Between dealing with scammers, low ballers, no-shows and other time wasters, craigslist transactions are only free if your time has no value.
Thanks, what a nice thing to say about the value of my time.
You misinterpreted my comment. I am pointing out that if you do transactions on craigslist, there is a cost in time and inconvenience. If your time is valuable, this is not free. Also, I was discussing this in context of my
experience using craigslist, which is the reason why renting makes sense for me
. Craigslist varies greatly by locale, some areas have more active markets for camera gear than others. The inconvenience of going via CL will vary considerably by locale.
I expressed no opinion in my post about the value of your time -- that was your interpretation, and it turns out, not the correct one.
I could counter that by saying that someone with reasonable intellgence can easily circumvent those problems which you seem to find with Craigslist (does it really take you that long to read and delete an email?).
It has nothing to do with "intelligence". Some emails do merit a response (e.g. offers). Sometimes a prospective buyer might send emails back and forth and either no-show, or just not be interested in negotiating a fair price.
I suppose with some experience it may be possible to get a little faster at determining who is a time waster and who is worth responding to. But again, acquiring that experience has a cost (in time).