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Facebook Marketplace v Craigslist v ebay

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I am not a fan of Facebook but see more and more links provided by forum members to check out a car on Facebook Marketplace. 

 

Then I put one of my cars on Des Moines Craigs List, which now costs $5 (not a big deal, except).  I do the obligatory warnings about no Spam, serious only, etc and place a bargain basement price on the ad.   The 1st 15 responses, some almost instantly, were scammers.   Ding ding went my phone, only to swipe them away. 

 

No local real people have shown interest. Granted, it has only been a day, but under the new $5 rules, your ad drops immediately. 

 

My wife said craigslist is dead.  Is this "Facebook Marketplace" ready to take off?  Is it set up to eliminate stupid scammers?  Why doesn't Craigslist do something to stop the scammers? 

 

I ad really poor results on ebay as well, trying to sell 2 older enthusiast cars.  Both ended with sales.  Both buyers were deadbeats playing around and I saw no money and no follow up.  I cancelled the results with ebay, and ebay said something like I would get my fees back if I relisted.  But I went to relist and saw where there was no refund.  More listing fees.  And no way to communicate to the company ebay.  Anybody ever tried to reach an ebay employee to assist?  It's impossible!

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The benefit to FB marketplace is that you can see a little about who you are dealing with (usually local people).  You can get a good (or bad) feel about them based on what you can see about them.  With CL you don't even know what the person's name is.

 

Craigslist and FB don't particularly care about scammers because they don't have to.  The sites are not involved handling money or in the actual transaction itself.  Its buyer (and seller) beware.

 

I personally use them both (and eBay) all the time to buy and sell all sorts of different things.

 

If you only list "buy it now" on eBay, it eliminates most bad buyers.  That's what I do.  I never list as an auction.  Sellers will normally contact you about your price, and you can vet them, rather than them being able to just click to bid without consequence.

 

Of course there are no absolutes. 

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Actually with ebay you can do a classified ad type listing which is better than a buy it now as people often hit the buy it now with no intention of buying.  Might be cleared up some if you add they need to make an immediate deposit.  I only use auction format so I'm not sure how that all works,  other than I have heard Matt complain about guys always banging his buy it now and never following through.  As anyone knows,  the first time on ebay is the time you will make the sale.  If you have to relist,  it kills the enthusiasm so your item now seems tainted and very hard to sell the second or worse yet following runs through. (why didn't the last guy buy it,  must be a POS) 

 

Facebook with a few tweeks could really rule the market.  Letting you search by newly listed in the automotive section would really help when searching by a specific set of years.  Also a larger search area would be nice.  We are looking for cars and willing to travel hundreds of miles but they limit you to around 100 I think.  I also notice some ads seem to kind of disappear but aren't pulled,  then after a while you will see them again.  

I think craigslist drove people away with the 5.00 charge.  It's not the money,  but the fact you get buried and can't refresh without paying another 5.00.   Lots of guys have shifted to listing in other places like Barter but those items don't turn up in car searches,  only general searches.  

I search by decades using for example 192* to search for 1920's stuff and it pulls up all results for anything with 1920-1929 in the title or listing.  Granted I get to look at lots of stuff from Grandma's house but cars and parts show up as well. 

 

 

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I have decent luck with CL . Both buying and selling. Perhaps scammers don't bother with Canada much, or perhaps old car / tools etc. related listings are not as popular with scammers as I devices and related gear.

So far several decent price purchases and several sales. Nothing involving very much money but some good transactions.

Facebook seems to have way too much baggage for my comfort. Probably just the sensationalist media but even Zuckerberg himself did not give me much confidence during his televised testimony.

Ebay is hopeless as a selling platform for Canadians. The shipping kills us when selling. Buying I can get things sent to my U.S. address. In theory I can take Canadian goods to the U.S. and use U.S. shippers but in reality U.S. Customs makes it a definite hassle.

For something expensive it is worth the trouble but not the other 95% of my excess old car parts, extra tools etc. 

Greg in Canada

 

 

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Sold a car within 24 hours on fb, as in collected and paid for.  Never used CL, but I have used other avenues, HMN, etc. By far this was quickest.

 

Oh, and as usual what Randy said...

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If you have anything kind of unusual or special , Hemmings still seems to be good bang for the buck.  A common car not so much.   I don't like the endless scrolling with facebook and no individual pages.  Also craigslist,  gives you the number of matches,  where facebook you never know. 

