Gumtree - good idea, shit user base?

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  • Whatsfor 19 Oct 2010 09:50:37 2,189 posts
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    So I posted an advert on Sunday morning for a 2008 model 40" Sony Bravia...

    I clearly stated 375 just as a rough price but welcomed offers.

    What do I get back?

    1) I am a Nigerian prince and need to pay you 1000 for the TV and post it to London to my assistant.

    2) Can I swap it for a mobile phone? (Laughable as it was a Nokia 5880)

    3) Can you bring the TV to my house and set it up to see if I like it first? (40 miles away)

    4) Can I have it for free?

    5) Whats the cheapest you will let this go for? (Why the fuck would I tell you that?!? By all means, make me an offer but I'm not gonna start hacking my own price!)

    Is it just me or are a lot of people expecting too much of a glorified free-ads site?

    I'm just glad I used my spam email address for all their shit!

    /rant
  • RyanDS 19 Oct 2010 09:55:04 9,738 posts
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    What's wrong with the Nigerian? He's a Prince and as such should surely be trustworthy?
  • Whatsfor 19 Oct 2010 10:00:16 2,189 posts
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    I think I considered him more then anyone else so far ;)
  • Load_2.0 19 Oct 2010 10:01:47 19,521 posts
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    Gum tree is fucked.

    They seem unwilling to address the fact it is a hive of illegal scumbags and criminal fraud.
  • RyanDS 19 Oct 2010 10:03:03 9,738 posts
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    It used to be great. When I first moved to London I, and most of my traveller freinds, got our flats etc through it. But the last 10 years it has just gone downhill fast.
  • heyyo 19 Oct 2010 10:03:39 14,371 posts
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    I got my job on Gumtree, first day I had to pack my machine gun I was that wary...
  • santabakingapie 19 Oct 2010 10:06:38 353 posts
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    am interested in the bravia - would you swap for a reptile setup?
  • Whatsfor 19 Oct 2010 10:10:17 2,189 posts
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    Does it include the reptiles?

    Also, are said reptiles really sock puppets?
  • santabakingapie 19 Oct 2010 10:11:12 353 posts
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    that was an actual email I got (minus the bravia bit obv) when I was trying to sell my bike o_O
  • Whatsfor 19 Oct 2010 10:12:07 2,189 posts
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    >.>
  • Load_2.0 19 Oct 2010 10:21:55 19,521 posts
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    A reptile set up is awfully vague and completely random.

    Hopefully it is some sort of tank and heating system for pets. Though it could be a bizarre taxidermy scene, possibly pornographic in nature.

    Though what I would have hoped for is some sort of heist plans that involve double crossing crocodiles.

    Either way, too good an opportunity to pass up.
  • Merlinho 19 Oct 2010 10:24:08 5,908 posts
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    Craigslist appears to work quite well in the US doesn't it? Or is that just for finding hookers?
  • nickthegun 19 Oct 2010 10:24:24 61,090 posts
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    It helps if you dont live in Mos Eisley.

    In our middle class haven, gumtree is superb.

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    My man gives real loving that's why I call him Killer
    He's not a wham-bam-thank-you-ma'am, he's a thriller

  • Lukey__b 20 Oct 2010 14:26:29 3,716 posts
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    I got a job on Gumtree.

    It was a rip off though.

    'Sup, what's guanine?

  • Zerobob 20 Oct 2010 14:52:57 1,610 posts
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    I look constantly for flats to rent on Gumtree direct from landlords as I hate paying over 1000 in estate agent fees to take on a flat, especially considering how estate agents are always a hinderance in the renting process due to their complete disorganisation.

    Unfortunately a lot of the more reasonably priced flats to rent I enquire about are Western Union scams demanding you send money abroad. Gumtree seems flooded with these now.
  • sport 20 Oct 2010 15:05:00 12,798 posts
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    The place is a joke now. When I first came over I used it all the time. Also had a lively forum called "The Madhouse" - had many fun discussions and there were nice bunch of folks on there.
  • Load_2.0 20 Oct 2010 15:11:28 19,521 posts
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    Zerobob wrote:
    Unfortunately a lot of the more reasonably priced flats to rent I enquire about are Western Union scams demanding you send money abroad. Gumtree seems flooded with these now.

    This.

    Previously the best accomodation site now ruined.

    Plus they removed the chat section where you could meet some properly filthy slags and sex fiends.
  • Pinky_Floyd 4 Sep 2013 11:24:55 8,265 posts
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    Ugh, what have they done? All my ads are now removed immediately on posting saying I have broken the posting rules. Says it will email me the reason but nothing appears in my spam or inbox.

    I'm not doing anything different than before and have been posting ads for years.

    Conclusion: Wankers have changed it so they want me to call their 35p per minute chat line - FUCK OFF!
  • Psychotext 4 Sep 2013 11:29:59 54,819 posts
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    Load_2.0 wrote:
    Plus they removed the chat section where you could meet some properly filthy slags and sex fiends.
    Why am I only just reading about that? :(
  • twelveways 4 Sep 2013 11:30:52 4,129 posts
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    I once advertised for a nude cleaner and got a quite good looking 20 something year old redhead student to clean my flat in the buff for 50 quid.

    Felt a bit scummy afterwards though.
  • Tonka 4 Sep 2013 11:33:08 21,188 posts
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    RyanDS wrote:
    What's wrong with the Nigerian? He's a Prince and as such should surely be trustworthy?
    I've yet to meet an untrustworthy Nigerian prince.

    If you can read this you really need to fiddle with your forum settings.

  • Pinky_Floyd 4 Sep 2013 11:33:49 8,265 posts
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    twelveways wrote:
    I once advertised for a nude cleaner and got a quite good looking 20 something year old redhead student to clean my flat in the buff for 50 quid.

    Felt a bit scummy afterwards though.
    :D
  • nickthegun 4 Sep 2013 11:35:09 61,090 posts
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    Funny, that.

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  • sport 4 Sep 2013 11:35:28 12,798 posts
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    50 quid to clean your flat?!?! Ridiculous!
  • mrpon 4 Sep 2013 11:37:08 29,430 posts
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    Did she not do a good job?

    Give yourself 5 or gig, you're worth it.

  • neilka 4 Sep 2013 11:59:41 16,470 posts
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    I'll do it for 45 next time.

    BAAANG!!!!! EXPLOTION!!!!!

  • twelveways 4 Sep 2013 12:04:12 4,129 posts
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    It was only because the missus was away and the flat was a tip, I was gonna hire a regular cleaner but I saw a naked cleaner on a TV show, something like Eurotrash, and, in my stoned state, I posted an ad.

    Got a reply the next morning and thought 'fuck it, why not'. She was ok looking but the whole thing was a bit awkward. In the end she just hoovered and dusted, I did most of the work.
  • Psychotext 4 Sep 2013 12:14:40 54,819 posts
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    Does your missus actually know? :D
  • neilka 4 Sep 2013 12:22:52 16,470 posts
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    "Why is there a red curly hair in the bath, dear?"

    BAAANG!!!!! EXPLOTION!!!!!

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