stan
stan Dork
6/3/08 12:19 p.m.

Is it just me or does it seem like 40% or more of the ads these days are for "2005 Civics with absolutely nothing wrong, no rust, no problems, low miies", etc, etc, ad nauseum? It's a place I've always liked to go (like a lot of us it I think), but it's getting irritating to wade through this crap.. Is there anything to be done?

Stan

mtn
mtn Dork
6/3/08 12:39 p.m.

I keep getting this Prius for 1500 bucks. And I keep flagging it. I think thats all we can do.

GlennS
GlennS Reader
6/3/08 12:46 p.m.

need to put a 2$ fee on creating an account on CL that you can use to post adds in anything but the "free stuff" section. When people post fake adds they ban the account.

fixed

Gearhead_42
Gearhead_42 HalfDork
6/3/08 1:03 p.m.

If that doesn't kill it, this will...

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24951305/

DrBoost
DrBoost New Reader
6/3/08 1:24 p.m.
Gearhead_42 wrote: If that doesn't kill it, this will... http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24951305/

Interesting but I'll stay FAR AWAY from ANYTHING that is connected to Wal-Mart. I feel there are others out there that are too well informed to shop there or share with them in anything.

dyintorace
dyintorace Reader
6/3/08 5:59 p.m.

I'm keeping an eye out for a TDI and the same thing is happening with them. I'm constantly seeing 2003-2005 TDI's, with low mileage...all for the low, low price of $3995. :(

P71
P71 New Reader
6/3/08 6:33 p.m.
Gearhead_42 wrote: If that doesn't kill it, this will... http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24951305/

That site SUCKS. It shows results for auctions at current bid (so there's 1,000 $1,000 cars in Portland off of eBay and the other sites they pull from) not to mention all of the Auto Trader and Auto Mart pull-ins. SCREW THAT!

Nashco
Nashco Dork
6/3/08 7:02 p.m.
stan wrote: Is it just me or does it seem like 40% or more of the ads these days are for "2005 Civics with absolutely nothing wrong, no rust, no problems, low miies", etc, etc, ad nauseum? It's a place I've always liked to go (like a lot of us it I think), but it's getting irritating to wade through this crap.. Is there anything to be done? Stan

You know...you can "search" the ads and narrow down certain values. If you are looking for something specific, search for it, if you're browsing within a price range, narrow down a certain value, if you're just looking through every listing....why is this a problem with Craigslist if there are really a bunch of cars for sale on it??? I don't understand the problem I guess. Do you hate that the Civics don't have any problems, that there are 2005 Civics, or that people are selling Civics?

Bryce

dyintorace
dyintorace Reader
6/3/08 7:10 p.m.

I think the issue Stan is referring to is the explosion of bogus ads. I'm not sure what the scam is, but there are a million ads now that are for frequently searched for models (the aforementioned Civics, hybrids, TDI's, etc) that read such as the one I pasted below.

This same ad was posted within minutes to almost every CL possible in the South.

2OOO VW BEETLE TDI Must sell this ASAP -- (Fort Smith) $2805 from AR fortsmith - VW diesel 2000 VW BEETLE TDI

This is a well cared for, garage kept 2000 VW Beetle TDI diesel car. All maintenance is current including new timing belt, glow plugs, tires with 10,000 miles. Exceptional fuel economy with actual mileage of 46 CITY/51 HIGHWAY. Car is in excellent condition cosmetically with only flaws being a couple of the usual minor door dings. Paint is excellent and glossy. Car also has CD Changer. Adult driven only.

Please ask all questions you may have. More pictues for car are available. The car is a trully wonderfull state of the art machine. This car is current on all services, plates, inspections etc. You will not find one nicer at this price

Contact me at: luizatrump@aim.com

Thank you!

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Hocrest
Hocrest New Reader
6/3/08 7:34 p.m.

If not an outright scam. It may just be a way to gather email addresses.

And not just random addresses but addresses that they can sell as "a group of 1000 addresses that are interested in buying a TDI"?????

dyintorace
dyintorace Reader
6/3/08 8:13 p.m.

Good thought Hocrest. Address collection might be the goal.

Helterskelter
Helterskelter Reader
6/3/08 9:42 p.m.

Address collection is a large part of the problem. The way I see it, the more bogus ads the better, keeps the uneducated away from my deals.

neon4891
neon4891 HalfDork
6/3/08 10:10 p.m.

I mostly find lovely items for $2900, like PTs, NSXs...always pay thrue some third-party site.

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