I'm sure that most of us at some time have tried selling stuff using free online advertisers like Gumtree, Preloved etc., mostly without any problems whatsoever & that's been the same for me in the distant past. However, recent attempts have been frustrating to say the least, not because nobody wants to buy for whatever reason, but what seems to be a recent phenomenon where you get an enquiry, you respond & then hear nothing more.
For example, recently I've tried selling a double bed, 3 chests of drawers, sofa with armchair & a TV unit, the only thing that was actually sold was the bed, all the rest was either kept or donated to charity. What happened with most of the unsold items that enquiries via Gumtree in my case, is that I received a positive response that included a request to email direct giving an email address. Not wishing to give out my own email, I replyed via Gumtree with my own response giving up a mobile number for the enquirer to call to arrange collection and/or ask any further questions etc. Not one of those enquirers responded & no sale ocurred, leaving me to suspect that they were not genuine enquiries but either scams to obtain my email or traders simply fishing & moving on.
Is it me, am I being paranoid or is this common practice today? Maybe those who enquired simply changed their minds, but with it happening with 3 out of the 4 items, I hope you'll forgive me if I'm just a teeny bit suspicious.
What do you think & have you experienced this sort of thing yourself?
As an aside & talking of selling stuff, how come you can't update or edit an ad in CWDF? I'd like to update the description for my Eu20i that's for sale on here.