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Ok, I'll admit I am nervous about craigslist. But I have found 2 people that have stoves we can afford. I talk to these people. Both people will take our old stove and only charge about $100 for a new one. By the voices, they sound like older people. They take our stoves to parts them or fix them, then resale them.<br><br>
My stoves computer is dead and it will cost us more than a $100 to fix it because I don't have the tools, time, or patient to do it.<br><br>
They offered to deliver, for a fee of course. I told them no. But talking to my dh he isn't comfortable with it at all. He does have issues with "used" things. I got him over thrift store issues. He is nervous about our safety and getting ripped off or mugged.<br><br>
I personally felt comfortable when I was talking to these people. Were as I talked to one guy and I scratched his add off. He just set off alarms that something was not right. I won't do it by myself but as two people and knowing were they are located both are pretty public locations.<br><br>
How do I get him comfortable....nervous is ok..<br><br><br>
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After posting, DH gave me a number to call for one of the guys I called. This guy has been doing this for years. One of his coworker's referred him.
 

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I don't know, I've never had any problems using craigslist. Of course I wouldn't go to anyones home with a listing alone. If your dh is worried about being mugged then maybe take a friend or two with you both. Surely 4 people are not going to get mugged, lol. And they could be there to help load and unload the stove.
 

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Just make sure he's home when they come (or goes with you if you have to pick something up). I've never had a problem, though one time I was a bit nervous b/c this guy came earlier than expected before my DH returned - but he stood at the door, and I held my phone in the other hand and said something to the kids to make it sound like DH was upstairs - and it turned out just fine. I find that if I have emailed back and forth and talked on the phone with the person I can usually get a 'safe' vibe, if that makes sense. I know someone who asks for first and last names and googles them to check them out beforehand - and then meets at a parking lot somewhere. In your case, it sounds like they have to come pick up or deliver? If so, just have someone like your DH there.
 

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With CL - if I feel uncomfortable or nervous I'll make sure DH is home or we will go together to a public location to do the transaction.<br><br>
Most of the time, folks just like us so it works out just fine! It looks like its been resolved! Cool - enjoy your "new" stove <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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I've bought some great stuff off craigslist. I have no trouble with used, though.<br><br>
If you've got the $100 and not much more, usually it's OK.
 

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Honestly, I found the best deal of my life on Craigslist. But I'd go with your gut, regardless.
 

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We found our stove as well as our van on CL and I have had very good experiences with it. However, I would have a little bit of a leary feeling when someone offers to deliver for free. Nothing is free, generally speaking. And most people on CL offer to deliver for a fee. So, when someone offers "free delivery", I always wonder why and if I can really trust them.<br><br>
Not sure if it matters, since you found your stove, but just thought I would mention that.
 

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We recently sold a motorcycle on Craigslist and I was really nervous, to have them take it for a test drive and then the guy wouldn't do cash (is was sold for $1200) and that made me nervous. But we took a chance and he was amazingly nice, considerate and gave us a money order that we took to the bank it was written from and they assured us it was "real". We are really happy how it turns out. I think trusting your gut instinct is the most important thing.
 

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i love using CL! i have some awesome finds on there!!! but if my gut AT ALL tells me to not do something i listen!!! if i get ANY odd vibe i cancel the appt... i was friends with someone who was killed when she answered an ad from CL. i remember her saying something was odd and as yo can tell she did not follow her gut.... what i will say is 99.9% of the people i have worked with are just like me, so i think in the big picture most people are good people on CL. i use i gut to weed out that .01% <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
i am glad you have it all worked out!
 
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