Better that than agree to full price then start negotiating after you made the drive.
That happened to me one on the first times I used CL. Only a 20 minute drive but still annoying. I said "no", started to get back in my car, and the buyer quickly agreed to original price. He said "you can't blame me for trying". I said "yeah, I kind of can".
CL is so random that way. Curiously enough I had a LOT of luck selling/buying stuff on CL. A hassle to fish out honest buyer/seller but I think that's the way it is now. OfferUp is the same too :/ Still better than going to eBay I guess -
The only thing I've bought on CL is a Nissan Di466 flash. The seller's wife was making him sell it because she thought it would damage their baby's eyes. Paid $100 CDN because nobody wanted to buy a white-bodied flash. It works really well when I need it. Zero problem with the meeting or transaction.
Not too sure about that. Ebay is becoming a seller's nightmare of late. Had one guy message me and tell me that a lens he bought wasn't as "good" as he expected it to be due to light loss at edges and purple fringing. I referred him to the reviews, told him that the lens wasn't faulty and that it was a known characteristic. Three weks later and he decides to open a dispute. Ebay nearly always comes down on the side of the buyer and what the hell would ebay or paypal know about lens characteristics!
CL is a funny thing though as much as I might dislike it; my best gear selling experiences have been facilitated by CL. Meeting a fellow enthusiast for a coffee and chattering about gear and then selling the item to someone who will treasue it more than I is a nice experience.
But then there's all those low-balling denziens to wade through...