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The recent Craigslist flag really has me stumped. I’ve been buying and selling items on Craigslist for several years. A lot of the refurbished furniture in my house was purchased on Craigslist. In addition to the items I refurbished and kept, I was able to refurbish and sell many pieces.

Flagged by Craigslist

Last month I put two maple dressers for sale on Craigslist. The dressers were the ones I mentioned in an earlier post. One was a 4-drawer vintage dresser and the other was its 5-drawer sister. The sister had a secretary drawer.

Testing the Pricing Market

Because of the amount of work put into refinishing these pieces my family urged me to charge a higher price than I usually would. Knowing what things go for in my area I didn’t really want to set the higher price, but I listened to them. Within a week when it didn’t sell, I lowered the price. After all, I don’t need to have all the excess furniture sitting around in my basement.

Imagine my surprise when I went to lower the price I found one of my dressers was flagged and removed. Huh? Why was it flagged? I did a little research and can only assume it was flagged because in staging the dresser I placed a bottle of wine and a wine glass on top of the dresser. Photos below:

Flagged Craigslist Photo Flagged Craigslist Photo 2 Flagged Craigslist Photo 3

Since alcohol is not permitted on Craigslist I assumed the photo offended someone. So, I removed the photo with the wine bottle/glass and reposted the item. A week later, not having any response from the ad I decided to lower the price yet again only to see that the dresser was flagged and removed. No wonder I didn’t get any response.

Not Understanding the Problem

I tried for a third time to place the same dresser on Craigslist. This time I removed all wording. I had the photos (minus the wine) and placed the dimensions of the dresser in the ad. I came back about an hour later and…you guessed it. It was flagged and removed. I just don’t understand. The dresser is a nice dresser. The original ad provided information about the dresser and the dresser’s manufacturer (original ad wording below):

This dresser was manufactured by the French & Heald Company, a company known for making quality furniture between the years 1856 to 1931.

It was given a new life with organic, non-toxic materials. After sanding it was painted with non-toxic milk paint. The top and drawers were conditioned using all natural tung oil. The tung oil was tinted with milk paint to bring out the warm wood tones. Tung oil not only conditions the wood, but it protects it from spills. The dresser then received a few coats of burnishing paste topped of with Mylands wax.

This piece will look good in any setting.

Height: 34″
Width: 40″
Depth: 20″

Seeking Craigslist Alternatives

It’s frustrating trying to figure out why the ad was flagged. Like I said earlier, I’ve been using Craigslist for years and never had this happen. Rather than frustrating myself further and waste more time, I’m seeking alternatives to Craigslist to sell my dresser. I liked using Craigslist because it was free and convenient, but things change and I have to change along with them. *Heavy sigh.*

Just curious. Has anyone had this happen? If so, how did you resolve the problem?  In the meanwhile I’ve downloaded two apps to my phone, Let Go and Offer Up.  Over the next few days I’ll play around with the apps to see how they work.  Ultimately I’ll know if they work when my dresser is sold. If you have any experience with these apps, please help a Grandmother out. 🙂

BTW, do you want to buy a dresser?

FeliciaFelicia (aka Low Tech Grandma) is a wife, mother, grandmother, freelance writer and low tech blogger.

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  • Nelson September 11, 2017, 7:59 pm

    I had similar experiences with Craiglist. I had my ad flag for advertising in one area, where it wasn’t flag for advertising in another geographical area. I am clueless to why, but it is what it is.

  • No one August 13, 2017, 9:31 am

    Thanks for posting LTG. Mine was flagged also. Don’t know why. Your suspicion is the wine in the pictures. My pics had medicinal herbs in the pics. Maybe there is something to your theory.

    • Low Tech Grandma August 13, 2017, 11:48 am

      Hey No One,

      I think I later came to figure out the problem. Apparently, because I put before and after photos of the dressers, someone thought I was a professional dealer. As such, the only way my ad would remain on Craigslist was if I purchased a $3 ad as a dealer.

      Lesson learned: Don’t put before and after photos.