Each is what they are,  but I think alot of market for cars is pulling away from Facebook.  The free to pay alone dropped a daily search result from 3 pages of items to 1 or two rows.  Lots of old guys are cheap,  face it and would rather not sell than to pay anything or put their personal info out there like you have to do now to list on craigslist by giving them access to financial information.  Some guys still don't have credit cards so that makes it tough for them to use either venue.  However they can still get a Money order at the post office and mail in an ad to Hemmings like they did with a polaroid photo 40 years ago.  I don't mind buying from these guys as they usually don't have the latest auction results on their phone,  which is still connected to the wall in the kitchen of their house. 

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I've had the same percentage of losers no matter what website I use. When I list on CL, I have the following statement in every ad:  "Send phone number and I'll call you.  I won't reply by email."   The serious buyers send a phone number, if no number the reply gets trashed.  No exceptions.

 

Most of what I sell ends-up going via eBay.   Maybe 15% is through other venues, including make-specific forums (grass-roots target marketing!) The $5.00 thing really turned me off to CL for listing cars.  I was skeptical about using Facebook but listed a car there anyway and it sold in a few days.  I list non-vehicles wherever I can, as long as it's free (yes, many older folks are cheapskates). 

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The $5 CL fee for cars has drastically reduced the number of fraudulent ads.  If that was the goal, it certainly worked.  Before, at least 1/4 of the vehicles (in my market anyway) were clearly photos of someone else’s vehicle with a Gmail email address photoshopped to the photo, to prevent having to put it in a searchable or traceable manner.

 

Many people don’t know that CL started as a service for companies looking for new employees.  It then went to cars.  Until the $5 car charge started, they made their money from charging companies looking for employees, and car dealers listing their vehicles for sale.  It was never meant to be the “classified” service that it is.

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43 minutes ago, Harold said:

I've had the same percentage of losers no matter what website I use. When I list on CL, I have the following statement in every ad:  "Send phone number and I'll call you.  I won't reply by email."   The serious buyers send a phone number, if no number the reply gets trashed.  No exceptions.

For cars especially I prefer email.  All I want is a few more simple questions answered and most importantly some more photos.  If I have to call,  i just pass.  Usually the guy on the other end,  talks the car up to be the maharajas Duessy ,  then when you get there it's a 20 year old pinto that was only used in the winter and looks the part. 

As a seller I never list my number.  I screen the buyers to see who is really serious and what their expectations are as well as easier to screen possible trades. 

Lots of time wasted on phone calls for cars I never went to look at because all I wanted was an answer to 2 questions which they never usually answered or with that word well it's solid.  About the most useless word used in describing old cars with the widest interpretation possible.  

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The old days when you paid $15 to place a classified ad in your local paper for a week was better.

 

You had to fill out the form that had one box per character.

 

People would answer the phone number. it was the only contact. But now you get no response to your emails.

 

if you saw an ad in the classifieds, you knew it was a serious seller.

 

 

 

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Craigslist never seemed to have all that many fraudulent cars here.  Maybe one a day.  Usually easy to spot.  Atleast on 1970 and older stuff.  Maybe there was alot of scamming on new stuff.  It also drove off the guys thinking about selling that would throw an ad on to see if there was any interest.  

It didn't really drive the junks off,  just moved them around.  Some guy that thinks he is going to flip a 1000 50's 4 door sedan that needs everything for 5 grand when he paid 500 will gladly pony up $5 hell of a return if his ship comes in.  

I still see a junkyard in NH listing all sorts of old cars with 4 year old photos of cars that are restorable sitting out in their junkyard for 3500-10 grand. 

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The CL scams were mostly newer cars.  There would be a legitimate 2015 Camry for $12,900 beside a mint 2017 Maxima for $3500 with palm trees in the photo (in Kentucky) and a something like ehshsj2826@gmail.com shopped into the corner of the photos.  Late model farm equipment, boats, RVs were/are all the same too.

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Personally, I hate facebook. (Actually, I hate using the word "hate", but for facebook, I really can't think of a better word for how I feel about them?). I have from their beginning, it has gotten worse with each passing year, and I don't think I will change.

 

The biggest problem with facebook anything, is that the people that run the thing are clueless virtual reality and gamer inhabitants that do not understand that there is a world outside their part of the internet. I cannot connect to facebook because their programming is so bad, their "dancing googaws" and popup "you gotta like this" garbage can't get through the "not quite a DSL" internet connection I am limited to. The fact IS, that there are tens of millions of people in this country that CANNOT reasonably connect to facebook. And that means YOUR ad. To make this worse. The far and away vast majority of people that follow facebook also tend to be more interested in virtual reality than in turning a wrench or actually driving a car (any car!). There are a lot of people in this country interested in antique and classic automobiles that do not live in the center of the major urban areas. And for good reason. We don't like to drive so much in an urban setting. The building and storage costs are much higher in urban areas. A lot of us do have good high speed internet access. But a lot of us do not. 

