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My first Craigslist purchase

June 23rd, 2008 at 06:36 pm

I've heard a lot about Craigslist. I have a co-worker who is addicted and has bought and sold lots of stuff on there. But until now, I had never used it to buy or sell.

My daughter outgrew her bike last year and I've been promising to get her a "new" one ever since. All winter I told her that when spring came, we'd hit the yard sales and find a bike for her. Well, spring came and went and it is now the end of June and still no bike. I refused to pay $200 or more for a new one just on principle.

Last night, something made me think of Craigslist. I went to the site and they actually have a bike category. I clicked and checked the listings and someone right on the border of my town had listed 2 girls bikes just yesterday. The photos looked nice (as much as you can tell about a bike in a photo) so I e-mailed and asked what size they were since she hadn't mentioned that. I got a message this morning that they were 26", which is what I needed. I wrote back and told her I'd like to come see them and could probably do it after work tomorrow. Then, I ended up getting out early tonight so I called her and asked if I could come tonight. She said fine and gave me directions. I went there from the office and checked out the bike. It wasn't perfect but had no significant issues. Her father actually fixed a couple of things while I was there because I wanted to make sure they were easily fixable. Once I was satisfied, I gave her $50 and was on my way. I surprised my daughter with it when I got home and we went out for a ride.

It needs a little work - brake pads, lube, etc. I also told her I'd put on a better seat. But it works fine and is just what she needs.

So if you are ever looking to buy or sell anything, check out craigslist. It is a great service.

7 Responses to “My first Craigslist purchase”

  1. aevans1206 Says:

    I've posted things on there to sell and sold them the same day. It's a great forum!

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    My piano was the first purchase off craigslist for us. We are thrilled with it. Great job on the find!

  3. glock35ipsc Says:

    Same here, listed stuff and either sold the same day or the next. I have been using it more then eBay lately. Costs nothing to use!

  4. Koppur Says:

    Your daughter must be so excited. I've sold and bought things there before (and even found out new apartment listed there) and I like it better than ebay. Quicker sales, no fees, and no shipping. Smile

  5. noppenbd Says:

    Love the C-list. For some reason every time I use it the transaction just seems a lot more pleasant than ebay, I guess because you meet the person face to face.

  6. fruitbowlk Says:

    I purchase things for my dd on there. Why pay full price when you don't have to?

  7. fruitbowlk Says:

    My purchase things for my dd on there. Why pay full price when you don't have to?

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