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How are sales handled on the Classifieds

Title pretty much sums up what I am asking. Is Sailnet involved in any of the transactions similar to EBay or is it more like Craigslist?
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Re: How are sales handled on the Classifieds

As far as I know it's like CL - direct contact between seller and buyer. SN is not involved beyond providing the venue. Not sure how effective it's been or, for that matter, how much actual traffic goes there.

Seems that using a local CL or similar venue would be more effective and convenient for most items/transactions.
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Re: How are sales handled on the Classifieds

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Thanks for the info. Just sold my boom to a fellow sailor in need.
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Re: How are sales handled on the Classifieds

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Thanks for the info. Just sold my boom to a fellow sailor in need.
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Did you use the SN classified for that??
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Re: How are sales handled on the Classifieds

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Thanks.. good to know. We get very little feedback about the success - or lack of it - there.
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Re: How are sales handled on the Classifieds

Kinda funny you mention that I was about 3 days away from posting a thread asking the very same question. I know I frequently peruse it but had no idea how often things actually sell. A fellow sailnetter, who had not been online for a while, bought it.
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Re: How are sales handled on the Classifieds

Many years ago we had a nearly new suit of sails for our old T-Bird 26 that had died of old age. I finally admitted that I wasn't going to build another (although I still have the plans) and so offered the sails for sale in the local news paper and through the T-Bird Owners Association. In short order I was contacted by a fellow that wanted the sails. We met, he inspected the sails, and agreed to buy them although he claimed he couldn't pay the full price until he got his next pay check. I agreed to accept his check for about half the price (which was less than 1/2 what I had paid for the sails which had never been used) and a subsequent payment of a like amount when he got paid. He insisted that he needed the sails right away and I (foolishly in hindsight) agreed to let him take them. Of course, when I deposited his down payment, the check was returned for insufficient funds. I tried to contact the fellow by phone but his number--also printed on his check--had been disconnected. I went by his address and learned from a neighbor he'd moved out some weeks earlier. I went by the local post office but he'd filed no forwarding order for his mail. Lastly, I went by Berkeley Marina, where he'd had his boat, and learned he'd quit the marina several weeks earlier as well, leaving unpaid charges for rent there. We never found the fellow, nor got paid for the sails.

I have subsequently sold several expensive pieces of gear--an SL SeaTiger windlass, an Avon 6-Man Life raft, etc. In each case I have met the Buyer in person at a mutually convenient branch of our bank where he/she could inspect the equipment in person (in the parking lot) and if it was acceptable, make payment in cash (which was immediately deposited in the bank) in exchange for a standard form Bill of Sale. I have also purchased equipment in a similar manner using a similar process. If the buyer and seller are in relatively close proximity the foregoing is one way to buy or sell expensive equipment safely or reliably. Another alternative is to use a 3rd party such as an on-line Escrow Service such as https://escrow.com/

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Re: How are sales handled on the Classifieds

I sell loads of stuff on ebay/craigs. Sort of a hobby that pays a little bit.

Cash only on craigslist. I generally list only boat related stuff because of my local, or things too big to ship. Meet in a public place of my choice. Yes, at times it might pay to bring a friend just in case.

Paypal only on ebay.

The hard part of Craigslist is that eventually you have to give out your phone number when meeting up. Sooner or later you end up "making new friends" who will still call you with questions weeks later.

It might be worth getting a prepaid to give out on craigslist. If I sold more I would definitely...
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Re: How are sales handled on the Classifieds

how do i post an ad to the classified page of sn?
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