I recently wrote about the old computers that we had replaced with newer, sleeker laptops for the boys. Wednesday night, I went onto Craigs List and posted them up for sale. We had three towers, two monitors, two mice (mouses?), two keyboards, two sets of speakers, and a router and two adaptors.
I made the mistake of asking Ben what he thought I could get for all of these old items and, being the gamer that he is, he told me I might have to pay to have them hauled away, since there were no video cards in any of the computers. As usual, I should have checked with Justin first!
I went ahead and placed the ad, not really knowing what to ask for all of this hardware. I eventually settled on $60 to take the whole batch and when Justin found out, he was horrified. I was already getting texts from one guy who wanted me to break up a set by selling him the one stand alone CPU unit with all of the "stuff" that you would need to use it from another full set, wanted server tag numbers, wanted to talk me down on the price...I was wasting lots and lots of time on this guy who was clearly looking for something for nothing. I mean, they still ran and would be great for someone who only wanted to surf the internet or check their email. Surely there were people who would appreciate that fact.
After going around and around with this guy yesterday morning by text, I went back into the Craigs Listing and edited it to a more serious $110 takes all and rewrote the ad with all of the accompanying information, grouping sets together and adding details, breaking it down by price. I texted Bargaining Guy to let him know that he needed to check the updated listing before we talked any further and that I had mistakenly posted the wrong price without checking with my husband first. He came back with, "No thanks, you just doubled the price." Well, that's fine. I appreciate the fact that it might have looked a little fishy, like a bait and switch, but I swear my intentions were completely innocent. I only wanted to get all of this crap off my dining room table. If it had been just me, I probably would have been willing to simply give the stuff away, but Justin insisted that the monitors alone were worth at least $25 each on their own.
After posting the new, edited listing, I immediately got a text from a woman in Northern Virginia who home schools several children and thought $110 was a great deal for all of this equipment. They are apparently very into computers and the more the better. She offered to come get them within an hour and sure enough, she showed up with her son to help her move them and gave me cash. Not a bad deal and now my dining room table is clear again. Temporarily, because I am still going through the massive amounts of stuff that we have managed to accumulate over the last six years. The dining room has become a way station for crap on its way to a new life.
After I got done with that deal, I went and checked my email to let other people who had inquired know that the computers were no longer available. I also went into Craigs List and took down the listing. In the meantime, however, this had arrived in my email inbox:
You don't know me and shouldn't be calling anyone an idiot. Be careful, because you could get reported for harassment.