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Buying used can be difficult sometimes.

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Hilarious! It is amazing what people will post on craigslist without ANY information. It's as if they WANT someone to rip them off.

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Or they don't really want to sell it.

I love those folks that you can never set up a time to see it and finally a week or two later it's gone and if you're lucky you get an email with "sold". You've been trying again and again to get them to commit to show it and they can't give you a time but still manage to sell it

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Best way to avoid these types of sellers is if the ad is so vague you have to ask for brand,model number or year and pics etc best to just ignore the ad. If they can't be bothered to place a suitable ad odds are they are far to busy to show and sell the item.
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I had a pretty vague ad when I bought mine. I think it said something like Snowblower / leaf blower $20. I think there might have be a little tiny cell phone picture of the blower sitting in the back corner of the garage in the dark. Could barely make anything out. When I got there the guy said $20 each or $30 for both. I told him I would take both if I could fit them in my small SUV. Got them both for $30 and sold the leaf blower for $50 without doing anything to it.

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I dont even open craigslist ads that dont have photos..
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CL..

I'm with Scot on that one. more times than not the 'great shape' ends up being 1/2 wore out with tons of rust and runs if you shoot it with starting fluid. Of course their are exceptions ( near mint Troy-bilt pony for 'free').. but rarely, so I always just bring up the ones with pic's.
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Some of the best deals I've picked up were from people who had "vague" ads and didn't care what it was, didn't know or it wasn't working right or they were tired of it and wanted it gone.

My 7hp 32" Ariens for $25 is a perfect example. It was an old snow blower that didn't start and they wanted it gone. Couldn't get there fast enough.

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I have gotten some great deals on vague ads. Of course that's after being ignored when asking questions on a lot of vague ads.
I've gotten great deals on misspelled brand names, so make sure you're doing searches for commonly misspelled brand names.
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Some of the best deals I've picked up were from people who had "vague" ads and didn't care what it was, didn't know or it wasn't working right or they were tired of it and wanted it gone.

My 7hp 32" Ariens for $25 is a perfect example. It was an old snow blower that didn't start and they wanted it gone. Couldn't get there fast enough.
Just my luck, went to look at a '79 Ariens yesterday. Auger damaged, bent bucket, welding needed several places,(no rust so dropped off cliff?) didn't run. They wanted $175. The people selling said, "hey these last forever". Not discouraged, going to keep looking for my vintage beauty.
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