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Date: 3/4/13 5:43 PM

I have noticed from time to time a few of you have mentioned using Craig's list. It seems mostly you have been finding bargains to buy.

Here's the thing...I will need to be selling alot of my late husband's tools and equipment, and the exposure there would be great, but I am a little intimidated by some of the tales I have heard where wierdo's show up and ruin your day.

But then I think, gardeners and woodworkers are mostly not crazy people...right? That is the kind of items I need to move.

I know my sweet departed husband would want me to sell all his stuff and buy that new roof we were planning on, so I don't want to be too timid to do what needs to be done.

What do you all think of selling on Craig's list? Any more risky than any other venue?

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Date: 3/4/13 6:29 PM

If they are small enough, agree to meet in a public place for your transaction. Personally, we have had great experiences with Craig's List--both as sellers and buyers. But I would still be cautious. Particularly with tools. There is also an off shoot of Freecycle here in Maryland called MDSells. You might have something like that too.

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Date: 3/4/13 6:32 PM

Thank you, Portia. Some of the equipment is quite large, so will have to be sold from my home.

I am going to look into that freecycle selling option for selling. I am a member here, but have not logged on in awhile.

Thanks.

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Date: 3/4/13 6:33 PM

Two single-woman options immediately come to mind: meet the potential buyer in a crowded location such as a mall or a coffee shop (my choice), or make sure that someone is home with you and preferably make it look like he or she lives with you. Many people may think I'm paranoid, but better that than being the one horror story out of ten.

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Date: 3/4/13 7:00 PM

I've used CL many times both for buying and selling. So far every transaction has been perfect.

BUT...

You really do need to be careful. I have posted on some other threads that a couple of times I have answered an ad to buy a sewing machine and some nice, older woman living alone gave me her address. My husband and I would show up and she would let us in the house without hesitation (when it was CLEAR she lived alone.)

It really made me worry for her safety - of course I was glad I was the one who bought the machine, but in both cases I really wanted to scold the woman for being so trusting and careless of her safety.

As far as buyers coming to my house, I usually try to meet them in a neutral place - that is often a parking lot of a big shopping center - rather than invite them to my home. Occasionally, based on nothing but my judgement and intuition about someone, I have invited them to my house for the deal. (And my husband is always home when that happens.)

Do you have a male neighbor or relative who could arrange to be at your house if you have a buyer come there? If not, at least try to meet them outside (porch, open garage). Don't let them in your house and don't let on that you live alone.

Good luck!


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Date: 3/4/13 7:44 PM

You are not paranoid. Or maybe you are with good reason. I like your recommendation, it is just that the type of stuff I have to sell is not going to transport well. Woodturning lathe, big ole welder machine, 56 chevy 1 ton, tractor accessories, etc.

So, I am a bit paranoid too. My only other relative lives in Idaho. I guess I've got to think about imposing my sale schedule on friends or neighbors. It is just that I don't know anyone who has enough free time to hang out with me while I do these sale appointments. You make good points, for sure. I just have not figured out how to apply them, yet.

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Date: 3/4/13 7:53 PM

You are on my page with the garage or porch scenario. I can definitely open up the shop on three sides, so that there is no privacy inside. I can lock the office access door and thought I would have my landline handset hooked on my belt...if I call 911 the street address will come up. I could causally mention my nonexistent roommate, as well. I feel a plan emerging. In fact, alot of people have mistaken my sewing room/office part of the building for a living space, so there is an imaginary renter, right there. Sometimes a little help thinking things through goes along way. Thanks.

Yes, I have a male neighbor, but I have all kinds of personal issues about asking him to come over. Not anything wrong with him at all...really nice guy. The issues are my own awkwardness with asking for a favor. oh, golly, I am such a dork.

But so far, have had the good paranoia not to let anyone into the house.

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Date: 3/4/13 7:55 PM

The items are too big to transport, but the local fire department grounds are a great idea if I could transport the stuff.

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Date: 3/4/13 8:19 PM

If you don't have a dog with a ferocious bark, then play a recording of one inside your house... "Down, Killer! Down, Killer!" before you come to the door...

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Date: 3/4/13 8:24 PM

That's funny, 'cuz I was just walking around outside assessing the area, and my dog reminded me what a pain she can be when locked behind doors with strangers on the other side.

I could lock her in the office and say she is my renter's p.i.the a. dog.

Oh, see now we are cookin'. I like it. I knew you guys would get my brain turning.

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