I’ve fumbled around on craigslist for years, but today might be the first time I’ve completed a transaction on the site. I had two old monitors taking up room in the office, so I listed them for free. Within an hour I had 5 emails from people asking if I still had them, looking for technical details (which were all answered in the listing), and asking where I live.
The first guy said he wanted both, but flaked out. The second people came through and took one of them. The other one has been claimed.
The process is remarkably simple. Then again, so is the site. It has very few features, which I guess is part the secret to their success. I do wish it had some sort of contact management instead of just using email.
The most stressful part is having strangers come to your house. I sent them my address (which isn’t in google maps) and phone number, and just sat there thinking, “Please don’t call me for directions. Please don’t call me for directions.” Regular readers probably understand why I felt that way. Luckily they had GPS.
Here are five free audiobooks by Nathan Lowell every sci-fi fan owes it to themselves to download:
A Trader’s Tale from the Golden Age of the Solar Clipper : Book 1
When Ishmael Wang is orphaned by a flitter crash, he must make some hard decisions about how to survive in a Company-owned universe. With limited time and fewer options, he lands a job as the newest hand on the Solar Clipper Lois McKendrick and learns there’s more to life than making coffee. Join Ish, Pip, Big Bad Bev, and the rest of the Lois McKendrick’s crew as they sail the galaxy in search of profitable trade.
A Trader’s Tale from the Golden Age of the Solar Clipper : Book 2
After Ishmael Wang is promoted to the environmental section, he’s caught in a swirl of mystery, doubt, belief, lust and a really nice fitting pair of jeans. He has to come to grips with what it means to be a spacer while he’s still trying to figure out what it means to be a man. Join Ishmael, Brillo, Pip, and the rest of the crew of the Lois McKendrick as they help the newest member of the crew adjust to life in the Deep Dark.
A Trader’s Tale from the Golden Age of the Solar Clipper : Book 3
The Lois McKendrick runs headlong into trouble when a routine in-system transit goes bad. Ishmael and the rest of the crew must scramble to figure out what went wrong and how to fix it in order to keep the ship alive. Learn more about the officers and crew of the Lois McKendrick as they struggle to keep their ship and discover how Ishmael finds out how wrong he’s been about what it means to be a spacer in this latest Trader’s Tale.
A Trader’s Tale from the Golden Age of the Solar Clipper : Book 4
When he graduates from the Academy at Port Newmar, Ishmael Horatio Wang reports for duty in his first assignment as an officer. When he gets to his new ship, he finds things are not exactly the way he’d learned in school. The coffee tastes like used engine oil, the ship has no heart, and the nearest decent tailor is two quadrants away. What’s a new Third Mate to do? Will he be able to trust Billy?
A Trader’s Tale from the Golden Age of the Solar Clipper : Book 5
A shuffling of cabins puts Ishmael Horatio Wang in command of the worst ship in the fleet. He learns that being Captain doesn’t make you infallible and that life in the Captain’s Cabin is filled with new kinds of challenge as he tries to keep the ship moving, the crew out of trouble, and turn a profit to earn his Captain’s Share. In a ship where the officers outnumber the crew, how can he manage to keep everybody happy? Welcome to the SC Agamemnon.