I haven’t been involved in the sale sites too much lately but found out about this recently.
I am not sure it will be a bad thing either as it may cut out a lot of the total junk, crazies, scams, etc.
I used to think CL was just a complete mess and then Facebook Marketplace came along. The shear stupidity of people on that is unbelievable and it seems they like the waste time for sport and enjoyment. I really hate the automated responses where all you do is click a button and send a message like “Is this available?”, “Interested”, and so on. I get these messages and then respond to have them call me and provide a phone number. They either never respond/call or start asking questions. The ones who ask questions are never serious so I would just tell them my phone number and to call. They would never call and keep asking. I finally started listing in my ads to read the entire thing. I would say CALLS ONLY and provide my number several times and still get these messages. I finally put that I would block any incoming messages from users and that I only accepted calls.
I think a lot of these messages are idiots but also scammers “phishing” to see if a live person responds. I posted a notice that something being sold on a local site was a scammer. It had nothing for sale and was just information. I got all kinds of responses so must assume they were some type of scam bot.
I also get the typical scams where they want to send a cashier’s check and use a “3rd party shipper”, whatever that means. Those are always scams so I don’t even bother looking into it more. I am curious about the shipper though. I think someone told me nothing is ever shipped. It is all about getting them on the payment.
One of my buddies tried selling his car online. It was so frustrating for him that he simply took the cash offer from CarMax and sold it to them for about half of what he should have gotten according to KBB. He was so sick of all the nonsense and scams.
The same thing happened to me with a riding mower I had for sale. It was a parts or repair unit and I didn’t need it and wasn’t going to fix it and wasn’t going to take the time to part it out and eBay it. I put it up on FB for a decent price and all I got were crap responses. I ended up cutting it apart and hauling it to the scrap yard. I was so sick of messing with this.
I have a few more mowers that I will list when I get time and suspect they will meet the same fate.