While I do think facebook should be utilized as club informational point of entry, I do not think it should be the primary point. Websites open to anywhere there is an internet connection should be first and foremost. That goes for club websites, and I think also sound advice for advertising.

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valid questions...................  I find CL to be lots of scams, but I do advertise on there anyway. sometimes you get lucky.

 

good point on ebay. they tell you you can relist for free with a deadbeat buyer, but then they double charge you. they are bastards..............but- every time I list a few cars, I do tend to sell one or two. they are far from fault and how they handle their site, but the exposure is superior to the other sites.

I just sold a model a chassis and parts on ebay. the buyer saw it on cl, but decided to bid on ebay at the last minute. I dont know why, but thats how it went down. He came and paid me a few days later. so a combination of listings made that sale.

I have also listed here and find it useless and Ford Barn and HAMB. In the end, I think the multiply exposure doesnt hurt and expectations should be low, so then there are no disappointments.

 

ebays costs are high, but I only list cars. Long done with selling parts where they nickel and dime you to death.

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I find FB is okay. One thing it does that I hate is sometimes it doesn’t show exactly what your looking for. You may search one thing and something else comes up and when searching that thing a different one of the first comes up. Last summer a beautiful 96 Park Avenue showed up when I was looking up roadmasters. But not park aves. And naturally some one else had bought it by then

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5 hours ago, wayne sheldon said:

Personally, I hate facebook. (Actually, I hate using the word "hate", but for facebook, I really can't think of a better word for how I feel about them?). I have from their beginning, it has gotten worse with each passing year, and I don't think I will change.

 

 

 

There is really no better way to organize a person's interests into one single feed/site than Facebook.  I have a handful people I am interested in.  Close family, friends that are either interesting, smart, funny, or a combination of those.   Other than that, my feed is full of my interests.  Page after page of cars, camping, soccer, mountain biking, travel, Route 66, abandoned railroads, national parks, etc.  I don't follow people.  I follow what I like to read about.  It's great in that regard.  Anyone who posts something unintelligent, political, or otherwise uninteresting or useless to me, I simply block, and I never have to see their words again.  Facebook is like a magazine to me, full of all the random things I choose to read and learn about.   I'm sure some high school classmate or other random acquaintance from 20 years ago thinks I am rude for blocking them, and that's fine.  I'm not on Facebook for that reason.   If I want to talk to you, I will call you.

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19 hours ago, alsancle said:

I refuse to have anything to do with Facebook.

Yeah but your cars make the rounds regularly enough AJ.  

 

The number of dedicated groups is staggering but lots of redundancy.  I think there are 10 r107 MB groups - mostly same members...

 

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Well, I don't sell a car very often, but just sold the Jeepster.

Hemmings brought one lowball offer, C/L nothing, Ebay nothing, AACA ad brought some good comment but no takers, FB was listed for several months and that's where it sold.

 The buyer commented that he had seen it early on but it was his daughter that finally lit the fire under him.

I did get a few questions and requests for pictures from some ads.

And I always responded, I also would send a phone number saying  "If you are a serious shopper please give me a call".  Not many calls.

 

I find FB difficult to navigate. I may see an item listed and then cant find it the next day. Its definitely for those with more computer skills than I have. So yea, kids and scammers.

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Seeker is right on, a few tweaks would help a lot, so simple really I believe its difficult in part at least, by design.  Geography seems to impact filters whether you want it to or not..

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I recently listed my '53 Chevy pickup on Ebay, got a high bid, lowered reserve, woo-hoo it's sold!  Well, no, buyer was from Panama and kept going back and forth about how to ship it.  I asked for deposit per the Ebay auction format, he said no, I have seven days to pay for it.  Seven days went by, I went to cancel his bid, and truck was "tied up" for another 10 days since he had to "approve" the cancellation.  So, after almost a month, truck not sold.

 

No Ebay bid is binding if the buyer wants to just walk away, particularly on vehicles.

