Disclosure: This post was written based on real situations but the names were changed to protect the innocent, er..the guilty.
I know we have all been there! We do a little spring cleaning and have all kinds of things to get rid of. Why give or throw it away when you can make some money on the buy/sell/trade sites that are so popular? Well, because sometimes…it’s not just not worth dealing with the annoying people!
Here is a typical ad like many I’ve placed that I will use for an example.
Baby boy lot of ten outfits, size twelve months in EUC. No stains, tears, rips or fading. Beaumont porch pick up. No holds over 48 hours. $20 Firm.
Here are the 10 types of annoying people I have run into.
1. Low Ball Lucy
We all know Lucy. She doesn’t even see or acknowledge the word FIRM and won’t take no for an answer! The conversation usually goes a little something like this.
LBL: “Will you take $10?”
Me: “No, price is firm.”
LBL: “What’s the lowest you will go?”
Me: “$20 is FIRM!”
LBL: “Will you take $15?”
Me: “Still firm at $20.”
LBL: “What about $16?”
2. Change Only Chelsea
I don’t know where Change Only Chelsea works but she just goes around with rolls of change and refuses to give you anything in denominations less than a big ole’ pile o’ change!
She leaves you $20 in 75 quarters, 5 nickels, 50 pennies and 10 dimes in an envelope not thick or sturdy enough to hold it all with money spilling out and dropping everywhere the second you pick it up.
3. Late Leslie
Late Leslie can’t show up on time to save her life. She’s not late just once. She’s ALWAYS late.
LL: “I will be there at 1:00.”
Me: At 1:15 “Are you still coming.”
LL at 2:00: “Oh my car broke down and my daughter is sick and my dog ran away. Can I come tomorrow?”
Me: “Yes 1:00 tomorrow.”
LL at 1:30 the next day: “I totally forgot I have a dentist appointment. Can I come tomorrow?”
Me: “Yes 1:00 tomorrow.”
LL at 3:00 the next day: “Pass.”
4. Silent Sally
Silent Sally starts out full of exuberance and immediately tags you five seconds after you post.
SS: “I want this! When can I come pick it up?”
Me: “Sending you a PM.”
SS: No answer
Me: “Do you still want this Silent Sally? I sent you a PM yesterday.”
SS: No answer
Me: “Silent Sally I sent you a PM two days ago. Are you still interested?”
SS: No answer
Me: “Last call for Silent Sally. I’m moving on to the next person if I don’t hear back from you today.”
SS Two days after you sold it to someone else. “Is this still available? I really want it!”
5. Bail Out Bonnie
Bail out Bonnie is probably the worst offender to me. She feigns interest and strings you along so that you miss out on selling to five other people who were interested, only to bail on you at the last minute after dragging it out for a week.
BOB: “I really want this and can pick up today.”
Me: “Great, here is my address.”
Ten hours later. “You forgot to pick this up.”
BOB: “I had to spend my money on gas and have nothing left. Can you hold two more days until I get paid?”
Me: “Ok but just this once. Please make sure you come that day because I have other people interested.”
BOB Two days later: “I was gonna come today but my car had a flat tire and I have no way of getting there now. I can borrow a car tomorrow if you can hold one more day.”
Me: “Ok last chance.”
BOB The next day: “I’m gonna have to pass.”
6. Short Cash Stephanie
Poor Stephanie never has enough cash to buy what she wants and she always has a sob story as to why. She preys on your emotion and compassion and then when you give her an inch, she takes ten miles.
SCS: “Will you take $15? I really want these but my husband lost his job and we are broke. I would love these for my sweet baby boy. He really needs new clothes.”
Me: “Ok since you are in a tough spot I would love to help you out. I will take $15 even though I said $20 Firm.”
SCS arrives to pick up items in her Lexus SUV, looks in her Coach purse and says “I’m short two dollars. Will you take $13?”
7. Anal Alyssa
Anal Alyssa, unlike most others, actually shows up exactly when she says she’s going to and even pays full price without hesitation. Well hallelujah, finally sold them! One hour later:
AA: “You said these were in EUC but I found a small stain on the inside of one of the onesies.”
Me: “I’m sorry I didn’t see that since it was inside and you can’t see it when he is wearing it.”
AA: “Also, the navy blue onesie is slightly faded.”
