Craig and His List
May 28, 2010 by admncc
I have never used craigslist. Not for any particular reason – I just haven’t. Admittedly, I’ve visited the site twice – both times because friends were showing me ads they had placed. To be honest, I thought the site was confusing.
As I’m sure you’ve heard; craigslist has recently come under fire for everything from not doing enough to police prostitution ads to having people be victimized by would-be buyers.
“Responding to an ad on craigslist for a used car in East Palo Alto got one man shot and robbed. A woman selling a laptop on the classifieds site was held up at gunpoint in Vallejo when she met with a prospective buyer.” Then there was “the arrest of a Boston University medical student, who is charged with killing a woman he met through craigslist and robbing another.” You can read more about those stories here.
The saddest story I’ve heard about involving violence with a craigslist transaction occurred in Washington state. James Sanders and his wife posted an ad to sell a diamond ring. The four potential buyers who showed up at their home are now accused of shooting James as he tried to defend his son and wife – who were being beaten by the four visitors. You can read about his story here. The four suspects have since pleaded not guilty.
I asked NeoConDon, our resident pro-gun expert, if he uses craigslist. He told me that he does, and that he has bought and sold several items on there. But there’s one catch… Don very quickly told me that he has a conceal/carry permit and that he has his weapon on him any time a potential buyer from the Internet visits his home.
According to craigslist’s “safety” web page:
- “Insist on a public meeting place like a café
- Do not meet in a secluded place, or invite strangers into your home
- Be especially careful when buying/selling high value items
- Tell a friend or family member where you’re going
- Take your cell phone along if you have one
- Consider having a friend accompany you
- Trust your instinct”
So the debate becomes: Is craigslist doing enough to protect you or should individual citizens use more caution. Do you or have you used craigslist and what is your opinion?
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