 

Speaking of scams on Craigslist, I once saw a local ad for a "1932 Ford Roadster, it has to go, $3000".  I called the number, of course realizing it had to be too good to be true, and a very irate person answered the phone.  "Someone who doesn't like me pulled a prank on me, I've gotten hundreds of phone calls, I DON'T have a Ford for sale...."  slam....

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Facebook is OK. You find interesting stuff sometimes.

 

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1926 Dodge Brothers 4 door Sedan.  Original, unrestored condition.  runs good, drives good, has been on 100 mile cruises thru the foothills.
New tires, New battery serviced and maintained.  Current registration and title in hand.  Have owned for the past 13 years.  Service manual and extra wheels and tires included.  Great car for parades and local car shows. 

1926 Dodge 4 Door Sedan std
Rescue, CA · over a week ago · 
$9,500

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9 hours ago, wayne sheldon said:

Personally, I hate facebook. (Actually, I hate using the word "hate", but for facebook, I really can't think of a better word for how I feel about them?). I have from their beginning, it has gotten worse with each passing year, and I don't think I will change.

 

The biggest problem with facebook anything, is that the people that run the thing are clueless virtual reality and gamer inhabitants that do not understand that there is a world outside their part of the internet. I cannot connect to facebook because their programming is so bad, their "dancing googaws" and popup "you gotta like this" garbage can't get through the "not quite a DSL" internet connection I am limited to. The fact IS, that there are tens of millions of people in this country that CANNOT reasonably connect to facebook. And that means YOUR ad. To make this worse. The far and away vast majority of people that follow facebook also tend to be more interested in virtual reality than in turning a wrench or actually driving a car (any car!). There are a lot of people in this country interested in antique and classic automobiles that do not live in the center of the major urban areas. And for good reason. We don't like to drive so much in an urban setting. The building and storage costs are much higher in urban areas. A lot of us do have good high speed internet access. But a lot of us do not. 

While I do think facebook should be utilized as club informational point of entry, I do not think it should be the primary point. Websites open to anywhere there is an internet connection should be first and foremost. That goes for club websites, and I think also sound advice for advertising.

 

This is not accurate at all. Facebook has zero popup ads. They do have sidebar ads but so does this very website, they aren't intrusive. The virtual reality comments I have no idea what spurred on but I've been on there every day since 2008 have no idea what you're talking about.

 

Not saying Facebook is great. Or that I particularly enjoy it...it used to be fun but it's mostly devolved into political whining. The groups are usually fun but can get frustrating at times. 

 

Like everything in life lately it can be a lot of people trying to shout down anyone who doesn't agree with them...but that's not the platform's fault as it is the users. 

 

Any thoughts of leaving it behind are quickly quashed due to the fact that it's my only real contact with many family and friends. 

 

Don't ever try Twitter...that's a true cesspool. I maintain an account because it's the place to find up to the minute sports news, and where the athletes and sports lesgues themselves post...but it's not fun wading through the garbage to find the nuggets of good. Most of the hobby accounts on there in every hobby is just people trying to sell stuff...the actual collectors posting about their collection are there but it takes some effort to find them.

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21 hours ago, Harold said:

I've had the same percentage of losers no matter what website I use. When I list on CL, I have the following statement in every ad:  "Send phone number and I'll call you.  I won't reply by email."   The serious buyers send a phone number, if no number the reply gets trashed.  No exceptions.

 

Most of what I sell ends-up going via eBay.   Maybe 15% is through other venues, including make-specific forums (grass-roots target marketing!) The $5.00 thing really turned me off to CL for listing cars.  I was skeptical about using Facebook but listed a car there anyway and it sold in a few days.  I list non-vehicles wherever I can, as long as it's free (yes, many older folks are cheapskates). 

I'm not a telephone person. Hate, hate hate talking on the phone. I'd rather write a letter and wait for the postal system than call someone. If I was in position to buy something from you you would have lost the sale. I am not going to jump through hoops to buy something, I'll just move on. Also, I'm usually awake in the middle of the night. Very few people want a 4 am phone call. 

 

Now, I'm not in that position, but who knows how many people are like me? 

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You’re never going to please everyone. 

 

As a seller, a telephone conversation is the quickest way to vet interested buyers. People hide too much behind cell phones, texting and emailing these days.  You’ll get 10, 20, 30 idiots for every honest serious person. When a serious, respectful person shows interest you’ll know it. Bells start ringing. 

 

I’d say FB is pretty good. Kijiji up here in Canada is ok. Craigslist seems to be the worst for scammers. If I were selling today I’d use FB, Kijiji and my local vintage car clubs to advertise the car for sale. 

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