Saturday, November 22, 2008
Craigslist: Buyer Beware
I’ve gotten several lovely buys from Craig’s List but I have to tell you that you’ve got to be very careful. I recently saw a lamp that was touted as an Ikea desk lamp for $40.00. Well, I’m not sure people in Hawaii realize that Ikea is known for their low prices and good but not necessarily great quality. We have a desk lamp just like the one being sold that we bought in Chicago at the Ikea store for about $13.00. I’ve seen other items going for very high prices that make me wonder if people really get anywhere near the prices they are asking. I guess with these tough economic times people are just trying to get the most that they can. But then again, why even bother to try to sell $4,000.00 pieces of furniture on Craig’s List? People go to Craig’s List for bargains. Then there are those people who try to sell their things without a photo. Oh dear! Would you even think to consider something without seeing what it looks like?
And speaking of bargains, have you noticed Macy's slashing prices on a number of their merchandise? It's been helpful for me since I'm trying to replace the things I did not bring with me when we moved to Hawaii a few months ago... silly things like muffin pans, cookie sheets, stock pot, etc. I've told my husband that I need to go out there and spend just to help the economy. He's not buying that though.