It’s always interesting writing a Kijiji ad for anything. I finally got a new Xbox 360 after my last one RROD 6 or so months ago, the newish 4GB slim was on a 70 dollar off sale and I figured what the hell. The big benefit is that the new model has built in wireless which meant I no longer needed the wireless adaptor I had for my original x360. So off I went and created the ad to sell this still viable piece of hardware:
That is when all the amazing responses start coming in, responses like:
‘can u deliver’
‘i have 35 dollar firm you call negotiate’
Then a decent response that went nowhere:
‘I am interested in buying this from you. Thank you please email me back.’
Then more idiocy:
‘is price firm’ (Jesus fuck, the ad says FIRM moron)
‘interested but need it drooped off’
Normally I ignore the stupid questions, but this last one finally got my goat:
‘do you want trade your adaptor for my ps3 game’
Graaaahhhhhhhhhh! I had no choise I had to reply:
‘Hi there, normally I don’t reply to silly questions like this, but I just can’t help it:
Did no one teach you proper etiquette when communicating with people? Start with “Hi there, I have a question”, or “I saw your ad and have a question” You come off as rude and immature in this reply. As far as I know they teach grammar and punctuation in elementary school. Remember, capital letters and periods are your friends. Oh and if you read it the ad is offering an Xbox 360 component for $40 firm and you offer a PS3 game? One that you don’t even give me the title of?
The answer is a firm no, and I hope you read this reply and realize that you need to read before answering and answer with at least a little courtesy and knowledge. Being 13 (I am guessing your age based on your e-mail address) is no excuse for asking for something without using proper tone and language.
I am sure this note will make you want to reply in anger, but I hope you don’t and think about what it means to properly communicate with people. Look at the ad, it is clear, concise and friendly, your reply is none of these things.’
Bottom line, people are idiots, oh and I know my reply is far from perfect, there are grammatical, tone and placement mistakes, but that is not the point.