Saturday, July 12, 2008

Craigslist Shoppers Must Be a Sickly Bunch

Yes, Craigslist shoppers must indeed be in frail health.

The latest indication came when I listed a grain mill for sale for the second time. A woman emailed, saying she was interested in it and giving the name of her town. I emailed back, saying I would be driving through her town in a couple of days. No response. A couple of days later I emailed again: I'll be coming through your town around 7:00 p.m. Are you still interested in the grain mill? No response. This morning I received a brief emailed apology, saying she was sick.

The first time I listed the grain mill, another woman was strongly interested in buying it, but she, too, dropped out of email sight for a while, and then reappeared to say she was sick.

The man who wanted to meet me in another town to buy my lab glassware was unable to do it after all because he came down with something.

And then there was the couple who wanted directions to the property I was selling. They never showed up, but I found out later that they'd gotten sick together.

I picture these people reclining on their chaise longues, pale faced, weak, longing to mingle in the world of people who walk around and buy things. Kind of like Mimi in La Boheme. With a laptop.

37 comments:

crystal said...

You can use Craigslist to sell stuff? My sister looks at it for jobs but I thought that's all it was for. Later I'm going to post a photo of a hollyhock .... come and see :)

Susan said...

Heavens, Crystal, you can find all sorts of things on Craigslist! An example: If you had a brief but memorable conversation with a cute guy (or a not-so-cute but nice guy) at the health food store but never got his name, you can post in the Missed Connections section and perhaps connect with him. Plus you can buy and sell stuff, find an apartment, whatever.

Indigo Bunting said...

Oh, this is hilarious, Susan, although not so hilarious in the heat of the well-where-the-hell-are-you moment. I bet a lot of these folk experienced pet-related bouts of late homework in their respective youths.

Susan said...

I'll bet they did, too, IB. I'm glad you enjoyed the post. Even though I still haven't sold the grain mill, lab glassware, or acreage, I think the fink-outs are funny, too.

JHK said...

I thought this post was going to be about Craigslisters who want to trade underpants.

crystal said...

Susan, thanks for the facebook thing. I'm totally lost there but I think I replied correctly :)

Susan said...

Oooh, I didn't know about them, JHK. I'll bet they exist, though.

Thanks, Crystal. I'm still completely lost in Facebook, too. I just decided last night I needed some friends.

crystal said...

Well, I'm always your friend :)

Jennifer Swanson said...

Well, darn, and I just happen to be looking for a grain mill...seriously, and I'm not even sick. Email jenniferatjenniferswansondotcom :)

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that is very funny about the um,the,i will have to finnish this later,i dont feel very good right now!

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