One of my projects that I work on deals with arbitrage, either through retail (online and brick-and-mortar) or through wholesaling. This involves selling product through many different channels. These may include Amazon, eBay, Craigslist, OfferUp or any number of other local channels. However, the biggest problem with the “meetup” style channels is a lack of reliability on the buyer side. This is extremely frustrating when considering that I took time to leave my home to go wait somewhere for someone to meet me.
Some of the more fun happenings have included some sort of craziness like selling a $5 item only to be told “$2 is all [they] brought with them.” Or the time I had some guy tell me to meet him at the empty baseball field where he and his buddies were playing baseball. I got there and he was just standing on the pitcher’s mound. Some of the people, however, have been great. They want the products, and then to go home and use it.
My concerns with reliability either come down to punctuality or the trolls. Punctuality is self-explanatory. If we agree on a time and location, please be there. Not 30 minutes late. With the trolling, however, it just seems to be a game to some people. They go through the motions to make you show up somewhere. Then they either go completely dark (non-responsive), or have some excuse why they are not going to be able to make it. I, like many others, value my time. Time is the only resource I cannot get refunded or exchanged. So when someone does not take it seriously, that bothers me a little.
This long-winded almost whine session is just meant to make you think about the times you have not been the most reliable. I was thinking about this while I was in the car at the police station (one of my “go-to’s” for Craigslist.) There have been times where I may not have been able to follow through on some things I had agreed upon. Though it was never for any malicious, or “trolling” reasons, the result is still the same. It disrespects the person I made the agreement with regardless of my intentions.
So after my little introspection tonight, I have decided that I am going to make a conscious effort to be more aware of wasting time. Whether my own, or someone else’s. I think that in the grand scheme of it all, I’ll feel much better for it. Additionally, it should do quite nicely for my relationships with the wonderful people in my life. Reliability should be a thing for everyone, no excuses.