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Koelner Thu 13-Aug-20 22:53:32

Long story short, my freezer is dying a slow death. It may last another month, but I can't take the risk. As the fridge, while still OK, is the same age, I decided to kill 2 birds with one stone as it were and replace both.
Saw a small fridge/freezer on FB marketplace that had only just gone up. I messaged asking if it was still available and saying that, if it was, I could collect at their convenience.
When I've gone on messenger, they've seen the message. Then underneath my message it says "X sold fridge freezer".
As they haven't responded, should I assume that I just wasn't quick enough or should I just wait and see if they respond tomorrow before looking again?

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BluebellForest836 Thu 13-Aug-20 22:54:28

It’s sold which is why they didn’t reply.
Keep looking.

Koelner Thu 13-Aug-20 23:16:25

@BluebellForest836 that's what I suspected. It would have been nice for them to message and apologise, but I can understand them not, given how some people react. I just hate uncertainty.
Will look again in the morning and hope to find something affordable.

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Lockheart Thu 13-Aug-20 23:18:21

Koelner

*@BluebellForest836* that's what I suspected. It would have been nice for them to message and apologise, but I can understand them not, given how some people react. I just hate uncertainty.
Will look again in the morning and hope to find something affordable.

Why would they need to apologise??

You're giving this too much headspace. Just find another one.

BluebellForest836 Thu 13-Aug-20 23:19:31

Why would they apologise to you ? You aren’t owed an apology from them.

They put it up and marked it as sold so they had another message at the same time I guess or it was on other sites too.

Replying and saying it’s sold would of been nice but it’s been marked as sold so not necessary either.

Newkitchen123 Thu 13-Aug-20 23:21:22

X sold the fridge freezer.
How much more certain would you like?
The point of marking something as sold on marketplace is so that you don't have to do individual replies
You will not be the only one who messaged

dwiz8 Thu 13-Aug-20 23:22:41

Koelner

*@BluebellForest836* that's what I suspected. It would have been nice for them to message and apologise, but I can understand them not, given how some people react. I just hate uncertainty.
Will look again in the morning and hope to find something affordable.


Why would they apologise?

I'm sorry we sold the item to someone else? What planet do you live on

Koelner Thu 13-Aug-20 23:25:36

If I had an item on marketplace and had sold it, maybe I'm in the minority, but I would not just mark it as sold and not respond. I would reply saying that, I'm sorry, but I've sold the item. Otherwise I would feel like I'd ignored someone.
Plus, the item was marked "sold" AFTER I messaged. This is why I'm not sure if it is me or someone else. Yes, I do know I'm not the only person who is going to message, but a little courtesy goes a long way. Maybe I'm just too polite for my own good.

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Lovely1a2b3c Thu 13-Aug-20 23:25:46

If you can afford a cheap fridge-freezer then it's probably best to buy new as you don't know what's wrong with a used one.

TokyoSushi Thu 13-Aug-20 23:31:28

This has happened to me, it is annoying!

I am extremely polite, and fair on FB Marketplace. Excellent customer service is a big part of my job and I havd been doing it for so long that I just naturally apply it in every area of my life!

You'll find on marketplace that most people aren't like us OP! grin

dwiz8 Thu 13-Aug-20 23:33:14

Koelner

If I had an item on marketplace and had sold it, maybe I'm in the minority, but I would not just mark it as sold and not respond. I would reply saying that, I'm sorry, but I've sold the item. Otherwise I would feel like I'd ignored someone.
Plus, the item was marked "sold" AFTER I messaged. This is why I'm not sure if it is me or someone else. Yes, I do know I'm not the only person who is going to message, but a little courtesy goes a long way. Maybe I'm just too polite for my own good.


You are aware how many people express interest right? Last item I sold I had over 60 messages in the first few minutes.

No one owes you an apology, they marked it as sold which tells you all you need to know

BluebellForest836 Thu 13-Aug-20 23:34:53

You don’t actually think someone would mark it as sold to you when they haven’t even replied to your message confused

gamerchick Thu 13-Aug-20 23:35:23

If yours is on its last leg then there's nothing to stop you putting it up for sale on Facebook market place is there?

Meaning, you really would be better off buying new. There's too much that can go wrong with second hand white goods.

