Craigslist situation. Who was wrong?

Craigslist situation. Who was wrong?

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Monroe Township, NJ

#1 Apr 3, 2013
'Seller' is selling something on Craigslist.

'Buyer' emails seller, gives their phone # and asks the seller to call them to set up a time and place, or for the seller to send their phone #.

Seller blocks their phone # and calls buyer to set up a time and place. during the conversation, the buyer keeps asking for the sellers phone # to make things easier because buyer doesn't know the exact time they'll be able to pick up the item. The seller doesn't want to tell their phone number but says they'll email it.

Instead of emailing their phone #, the seller emails the buyer a minute after the phone call and literally messages: "I will be at this location at 12pm or whenever is best for you." And gives directions to an address of a store.

The buyer never responded to the email untill the next day at 12pm saying they're almost there. At 12:25, buyer emails again saying they don't see the seller. At 12:35, buyer emails again telling the seller that they never showed up.

At 4:30pm, the seller emails the buyer back saying that they didn't expect the buyer to be there because buyer didn't confirm the time or that they read the email that had the directions and time. Seller says they can bring it to the same location any time if the buyer confirms the time.

The buyer emails back and says ok to set up a new time and to call them.

The seller blocks # again and calls to set up a time, but buyer still wants seller's phone number and the deal gets cut off and is

Who do you think was wrong?

Monroe Township, NJ

#2 Apr 3, 2013
I forgot to mention that the item was a free item so that you don't view this as a scam for someone to sell something not as described and not be traced.

It was worth about $15. It has some electrical parts that the seller said were all working.

Monroe Township, NJ

#3 Apr 6, 2013
Don't miss the point, which is asking your opinion if the seller was supposed to know the buyer would be there eventhough the buyer didn't reply to the email that gave the location and "I will be there at 12pm or whatever is best for you".

The buyer wasn't afraid to deal with someone with a blocked # because they went to pick it up anyway. The buyer agreed to pick it up again because the seller didn't expect them there the first time. They just wanted the seller's # to make things easier but the seller had enough other people who didn't need the seller's # to pick it up and would rather give it to one of them.

Put yourself in the buyer's shoes. Disregard the whole thing about the blocked # assuming you're willing to deal with picking up an item at a public place in day time from someone who blocked their #.

Assume you want to buy or get something free from craigslist. You email it and get the reply: I will be here (plublic location address during daylight) at 12pm or whenever is best for you.

Would you reply to the email or assume the seller will be there and go without replying?

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