Quoted from BrianZ:
By the time we post it, the sharks have it anyway. Plus, some of the C/L ads are such a mess they are worth a good laugh.
I might be missing it. How is it screwing anyone?
It takes time to get to the seller's place. Some sellers will hold machines for a few hours so a buyer can drive out to get it. If someone posts it on here and the seller's phone and email explode he won't negotiate or worse yet he will change his mind. You also get the jerks that will email offering more. I have seen more than a few potential great deals turn into a bidding war. Once that happens it usually ends up being a bad deal because some bonehead will offer ebay prices for a game that may turn out to be trashed/have major issues.
Case in point the sttng I bought this weekend? Seller sent me a description and old photos. Said all three ramps were good (all three have cracks, alpha is bad, delta is missing a piece, beta has a small crack). Game was supposed to be fully working. Turns out that the tie back wire on the drop target was soldered to the wrong coil. Both of the subway diverters had locked on and melted. End result is the game is completely unplayable until I get parts in. Add to that there are wires soldered directly to the driver board, 2 lines were out on the dmd, 2 of the leg brackets are stripped, translite has multiple scratches, and probably more that I have yet to find.
Now, I am not faulting the seller. He was a nice guy and I made sure he tried to play the game before I got out there. We agreed on a final price before I got there and while I am going to end up dropping a large chunk of change I will be happy with the end result. On the other hand if I drove out there based just off the ad and he had his phone ringing off the hook, I would have gone home empty handed as he would be less likely to negotiate.