Never Buy A Used Alligator From Craigslist

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I tend to see life from a humorous point of view, and I am convinced that you don't need to make things up because life is just funny.  There are so many comical things that happen throughout the week that I rarely need to go looking for something to chuckle about. 

Today, a headline in the local paper read, "Alligator listing gets man arrested."  Apparently, it is a crime to post and sell your used alligator on Craigslist.  Where would you sell your used alligator?  Yard sale? 
Flee market?  Reptiles-R-Us?  The alleged alligator perpetrator sold the aforementioned reptile to an undercover agent for the whopping sum of $200.  Who would you have to tick off to become an undercover agent buying used alligators from Craigslist? 

The seller should have been suspicious of the buyer right up front because the buyer didn't try to haggle.  Of course, the ad did offer the alleged alligator for $200.  If the ad had said, "$200 or Best Offer" the seller would have expected the buyer to offer $150-$160.  But, the potential new briefcase owner offered full price.  That was a red flag!

What's a used alligator worth now-a-days.  The crime would have been a misdemeaner if the buyer only paid $199.99.  So, if you're ever tempted to sell your used alligator, ostrerich, zebra, llama, shark, lion, koala bear, or any other such creature on Craigslist, start at $199.99.  And, beware of buyers who don't haggle. 

 

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Rainmaker
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Mike Cooper
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Absolutely, Virginia.  That's what happens to FSBOs.  

Jul 14, 2011 07:31 PM #30
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Randy Ostrander
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Maybe he should have marketed them as unfinished alligator shoes. lo

Jul 14, 2011 07:57 PM #31
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Judy Klem
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Hi Mike - Not only is this story pretty funny, but your post is well-written and hilarious. Thanks very much for the huge laugh!

Jul 14, 2011 07:57 PM #32
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Mike Cooper
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Where were you when he needed marketing guidance? 

Judy, you are most welcome!

Jul 14, 2011 08:04 PM #33
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Mike Mayer
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Well I suppose I'd best keep my used raccoon then.

Jul 14, 2011 08:44 PM #34
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Patricia Aulson
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Hmmmm.....thanks for the post today, I enjoyed the read.

 

Patricia Aulson/ Seacoast NH :^ ME

Jul 14, 2011 08:44 PM #35
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Donna Quinlan
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Mike - Thanks for the warning. Next time I am shopping for a used alligator on Craigs List, I will be really cautious.  :)

Jul 14, 2011 08:46 PM #36
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I think so, Mike.  Of course, you might price it below $200.  I do hear they make nice ear muffs.

Thanks for dropping by, Patricia.

Jul 14, 2011 08:47 PM #37
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Donna, pay attention to the price.  I think that's the secret.  Thanks for dropping by!

Jul 14, 2011 08:49 PM #38
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Mike- My husband bought all of his kayaks on Craigslist but never saw an ad for a used animal of any kind.  You have to wonder what constitues a "Used" alligator!

Jul 14, 2011 08:53 PM #39
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Mike Cooper
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That's a scary thought, Kathy.  Congrats on the kayaks.  That's my next adventure!

Jul 14, 2011 08:55 PM #40
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Gay E. Rosen
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Mike - so sad.. I hope the alligator found a ncei home.. what a shame.. cute blog..

Jul 14, 2011 09:23 PM #41
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Mike Cooper
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I think the alligator is the only one who kept his freedom in this reptilian tale. 

Jul 14, 2011 09:26 PM #42
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Well, everybody knows that the only way to get rid of a pet alligator is to flush it down the toilet, and take the loss. Everybody has heard stories of albino alligators roaming the sewers of NYC. They got there by being flushed down the toilets by parents of those children that came back from winter vacations in south FL with those baby alligators hidden in their luggage. Of course that was before the TSA people got involved. I guess now they would need to be brought back in their father's golf bags.

Jul 14, 2011 09:27 PM #43
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Ed, I've heard those stories.  Never knew if they were true or just out there to keep the rest of us from roaming the sewers.  Thanks for stopping by!

Jul 14, 2011 09:29 PM #44
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Navona Hart
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There are moments in life when it just seems crazy....today I read about a guy who burned his house down because he was trying to cremate his dog.  Excellent to look at life for the funny stories.

Jul 14, 2011 10:58 PM #45
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Mimi Foster
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I appreciate the cute post, but more than that I appreciate the new look of your blog.  Love the picture.  Unusual and interesting.

Jul 15, 2011 12:45 AM #46
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
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Hey Mike, love the humor.

I've sold some items on Craigslist, including cars. What you said about those willing to pay full price rang true. There are scammers out there that offer full price from out of town, blah, blah, blah. Readers need to be aware of these cons.

Jul 15, 2011 12:50 AM #47
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Susan Neal
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I have to wonder what the poor alligator did that his owner didn't want him any more.

Jul 15, 2011 01:18 AM #48
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Navona, I think that tops the alligator story.  Wow!

Thanks, Mimi.  I'm still in the process with the background, but that's at least a temporary option.  Still working on it.  Thanks for dropping in.

For sure, Tom.  Thanks for stopping by!!

He ate the cat, Susan.  Just kidding.  I don't think the article said, but now I'm curious.  I'll have to go back at take a second look.

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