Koelner Thu 13-Aug-20 23:36:31

@Lovely1a2b3c I can't afford a new one. My current fridge and freezer are around 30 years old. My parents bought it when they did the kitchen about 30 years ago. Not sure exactly which year, only remember helping them fit the kitchen and that we then switched from a fridge/freezer to the separate units. Being on universal credit, what I can afford really isn't going to stretch to a brand new unless I don't eat for the month!
@TokyoSushi I don't buy much on there, only a couple of things and have been lucky to deal with polite sellers who responded either saying the item had gone or that it was still available. It seems I've been lucky until this point.

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Koelner Thu 13-Aug-20 23:39:01

@gamerchick I'm not putting a 30 year old freezer on marketplace. Neither am I putting a 30 year old fridge on marketplace. Even if I did, with my current budget, and what I might be able to sell them for (basically, I'd probably have to pay someone to buy them), I still couldn't afford to buy new. Not everyone is in that lucky position.

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TatianaBis Thu 13-Aug-20 23:53:51

In that case you can’t afford to buy a second hand ff that goes wrong and you have to fork out to replace.

Blackbear19 Thu 13-Aug-20 23:58:32

Sometimes these things happen. I posted something on two different groups. One approved my post the other approved it 30mins later. By the time the second one approved it Id someone already expressing interest.

Koelner Thu 13-Aug-20 23:59:47

@TatianaBis So, as I rely on a freezer, what do you expect me to do? I can't afford to buy brand new right now. Maybe in 3 months I could save enough up to get new. However, my current freezer will not last that long. The fridge might, but I really don't want to take that risk.
I'm really sorry that not everyone lives in the world where you just go and buy brand new everytime something breaks. Not everyone can afford that. I really don't care if the fridge/freezer I buy dies in 4 months time as I would be able to afford to buy new at that point.
I'll take the risk of buying secondhand.

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CaptainCabinets Fri 14-Aug-20 00:03:12

Curry’s do 9 months interest-free if that helps you OP?

Lockheart Fri 14-Aug-20 00:05:08

Koelner

*@TatianaBis* So, as I rely on a freezer, what do you expect me to do? I can't afford to buy brand new right now. Maybe in 3 months I could save enough up to get new. However, my current freezer will not last that long. The fridge might, but I really don't want to take that risk.
I'm really sorry that not everyone lives in the world where you just go and buy brand new everytime something breaks. Not everyone can afford that. I really don't care if the fridge/freezer I buy dies in 4 months time as I would be able to afford to buy new at that point.
I'll take the risk of buying secondhand.

If you can afford to buy new in 4 months time then why not buy new now with an installment plan or a pay-nothing-for-X-months thing like a poster upthread suggested?

DimidDavilby Fri 14-Aug-20 00:06:15

I got all my white goods on gumtree, maybe try there if marketplace isn't working out. The man even delivered for me. Better to deal with a (semi) professional. Then you've more chance of them being reasonable if it does go wrong.

Koelner Fri 14-Aug-20 00:07:09

@CaptainCabinets You need to have a full time job to get credit and I don't work full time (not able to work due to disability). I did look into it before heading to marketplace. If I'd been able to get one on credit (much as I loathe it), I would be there first thing in the morning.

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22Giraffes Fri 14-Aug-20 00:07:47

What's with all the shitty and judgy replies? Op I think it's fine to expect a bit of basic courtesy, I always notify interested buyers with a simple "Sorry it's now sold". Take a coupld of seconds and gives clarity all round.

ExhaustedFlamingo Fri 14-Aug-20 00:08:13

OP, I don't think @gamerchick is suggesting you put yours on Marketplace - she's making the point that you've got no idea of the condition of what you're buying. You could end up shelling out for a fridge/freezer which is also in the final stages of its life.

Have you got any shops that sell seconds/pre-loved white appliances in your area? We have one shop like that round here and although it's more expensive than Marketplace, it's still cheaper than new and you get a guarantee.

Re the politeness thing, they were probably inundated with messages. I put a dressing table on there a few months back and I was literally flooded with messages, some of which were incredibly rude and demanding.

Toomuchtrouble4me Fri 14-Aug-20 00:10:28

2nd hand fridge freezer - yuck - find another way with x months free credit or something.

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