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(Mother Nature Network)   Across America, more and more cities are trying to regulate garage sales. In other news, some people still don't know about Craigslist   ( divider line
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2012-06-03 11:14:42 AM  
3 votes:
CL is a great example of what's happened to the middle class in the US over the last decade or so.

It used to be that in order to find what you wanted, you had to look through dozens of local papers, newsletters, flyers, etc. Even then you often had to improvise and kinda wander around and you probably had to settle for something like what you wanted in your geographic area because there wasn't a way to look more than one or two towns over for lots of goods.

Then CL came along, and what used to take weeks now took days, you could find must more nearly what you wanted, and you could even dis-intermediate some people who used to be involved in bankrolling advertising for small stakeholders (think: Landlords and car lots)

So all the consumers and producers are 'happier' now but you have just put out of work a lot of people who were more middle-class : Real estate agents, car salesmen, newspapermen, etc.

Now while you may not mourn the loss of some of those jobs - the fact is they're gone. Newmark is making a bundle, and millions of others are out of work. And they didn't do anything wrong, per se - they were focused on doing what their job required. Newmark simply found a way to come along and do their jobs for 1/1000th of the price.

It's hard to find someone to be angry at, and it's hard to find someone to blame. We all as consumers want to save time and money, so we want something like CL to exist, but as this computer-driven centralization of america continues, and as we export the skilled labor component of our economy overseas, we are putting ourselves into the situation of having millions of permanently useless people.

From a political point of view, these people are a problem - they all need to be integrated into the economy of the free market - they need jobs, housing, closing and community - but we keep finding way to make people less useful. It's a kind of cultural misanthropy with dangerous consequences.
2012-06-03 10:55:53 AM  
2 votes:

Mr. Coffee Nerves: The neighbor had a yard sale yesterday. I have never found a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.

One has to wonder about the mindset of people who will simply block a road with their car, get out and finger a stranger's garbage.

csb: walking my dog when a big Expedition drives by and stops literally in the middle of the road. Out pops state representative candidate and his brood, all in campaign tee shirts. They promptly dash off to the yard sale, leaving the SUV running in the middle of the street. I simply open the door, hit the "lock" button, shut door and continue walking.
2012-06-03 10:16:36 AM  
2 votes:
Garage sales are fun. Ours is basically a mini family reunion and a chance to make a few hundred bucks out of stuff we were about to throw away anyway.

Also, I couldn't imagine putting a thousand items on craiglist and then attempting to co-ordinate meeting folks/etc.
2012-06-03 09:32:39 AM  
2 votes:
Craigslist is good if you have one or two things you're trying to move. Arranging to sell just one thing is hassle enough--combing through emails, calling people back, making appointments for them to see the item, waiting around for them to show up (and they're never on time, if they do show up at all). Now do that times 40 or so. No thanks--I'll print up a few signs, sit on my front lawn with a book, and deal with the flotsam & jetty that decide to sift trough the stuff.
2012-06-03 11:03:34 AM  
1 vote:
I have a soft spot for garage sales. I'm not sure what I would have worn as a child without them. We were poor. Organized thrift stores weren't yet a thing in my smallish town. I'm pretty sure 95% of my clothes were garage sale.

On the other hand, I'm still scarred from the garage sale I ran when I closed out my parents house. I wish I could say there was only one the guy with a swastika neck-tat. Not doing that again.
2012-06-03 10:57:16 AM  
1 vote:

Mr. Coffee Nerves: The neighbor had a yard sale yesterday. I have never found a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.

One has to wonder about the mindset of people who will simply block a road with their car, get out and finger a stranger's garbage.

Blocking a road bad. Other than that if you don't dig a yard sale you're doing it wrong and have no imagination.
2012-06-03 10:43:26 AM  
1 vote:
I guess Subby has never been to a garage sale where it was a divorce/moving sale. You find one where the girl was cheated on by the guy or vice versa and you get their stuff for a jar of peanuts and a tale of adventure.

"How much for this brand new 50" Plasma?"
"Fark that lying sack of shiat!! $50"

"How much for this brand new king size bed?"
"That's the bed that lying skank cheated on me with!! Give me a 30 second Charleston dance and it's yours."
2012-06-03 10:37:15 AM  
1 vote:

Abox: I recently moved and sold/gave away a bunch of stuff on craigslist. What amazes me is how people only want stuff for free no matter how badly they need it. I had a nice couch on there for $20 OBO for a week and got zero offers. Five minutes on the free list and a dozen people begging for it couldn't have it because one lucky schmuck got there first. 'Oh please let me have it it's perfect for my house!!" they'd email me. Well you should've paid 20 bucks for it then, idiot.

Good lord a whole heapin' pile of THIS!
2012-06-03 10:36:11 AM  
1 vote:

John Dewey: Wow, who knew the Fark snobbery would be anti-garage sale.

/got a great rocking chair for $5 yesterday

And it's ironic since you can't get more eco-friendly than to reuse a previously owned item instead of running off to walmart (or Target if you're a rabid liberal) for the latest chinese-made excrement
2012-06-03 10:30:27 AM  
1 vote:
Wow, who knew the Fark snobbery would be anti-garage sale.

/got a great rocking chair for $5 yesterday
2012-06-03 10:30:24 AM  
1 vote:
You suck subby. Garage sales and flea markets are great. Where else can you practice the dying art of haggling, shoot shoplifters and tag-swappers with a super soaker, and get cash money for all the crap you'd rather not just throw out?
2012-06-03 10:28:47 AM  
1 vote:
I have to admit I would not want a perma-garage sale next to me. However, I also dont want government infringing on private property rights. Of the two, the latter is the far greater evil. I would far rather be a bit annoyed by some unsightly mess in my neighbors yard than lose the right to do what I want with my property.
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