Craigslist is the ultimate modern-day marketplace. You can find anything you want, anywhere, at any time. And with a cheap price tag. Craigslist can be a great place to find an apartment to rent, to sell your car, and even to score a ticket to that sold out concert you want to attend.
One thing, however, that Craigslist is not good for is buying furniture, particularly second-hand church chairs. You may know someone who got lucky and struck gold with a furniture deal on Craigslist, but their find was just that—luck. You may be able to find a single chair or even a small set of chairs on Craigslist for a great price, but the odds of finding bulk, quality church chairs for your congregation is not worth the risks involved.
Today we are going to share with you five reasons why it is best for you to avoid buying church chairs on Craigslist.
Why Craigslist is Not Worth It
Have you ever found yourself on page 50 of search results on Craigslist, just hoping that on the next page there will be the exact thing you’re looking for? This happens far more often than people would like to admit. Finding things on Craigslist takes time—and a lot of it. You have to search in the right geographical location, find the specific item you’re looking for and sort through all of the postings. And with something as specific as church chairs, this could end up taking more time than the average search.
Even if you are lucky enough to find church chairs that you think may work, you then have to take the additional time to contact the person selling them. This could be via phone call, email, or text. Whichever route you take, you have to wait for a response from them, not knowing in the meantime if the church chairs have already sold.
If you are able to get through to the seller and the chairs are still available, you then have to negotiate the price. This process can involve significant back and forth conversation with the seller and you may not be successful bargaining the price at the end.
You will then need to coordinate the pick-up or delivery of the chairs. You’ll need to find a time and day when it works for both of your schedules which can prove to be difficult.
The bottom line is, purchasing church chairs on Craigslist requires a great deal of your time. Time you may not be willing to spend on a risky purchase!
2. Overpriced Options
Sellers on Craigslist think the items they are selling are worth far more than they actually are. Anyone selling on Craigslist is trying to get the most money they can out of their items, and you can’t really blame them. However, you do not want to get tricked into paying more for your church chairs than they are worth.
Determining the worth of church chairs on Craigslist can be quite difficult. Since they are used, you cannot be sure of just how much they’ve been used—how much wear and tear they’ve truly endured.
Some of the church chairs on Craigslist can be researched to determine their value, but others may be custom, a brand that is no longer in production or the chairs may no longer have identifiable tags or plaques.
It is best to stick to purchasing new chairs on a trustworthy site where you know exactly what you’re purchasing.
3. “Vintage” Misnomer
There has been a resurgence in the popularity of “vintage” items in recent years. And some vintage items are truly wonderful, gorgeous pieces. However, many people on Craigslist are misusing the term “vintage” and calling anything more than 10 years old “vintage,” regardless of its quality or actual worth. By tacking the word “vintage” onto their items description, they can charge more for their item.
When it comes to church chairs, you want to avoid “vintage” items. Typically, this just means overly-used, which translates into possibly unsafe seating for your congregation. You want to be sure to have sturdy, reliable chairs for your church, and “vintage” ones (whether authentically vintage or not), will typically not meet these requirements.
There are some seasoned Craigslist sellers out there. They know just how to word the posting and just the right angles for photos to hide any sort of damage. The last thing you want is to be tricked into buying damaged church chairs, only to find out too late that you are unable to use them or they will require costly repairs.
Even if you do inspect the church chairs prior to purchasing them, some damage may not be immediately evident. Super glue may have fixed a major crack in your chair that will eventually re-surface and paint may hide a major structural flaw in the chair—you never know the full scope of what you’re getting when you purchase a used church chair on Craigslist.
The biggest downside to Craigslist is a safety concern in the form of scammers. Everyone knows someone who has been scammed in one way or another on Craigslist, and you do not want to be another one of these stories.
Because Craigslist is anonymous for the most part, people are investing a great deal of trust in complete strangers. This is not advisable when purchasing church chairs for your congregation. You may find the perfect church chairs and send the money to the seller, only to find that s/he has run off with your money and you are without chairs. This is not a rare occurrence—these instances happen far too often on Craigslist. And there is certainly no money-back guarantee with Craigslist—you are purchasing on an “at-your-own-risk” basis.
Find a Vendor You Can Trust
Rather than running the risks mentioned above, along with numerous other possible risks involved when using Craigslist, you should instead turn to a trusted vendor to purchase your church chairs.
Advantage Church Chairs has been producing high-quality, reliable church chairs since 1985. When shopping with Advantage Church Chairs, you are provided a wide variety of options to make sure that your church chairs are exactly what you are looking for.
1. Minimal Time Investment
The amount of time you will invest into purchasing your church chairs with Advantage Church Chairs is minimal. You have many options to sort through, but our team of professionals can help you make your decision and meet any deadlines that you have.
Once you’ve ordered your chairs, Advantage Church Chairs offers discount shipping depending on the quantity and destination.
2. Fair Pricing
Advantage Church Chairs has put significant effort into providing you the highest quality of church chairs at an affordable price. We even offer closeout church chairs that are priced at a deep discount.
3. No Used Chairs
All chairs purchased from Advantage Church Chairs are brand new and made with great care and attention to detail. We guarantee a long life for your church chairs and know that you will be pleased with their sturdy construction and reliability.
4. No Damages
Because all of our chairs are new and constructed with the utmost care and precision, your chair purchase will be free of damages and will last your congregation a very long time, proving to be a very good return on your investment.
5. Family-Owned and Operated
If you use Craigslist to buy your church chairs, you are rolling the dice and gambling with the safety and comfort of your church seating.
Advantage Church Chairs treats all of our customers like family. In order for us to be happy, we want you to be happy and we work hard to bring you the best quality chairs at the best prices. Contact us today to speak with one of our knowledgable representatives about your next church chair purchase!