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2nd Place For Honesty On Craigslist

November 4, 2009

2nd Place RibbonHonesty and Craigslist more and more often seem to be two things that don’t go together.  And when it comes to honestly, I think there is either 1st Place (being honest) or 2nd Place (the first loser).  It seems the more I use Craigslist the more I wish it was eBay.  There are great deals to be had, but sometimes it is so difficult to wade through the load of crap to get to something that isn’t a complete waste of time.

Just a couple weeks ago we decided it was time to find a crib for our baby.  Kara-Kae was very excited about this and ready to get one.  So she decided on the crib she wanted for our baby girl and set out to keep me happy in the process by finding the best price on this Da Vinci crib.  Low and behold (as my mom would say) the best price on the exact crib she wanted was a post on Craigslist from a girl in Anaheim!  Sweet.  The perfect crib at a great price is hard to pass up.  So it was time to get it.  Through back and forth conversations with this girl about the crib, KK’s blog and her wanting to check out our church, KK got all the details about it and found out that the baby had only slept in it twice.  So it should be like new!  The girl was about to leave the country for work so we decided to go see it before she left.  Unfortunately that meant we had to go in the evening to see the crib in a dark garage.

Once we had arrived, we were told that the crib was in great shape and that the kid had only slept in it like five times and played in it like 10 times.  (Wait…what happened to only two times???)  The crib wasn’t in the shape it was promised in, but in the dark it seems to be ok.  We made the deal, gathered the parts and headed home.  Once we got home and got the crib into the light we could see it for what it really was.  If the kid had only been in it a few times, those few times must have been extended periods of time.  It was pretty beat up.  But, we had seen some of that and it was very fixable.  Then as we were checking to make sure all the parts were there we discovered that the instructions didn’t say Da Vinci anywhere on them.  Turns out the crib was made by a company called Jardine Enterprises.  If you go google them you will notice that the dominating topic is that in the past several years they have recalled 300,000 cribs because they were unsafe and endangered the babies.  Awesome.  And on top of that, we didn’t get a single piece of hardware for the matching changing table we purchased with the crib!

So we immediately started trying to get back in touch with the girl hoping that she would be civil and honest (which I’m not sure why I even had hopes that she might considering she listed a completely different crib, which I’m sure had nothing to do with the fact that hers had been recalled a few years back and had even posted pictures of the crib she claimed it was) and work with us.  Nope.  Not a chance.  She didn’t care one bit that the item was falsely listed and that we had been straight up lied to and misled.  She didn’t care.  She had her money and was not interested one bit in being honest about it.  Yes, we should have checked it closer before we bought it.  Yes, we should not have trusted someone who seemed to be a nice person interested in our lives and church.  Yes, we have learned to no longer trust ANYONE on Craigslist.  But, she still knew she was not telling the truth and never even thought to mention that it was something completely different than what we were expecting.  I think I’ll save her to my favorite sellers list and give her a 2nd Place ribbon for her efforts.

But, through the whole thing God took care of us.  I hope that some day she checks out a church, even if it’s not ours.  And then God took care of our baby too.  Because the crib had been recalled in the past, we decided to try to see if they would still take it back.  They did!  We just received a voucher to Babies ‘R’ Us for MORE than what we purchased the crib for so that now we can get a brand new crib that is exactly what we want and exactly what we think it is!  Thank you God for taking care of us in our moment of weakness of trusting someone from Craigslist.  Take that crib lady.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. November 4, 2009 7:53 AM

    Awesome story Brook! It’s so great to see how God can take what others intended for evil and use it for good.

    Happy crib shopping/getting/setting up!

  2. dmjames permalink
    November 4, 2009 9:43 AM

    Oh yeah! I am so very glad. Wow, that was a sick feeling. I am so thankful He took care of you! Did you get the new one yet?

  3. November 4, 2009 11:13 AM

    Ha! I just posted my blog and then realized we blogged about the same thing 🙂 Hooray for crazy craigslist liars!

  4. Adam Dani permalink
    November 4, 2009 11:23 AM

    Interested in a beach house? I know of a place in Arizona, I can make you a great deal! Let me know

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