Archive for the 'fake ads' Category

25
Jun
10

More than meets the eye… and a nasty surprise for a spouse?


Ad Text:

Ive posted a few times on here already about my 9 weeks old shar pei mix puppie
he is a really good dog its just not working out at our apartments and with our son
if anyone is interested please let me know
I dont want to give him back to where we got him I think he would be heart broken I would rather find him a happy home with a yard
I paid 350 for him Im willing to go as low as 200

This is bad enough as it is. The puppy is all of nine weeks, so he could legally have been sold in his state (Colorado) only one week ago. Unfortunately many BYBs don’t obey the law, so maybe he’s been in his home as much as three weeks. The poster hasn’t even given the puppy a month to adjust to his new home. Let me guess: An impulse buy at a pet store or from a BYB, with absolutely no thought put into whether or not a puppy would fit into his owner’s lifestyle.

But wait… there’s more! A few posts up we found this:


Ad Text:

so sorry too anyone that has responded to this add for a shar pei puppy for sale
he is not for sale aparently someone and I are not seeing eye to eye on this for some reason
he is not desperate for a home he is happy here with me and there would be no reason to ask for some stranger to pay you money if he would have somewhere to go Mr. price!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So, apparently the Shar Pei has been offered a home by someone who actually met the puppy, perhaps already has it in their home (“he is happy here with me”) and is willing to keep it for good. And yet, our charmer up above is trying to peddle the pup for $200 to anybody with a yard, apparently without even notifying this person, who may or may not actually be the dog’s owner.

I’ve come up with a few possible backgrounds for this story, all equally full of fail. Place your bets in the comment section.

  • The two posters are the two parents of the first poster’s son. Parent A got the puppy; Parent B didn’t want a puppy and instead of discussing the matter with Parent A, tried to earn a couple hundred bucks selling it on Craigslist.
  • The first poster and second poster are friends. Poster A couldn’t keep the puppy and promised it to Poster B, but without notifying her decided to sell it instead.
  • The puppy actually belongs to Poster B but was sold to Poster A with a promise to return it to Poster B if things didn’t work out. Instead, Poster A wants to find someone with a yard to buy the puppy for $200. Poster B may or may not be an appropriate home for the dog (and yes, Shar Peis CAN live in a home without a yard, if they get proper exercise) and is probably a BYB, but a moderately tolerable one if he/she takes back puppies that don’t work out in their new homes.
  • The puppy doesn’t even belong to Poster A at all; the story is totally made up and Poster A intended to sell a friend or spouse’s puppy quick and tell Poster B that it ran away. Unfortunately Poster B happens to read Craigslist and found their own puppy being sold!
  • They’re both the same person and both ads are faked in order to start some Craigslist drama.

If you have another idea as to what happened, post it as a comment!

Poor Pup:

28
May
10

Five People You Meet in Craigslist Pets, AKA Hell

With apologies to Mitch Albom, I’m breaking from the regular format for a moment to mention some of the worst tropes on Craigslist: Pets. I’ve looked all over the country for worstof ads to feature here, and there are some people who seem to live simultaneously in every city and neighborhood that has a Craigslist. How else do you explain seeing these five people in every Craigslist: Pets you visit?

5. The Backyard Breeder

Excruciatingly common and totally infuriating, the backyard breeder (BYB) infests every Craigslist with “non-shedding designer puppies” for a “small rehoming fee” that turns out to be at least $400 when someone calls. In BYB language, they’re “adorable puppies, rare breed, perfect companions, reasonable rehoming!” In normal parlance, they’re “hastily bred mutts, easily located in any shelter, poorly socialized, and will cost you the equivalent of six shelter adoption fees… and that’s before the vet work the breeder didn’t bother to do.”

Particularly aggravating are the BYBs who churn out Pit Bull puppies when most Pit Bulls in shelters are already put to sleep due to overpopulation. Does this BYB really think that the type of people who want a Pit puppy but can’t or won’t go to a shelter are going to provide good homes for her “make an offer” puppies?

4. Morons on the Move

I’ve been a renter my entire adult life. I’ve rented with over a dozen rats, multiple cats, foster dogs, foster kittens, hedgehogs, turtles, you name it. Yet, somehow these typical Craigslist: Pets morons couldn’t find an apartment that would allow the family pet. They’re also usually moving tomorrow and started looking for a new home for this pet today. So, the ad is titled something like “GERMAN SHEPHERD MUST GO TODAY!!!1!!11” while the ad text blabs about what a loyal, wonderful animal this is and how it’s a great sacrifice to let her go ONLY TO A GOOD HOME.

Yep, the animal probably is loyal and wonderful. Too bad it landed in the hands of someone who couldn’t handle paying a few more bucks for a pet-friendly apartment or at least starting to look for a home when they gave 30 days notice at the last place. This moron is getting rid of a dog that’s still lactating, just because he “might” be moving.

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24
May
10

Obvious reseller is obvious, and somewhat honest.


Ad Text:

Im looking for puppies. I want to give my roommates the puppies they want.

Boxer female
Shitzhu
Chihuahua (chocolate)
Pekinease female
Tcup yorkie

or just offer puppies

$100 or less please and thank you.
(willing to pay more for certain ones.)

Which is more likely: Someone has five roommates and for no reason wants to give each of them a purebred puppy of a frequently resold-for-big-bucks breed, or this is a reseller picking up pups for under $100 and relisting them for $500+ on Craigslist? Probably a master of the sob story, too–“My kid has allergies, must rehome 12-week-old Yorkie.”

This is why you don’t buy purebred puppies through Craigslist unless the seller can put you in touch with the reliable, reputable breeder who sold the puppy initially, and that breeder confirms that they are willing to approve you as the puppy’s new owner, waiving their contractual right to take the puppy back if it doesn’t work out in its initial home–and if there’s no such contractual right, it’s a BYB or puppy mill puppy. No good breeder sells puppies without the right to take them back if things go pear-shaped in the new home.

At least this scumbag is somewhat honest, though. I’ve left part of his email address un-anonymized. Take a look…

17
May
10

In the “things that will end well” category…


Ad Text:

7 week old white female wolf puppys, free to good home. ask for Kaye or Simon 832-[redacted]

I give this a 0.5% chance of being a wholly accurate ad, but if it is, I can’t imagine anything I want less than a free wolf pup separated from its siblings and parents two weeks before dogs (much less wolves) learn bite inhibition.

More likely, this is some sort of prank or scam–my money is on either a poster getting their kicks posting someone else’s phone number with a fake ad, or someone with some Husky puppies that they’ll offer for free and then suddenly decide to charge $600 for after they have a list of interested parties.