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Tired of Snowblower Scams. Tell Your Story.

In the last week 2 people tried to scam me either when trying to buy a blower or sell a blower.

It is sometimes discouraging to meet and talk to these dishonest people. I know the good folks outnumber the bad ones but it is the bad ones you especially remember.

I am basically speaking of the people who claim "almost new, or low hours, or barely used and stuff like that. Any halfway intelligent person would know better.

or when you are trying sell one they say they are coming over RIGHT NOW! with the cash and make an appt. and NEVER show up. or email you 5-6 times with questions, make an appt. to show and then never show. this is especially irritating.

Or say they will give you what you want, they will even show you the cash and then nit pick you to death with every little thing and then offer half.

I guess it works with some people otherwise they wouldn't attempt it.

It does not work with this ol gangster. The sad thing is , that these people make it harder for the honest people.

do you all have a scammer story? then share it here.

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I bought a Toro CCR 2000e from the side of the road for $50. They told me it was in good, running condition

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I bought a Toro CCR 2000e from the side of the road for $50. They told me it was in good, running condition


Great machine. Good buy if it runs. Not too many things to go wrong on them. Were you able to fix it.


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i tell them if they dont have the money to **** off if i list the price as firm the price is firm. not really any no shows just people that offer less and cant even find anything wrong my machines are all perfect before i sell them
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i tell them if they dont have the money to **** off if i list the price as firm the price is firm. not really any no shows just people that offer less and cant even find anything wrong my machines are all perfect before i sell them
never had much luck putting "firm" in an ad. i usually put the price higher than what i will really take and put "willing to negotiate" and Must sell and get a lot more responses.

then when the people show up they usually ask if you will take "X amount" which is what I really wanted in thr first place.

win-win ....everyone is happy.

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never had much luck putting "firm" in an ad. i usually put the price higher than what i will really take and put "willing to negotiate" and Must sell and get a lot more responses.

then when the people show up they usually ask if you will take "X amount" which is what I really wanted in thr first place.

win-win ....everyone is happy.
Same, bend but not break. Give them a little room to negotiate. Might even get asking price.

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Great machine. Good buy if it runs. It too many things to go wrong on them. Were you able to fix it.

Ultimately, no. Got in way too deep ($$$) and elected to cut my loses. Parts are silly-expensive for the machines now. Had two, sold both, bought the SS Ariens.

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I agree with orangputeh and drmerdp. I never put things like “firm” or “cash only” or any “negative” statement that might scare away a potential sale in an ad (i.e. serious buyers only!, FIRM FIRM FIRM!, low ballers stay away!, etc.). Those statements are for when you are talking to them on the phone or face to face at the appropriate time. In my humble opinion an ad is like a resume, you want to gain as much interest as possible if your goal is to make money and sell the item. The sale is made during the face to face/phone/email conversation, the ad is to bring them to your door and start that conversion.

If you have sold a few things on craigslist or eBay you can pretty quickly eliminate the scammers and low ballers. Yes, it might take a few minutes of your time to deal with a non-serious buyer, but you always have a chance to convert a low baller into a buyer if you have a great machine and can show him/her why.

I do everything I can do to make it easy for the buyer to purchase (increases sales). Here is a trick you can use. When creating a craigslist ad there is an option to allow the customer to call/text you. I never used to give that out as I don’t want my phone number out there for everyone to see. I recently downloaded a free app called sideline that gives your cell phone a second phone number. You can call, text and text pictures from this second number at no cost. I now enable the call/text option in craigslist and use this sideline number. Most all of my recent sales are now contacting me via texting/call vs the standard email feature on craigslist (it’s faster and easier for buyers). If for some reason someone starts abusing the number, I can delete the app, redownload it and pick a new number in my area code. Oddly, I have used it for over a year now and I have not had any issues.

Another technique I have used when talking to buyers when we can’t agree on price is to state I have their name and number and will get back to them in a few weeks if the item hasn’t sold as I just recently listed it. All a true statement and that has locked in many a sale for me.

Finally, I have had two sales in the last year where I was showing the item and I get a call from another potential buyer. The face to face buyer hears me say the item is still for sale but I have someone here looking at it and I will call them back if it doesn’t sell. In both cases the face to face buyer states “tell them it is sold” and purchases it for full price.

Finally Finally….

I am currently watching a high quality snow blower for sale and the seller states that the price is FIRM! I have tracked it for a few weeks and they have dropped the price 3 times now….

Finally Finally Finally….

When I find an item I am looking at buying, I don’t ask “Is the price firm”, I do ask “Do you have any flexibility in your pricing”. In most all cases they say yea, a little. I usually never negotiate the price over email or texting, that is for face to face after I have gone over the machine and point out its flaws. In some instances, the machine is worth what they asking for and I pay their price.
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One of the prevalent scams on Craigslist is the over payment by bank check scam. In short, the scammer will send you an email/text and offer to buy the item sight unseen. They will ask for your contact information to send their "bank check" as they are not readily available to pickup item but will arrange for pickup at a later date. When the bank check arrives it is often 2x more than your asking price. When you contact the buyer on the error, the scammer will tell you to refund 50% of the overage by your personal check and keep the rest for your troubles. The scammer will also tell you to wait a week for the bank check to clear before sending out his refund.

The truth is the scammer knows how banks operate. Although your bank may have released the hold on the scammer's check. No money was actually received by your bank within that time. It may take several weeks for your bank to discover that the check is bad. By that time the scammer has already cashed your personal check. In the end, you will be out the false bank check's amount and any bank penalties for passing bad checks.

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I don't like Craigslist buyers who show up for nothing more than to talk...

It's not a snowblower,but I had a guy drive 90 miles to supposedly BUY a shortwave receiver I had for sale on Craigslist.

He came right in the house,planked himself down in front of the radio and played with it for 2 solid hours.All during this time,he never shut his mouth.I knew more about that guy and his personal life in 2 hours than I know about 90% of my relatives.

Finally I got fed up and asked him if he was buying the radio,he said,"Oh no,I didn't bring any money with me.It's not really what I want anyway.I felt like going for a drive."

I reached over,shut the radio off and escorted him to the door.

So now,when I get the sense I've got a blabber on my hands I come right out and ask if they're interested in buying the item.

I also set a time limit when a person calls and sets up a time to meet.I tell them if they don't show by such and such time,and don't bother to call to say they're running late,don't come at all because the gate WILL be locked.
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