Last week I found an amazing campaign dresser on Craigslist.
I contacted the seller, made arrangements to go see it (along with my husband).
The seller was located about 15 minutes from my house.
When we got there, the dresser seemed to be in decent shape.
There were a few minor scratches and several of the brass pulls were missing.
I offered him $85 ($10 less than his asking price).
He agreed, we loaded the dresser up and went on our merry way.
Here is the dresser.....
I have been on the lookout for a campaign dresser for a while and I knew was ecstatic to
have found one in reasonably good condition at a great price.
Fast forward about 12 hours.....
I get an email from the seller telling me he had made a mistake.
He was selling the dresser on behalf of his friend who had moved away.
He thought she told him to list it for $95, when she had actually said $595.
His friend was quite upset at him for his mistake .
He asked if I could show some compassion and give the dresser back.
He wanted to come pick it up, give me my money back and reimburse me for gas.
He went on to say in his email that his friend had fallen on hard times
and really needed the money from the sale of the dresser ($595 not $85).
I thought about it for a bit.
Now granted, the dresser was mine.
I had negotiated a price with the seller, paid him cash and brought it home with me.
But somehow, I just didn't feel good about it.
Perhaps after I left with the dresser,
he got an email from another buyer willing to pay more than the $95 asking price.
Maybe he thought it would be worth the hassle to come pick it up and resale it for more.
I thought to myself WWJD (What Would Jesus Do).
Well, given that Jesus was a talented carpenter, he probably would have built himself
a fabulous campaign dresser.
However, let's just say he was too busy performing miracles and spreading the good word,
and ended up buying a dresser from a street peddler for a sweet price.
Said street peddler, for whatever reason, then asked Jesus to give it back.
I am fairly certain Jesus would have given it back, no questions asked.
In the end, I gave the dresser back and got my money back plus a little extra for the trouble.
Our driveway is still covered in snow and ice
so the dresser never even made it into the house.
Good thing! Had I brought it in, put it in place and styled it all up,
I might not have let it go so easily.
I have bought and sold quite a bit on Craigslist and this was my first unpleasant experience.
Any Craigslist horror stories to share?