You went through all that "mission impossible" stuff just to sell something? Was it worth it?
Seems like a lot of work and worry. Looking out for accomplices? Really?
You expect them to give you their phone number but you use a throwaway number app??
Why would you ever use Craig's list if you have such worries?
It's your stuff and your decision and I respect that. But if I had any of these concerns, I would not use Craig's list.
Do you ever get a friend with a CCW to wait in the background in case the "deal" goes bad?
It's been busy and I didn't notice this reply but now that Christmas is here and I'm pretty caught up and chillin' I've had a chance to look at CR again.
I think AcutancePhotography's
post deserves a quick reply...
Yes, it is a bit of work and worry. (But not too much.) I realize it seems like I'm going overboard with precautions or that I seem overly paranoid. Unfortunately, it doesn't matter how you choose to sell something, there is possible risk of loss and trouble involved with every method. With ebay, you will pay more in fees and risk someone lying about you as a seller and in the worst case, costing you your item and also your payment due to an ebay buyer protection refund. It has happened.
With Craigslist, I have recently experienced a simple but costly theft in broad daylight. Fortunately there was no violence involved but it could have been prevented by taking precautions. If I am selling a $50 widget, you are correct, all the precautions I mention are probably pointless. But with a $3000+ camera or lens, recent events have proven that I need to be more careful. Not selling on CL may be one choice but I don't like to give up or quit, I like to adapt, solve the problem and carry on to achieve my goal. In this case, my goal is to sell my stuff and not get ripped off.
As for the throw away number... think about it. You are dealing with total strangers. After you deal with a few, you start to realize there are a lot of irritating people out there (at best) and some folks are downright creepy/dangerous (at worst). Until I feel comfortable giving out a real/permanent contact method, I want to have the ability to totally cut them off if I need to without it causing me a lot of trouble/grief in the process.
CCW (Concealed Carry Weapon) - While I do have a license for this in Texas, I rarely carry. I go too many places where it's still prohibited. (Churches, public schools, boy scout property, etc.) And unless I am facing a lethal threat, I can't pull it out anyway. However, after I was robbed, I did give it more thought, that's a fact.
Again, I feel it is best to HOPE FOR THE BEST BUT PLAN FOR THE WORST.
And you're right, taking steps to mitigate problems ahead of time isn't for everyone. In that case, it probably is best to simply avoid selling with a anonymous system like CraigsList.