more space in my garage.
What about you? Do you have any good Craigslist stories?