Me: “I’m sorry I never noticed that. He only wore it twice.”
AA: “These aren’t as cute as I thought.”
AA: “I’d like to return these for a full refund.”
8. Illiterate Isabel
Illiterate Isabel asks questions that are clearly outlined in the original post. Refer to my example ad above.
II: “How much?”
Me: “20 Firm.”
II: “What size?”
Me: “12 months.”
II: “What kind of condition are they in?”
II: “Any stains, tears or rips?”
II: “How many outfits are there?”
9. Big Bills Bertha
The main reason I do porch pick up is because of all these different types of people I run into. Plus I don’t have time to load up three kids to go meet someone who may or may not show up, all for a $5 item.
I clearly state porch pick up in my ad so they know from the get go. Then when I PM the person, I explain to them that they will need to bring exact change and leave the money under my mat because I may or may not be home. The whole beauty of porch pick up is so that you DON’T have to coordinate schedules, you don’t have to talk to each other and it’s just easy!
It never fails that I’ll get a Big Bills Bertha banging on my door (always at nap time) with a hundred dollar bill she needs me to break for her $3.00 item.
Me: “I told you to bring exact change.”
BBB: “I know but this is all I have.”
Me: “I wasn’t even supposed to be here except that my son got sick so I had to stay home. What would you have done if I wasn’t here?”
BBB: Blank stare
10. Excuse Filled Evelyn
Excuse Filled Evelyn is basically a cumulation of all of these other people because they always have an excuse. I have heard it all but I have to say, most people use the same excuses over and over, which is how I know they are lies. This leads me to the top ten excuses I have heard from Excuse Filled Evelyn, in order of frequency.
- My car broke down. (I hear this almost daily. Does anyone have a working car? How is everyone getting around?)
- My kids are sick. (So are mine. That’s why I wait until my husband is home or leave them in the car while I run up to the house…)
- I don’t have enough cash until payday. (And you responded to my ad that says NO HOLDS because???)
- I don’t need it anymore because my husbands sisters daughters cousins best friend gave me one. (And you just now found this out three days after you were supposed to pick it up? Hmmm).
- I thought this was something else. (Yes I can see how my ad was confusing to you….)
- I can’t meet you today so forget it. (Um, there’s always tomorrow!)
- You live too far. (This one always kills me because the sites are for the specific city I live in. Then someone from a town thirty miles away wants me to meet them halfway for $10. Um…no. )
- It’s too expensive. (Not sure why you responded to my clearly priced ad then).
- I can buy this for just $10 more brand new at Walmart. (Ok…..go ahead then….YOU responded to MY ad.)
- My dog died. (I’m….sorry??)
The moral of the story is this: People are annoying, and flaky, and rude. 90% of my dealings on these sites have been with one of the aforementioned types. I will now be trying my luck with the consignment sales I’m suddenly hearing so much about and donating whatever is left!
Thanks to your feedback I’ve added those that didn’t make it in my top ten but I figured they at least deserved an honorable mention. Have I missed anyone? What awful experiences have you had? Do tell!
You know Lexy. She’s the one that “likes” your picture of the item you’re selling. Um, are you just letting me know you like them for kicks and giggles or are you actually interested?
Freida reminds me a bit of Lexy. She will simply post the word “following” so that she gets notifications when others post. Um, are you actually interested or just nosey?
Drop off Donna
Donna not only wants to buy your item at a discounted price a week from Friday when she gets paid pending all top ten calamities; she would also like to know if you are ever in her area twenty five miles away and could possibly drop it off!
We all know the rules on these sights. The seller is supposed to give dibs in order interest is expressed. It never fails that you get Ella who has spent too much time on Ebay jumping in after five people have expressed interest and offering to pay double if they sell it to her right now. Um, wrong sight Ella. You can’t outbid people. That’s not how we play here.
Rachel is the girl that talks you down like Lowball Lucy, takes advantage like Short Stephanie and then turns around sells it for double what she talked you into.
Polly’s response is always the same “gotta ask the hubs.” She strings you along for a few days only to come back with “the hubs said no.” Wow what kind of drill sergeant is she married to that won’t let her buy a $5 item without permission?
You Asked for it and You got it!
This post really focused on the annoying buyers but let’s not forget those awful sellers! Here is my post dedicated to the Top Ten Annoying Sellers!
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