18 September 2004

Email from “Mr Benny Tom,” re­gard­ing my iBook ad:

Hello, I am in­ter­ested in buying your (ITEM ),but will like to know for how long you have been using this ( ITEM),i will like to know the present con­di­tion of the (ITEM ),how much you are going to sell it for me.I will also ap­pre­ci­ate it if you can forward some re­cently taken pix of the (ITEM) so that i can see what i am paying for,thanks and hoping to hear from you soonest,bye.

I think you’ve got some template-substitution problem there fella.

(I’m trying because the London craigslist is mostly fairly pathetic, but I’d rather that it wasn’t; and I was hoping that posting a le­git­i­mate ad would help. I’ve re­ceived three replies so far, all suspicious…)