You would have thought I had just jumped up and down on his mother’s grave. They left quickly, and entirely in a huff. It was the most bizarre incident I’ve experienced out of thousands of Craigslist transactions. It also turned out to be the most profitable one.
It all started when a guy and his girlfriend came over to look at a refrigerator late one evening. I had purchased the refrigerator for $150 and had listed it for $550. When they arrived, my first impression was that he was coming along to teach her how to talk someone down on their price. I’m almost sure that he used to sell cars. After about 5 minutes of tire kicking the nearly new side by side refrigerator, he asks to be alone in the garage with his girlfriend so they could discuss the purchase. Reasonable, right? So I give them a few minutes and return. He tells me they would like to buy the refrigerator for $250. I said absolutely not. He then asked for another five minutes. So five more minutes goes by and I come back out only to find him looking through our friend’s upright freezer that was being stored in our garage. This, he says, is what he would really like to buy! There was then an awkward pause as I’m thinking about how only a douche would possess the audacity required to look through someone else’s freezer without asking. Looking back, I think he was trying to act like he wasn’t very interested in the side by side refrigerator, putting him in the position of strength. I balked, and just said that it wasn’t for sale. Are you sure you don’t want to sell it, he said. Yes I said firmly, with a strong hint of disgust. He then went on to say that they were willing to pay $300. I countered with $450. He then asked for a few more minutes. When I returned he hemmed and hawed and repeated his last offer of $300. Unbelievable.
Right then, like a lifeline from heaven, my phone rang. So I excused myself and went inside the house to answer it. It was a man calling about the same side by side refrigerator that the couple were looking at. He asked if I still had it. I told him that I did, but that someone was outside trying very hard to get me to sell it at a much lower price. He immediately told me that he had cash and that he and his parents could come right away and pick it up. Outstanding!
I quickly went back out to the garage and told the couple that someone had just called offering to pay full price and that the refrigerator was sold. Thinking I was bluffing, the he immediately grabbed his girlfriends arm and left in such a huff that you would have thought I had jumped up and down on his mother’s grave.
They then sat out in their car in front of the house for a good 10 minutes, I think hoping to call my bluff. They eventually left, and the other buyer showed up a few minutes later with his elderly parents in tow. He was a big, friendly, barrel-chested man that looked like he could bear hug the fridge into the truck by himself. His parents, whom the refrigerator was being purchased for, were a very sweet elderly couple. One look at the refrigerator and he pulled out $550 cash and handed it to me. He shook my hand and we loaded it into their old Chevy truck. A moment later they drove away. I had just made $400 profit.
To this day, I have not had a transaction even come close to being as bizarre. Nor have I had one end so pleasantly. And it just so happened to be my most profitable single transaction to date.
Sometimes I only make $75-$100 on a transaction. When I started, I often made only $20-$50 on an item. However, never underestimate making small amounts of money. Just check out this man’s incredible story!
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