Craigslist never fails to amaze me. Early this morning, at 1:11:34 AM to be precise, I posted a listing for my Toyota Tacoma for sale. By 7:47 AM I had my first email indicating interest in the truck. I wasn't awake at that time, but when I checked my email in the morning, I already had three responses. Normally, I take the first person in line, but in this case, a gentlemen by the name of Fred (who had already sent me three emails on his own) was offering $200 more than the price that I had listed. This is the second time that I have ever listed a vehicle on CL and this is the second time that I have received an offer over the list price. Maybe I need to price my trucks a bit higher...
I called Fred at 9:01 AM to arrange a meeting time. We decided that he could have a look at the truck at noon, during my lunchtime. I drove home from work and Fred was waiting for me. After a quick look at the vehicle, a drive around the block and a few questions, we had a deal. Sold for the original list price.
Fred carried cash. $10,000 worth of cash. A bank certified check or a money order would have done the trick but... whatever works. I was relieved that we were both headed directly to the bank in order to get a notary to certify the title transfer. The bank could verify that we were dealing with real money, and they could immediately take it off my hands so that I wouldn't need to look over my shoulder every ten seconds.
The timestamp on my deposit receipt was 12:32 PM. Had I ordered a pizza at the same time I met with Fred, it might have just been arriving at my home, if I were lucky. This was by far the fastest vehicle sale that I've ever been a party to.
Thanks, Fred! Hope you enjoy the Tacoma as much as I did!
UPDATE: If I had taken a longer lunch, I could have entered all 192 of the $50 bills at WheresGeorge.com. But, since I have the picture, I at least recorded the first one.