The sketchy underbelly of the internet
Have you ever used Craigslist?
With such varied categories as job posts, community activities, and personal encounters, Craigslist was started by Craig Newmark in 1995 as a digital version of the standard newspaper classifieds.
Over time, Craigslist became synonymous with easy online sales, but also grew to be well known for the secretive hookup culture it helped build.
Then, in 2009, a string of killings all leading back to Craigslist ads gave birth to the much-feared moniker of “the Craigslist Killer,” and the sites reputation suffered a major blow.
While as popular as ever, Craigslist has maintained a reputation of being somewhat seedy if not outright dangerous, and once you read these Craigslist horror stories, you’ll see why!
I had an entertainment center advertised and a woman asked to come over to have a look at it, we set up a time and when the time came, she didn’t show up. I texted her and a couple hours later she replied and asked if it was too late to come by, it was 10pm but I said ok. She said she would be there in 10 minutes, but wasn’t there 20 minutes later and I texted her again. 10 more minutes, she said, but she hadn’t shown up by 11pm so I texted again and said we would have to do it another day, and she replied that she was just pulling up. I go to my front door and sure enough she is pulling into the driveway, and there are about 4 or 5 other people in the car with her. They all get out and start walking towards the door and I ask them what they are doing, and the woman says they all want to see the entertainment center. I tell her that only she can come in, and at that point I wasn’t sure I even wanted her to come in. She says she needs at least one other person’s opinion. I say no, she gets indignant and I ask her to leave, and she says that I am not being a very good christian. I say I am fine with that and went in my house and locked all the doors, peeking out the window. One of the dudes who was with her is pissing at the end of my driveway, but then they get in the car and drive away. The whole thing was super bizarre. (Hurray_for_Candy)
Sold a juicer on CL. Ended up dropping it off at this dude’s house. Whatever, it was gone. The next day I see a desk for sale that I want. So I inquire. It’s the same dude. Ok, weird coincidence. I go over and the desk isn’t the one pictured. The ad had a nice Ikea picture. This was a piece of crap that he clearly cobbled together from scraps. I decline. He offers it to me for free. I take it because there were some decent parts I could use to cobble together my own piece of crap. The next day, I get a text from him wanting to know if I want to come over for a beer. No thanks. Then the next day I find an ad for rims for my exact year, make and model of car. Rim size not mentioned but the car is detailed out. Inquire. Same dude.
I realize at this point that during the course of casual conversation he was picking up on other things I said I wanted and, in the case of the rims, he knew I wanted rims and what model of car I drove. So he was posting ads specifically for me to respond to so I’d come over and “hang out.”
Considering my cell phone was still two area codes behind my moving I decided it was a good time to change my number, the locks on my house and swap the batteries in my stun gun. (VenBede)
Bought a Keurig on Craigslist.
Used it for a couple of days, started noticing coffee grounds in my cup. Ignored it.
Saw a cockroach in my kitchen, and found out it was coming from the keurig. Took a flashlight to the inside, and it was infested with a nest of cockroaches.
It wasn’t coffee grounds in my cup. (CougarAries)