Letting Go Letgo

I tried it and now I’m done. Commercials for the Letgo app got my attention. I wanted to turn stuff I didn’t want into money. Easy right?

Let me say this – it was an improvement over Craigslist where at least you knew the basic identity of the people you were dealing with and, unlike Craigslist, you had to register and were rated as a user. But even with those improvements, it was still the same experience. Yes, if you are willing to deal with the headache of accommodating people to sell stuff then you can make money.

Whether it is Craigslist or Letgo, you still have to deal with people and I don’t have the patience for it.

The last straw for me was my recent potential buyer. I posted a loveseat with all the specs, measurements and photos. He messaged me through the Letgo app and said he was interested. He later asked if the loveseat would fit in a sedan. Seriously dude? Do you not understand measurements?

He later texted some weird jibberish that I could only decipher that he was going to pay for it and pick it up later. It wasn’t completely clear. I decided to just shut it down and take the loveseat off. He was texting some weird crap. Regardless of how much safer Letgo tried to make it, I know that people are still unpredictable and it can be just as dangerous.

Since using Letgo I have made some money but the hassle that goes with it makes it more work than it needs to be. People are damn divas. They want you to deliver or load it and almost gift wrap it for them. One buyer asked if I would give them the sectional I had listed for free. Or when the buyer arrives they want to talk you lower.

The worst part of it is when people say they are interested and you set up a time and they are no-shows. No message. Nothing. I don’t really understand that or why people would do that. Then you also have people who message you that they are interested and you hear nothing else from them.

One of the things that is annoying is how people expect you to help them load it. I have been specific in the ads that I can NOT help them load due to a neck injury and yet people still show up with no help to load furniture or bring their kids to load heavy pieces of furniture.

I honestly don’t know what people are thinking. It is silly to assume people will treat you the way you would treat others. They don’t.

If you are thinking about doing this app or any other service like it, let me give you some advice:

  • Always be safe. If you feel uneasy about the buyer, don’t do it. Don’t do any transactions at night. Don’t give out your address until the buyer is on the way.
  • Don’t assume the buyer will buy your stuff. Even if they do show up they may decide they don’t want the item. That’s okay. Pictures don’t always capture it properly. Colors might not be what the buyer wants. Don’t force the buyer to take it. If anything, be willing to lower the price.
  • Don’t hold items for people. I know this sounds harsh but if you want to sell something, sell it to whoever gets there first. I have held items for people who were apparently messing with me and never showed up or responded to messages. Sell it and move on.
  • Don’t load stuff for people. If they don’t have the help or way to load the item, turn them away. Sorry but you don’t need to throw your back out if someone didn’t plan properly. If you are selling a sofa and someone pulls up in a sedan, it’s not your job to make it work.
    Have LOTS of patience. Trust me you will need it. People will not show up. They will be late. Expect anything.

Can you make money using Letgo? Yes, you absolutely can. Is it worth the hassle? That depends on the level of your patience. If you are working a full time job or a set schedule, it might not be the thing for you.

It’s not for me. I’m letting it go.

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