I've had many successful sales transactions over the years and expected this one to follow the same pattern. I was disappointed that none of the early inquiries ever materialized into a sale but I was flabbergasted by the porn spam I received. This had never happened to me.
Over and over I got email that had something along the lines of "Hey, you seem interesting! Click through to my site and see my pictures!" or "I'm tired of just emailing - let's hook up!" It was bizarre. May table and chairs is code for something I don't know about in the online world.
So when I received an email that read "Very nice! You still have?" my guard went up. It was another weird spammer, I was sure. But I took a flyer and responded. Over the course of several odd interactions, asking me to hold it for a week or have his brother or father pick it up, we finally settled on a price and a date.
All the weirdos and the strange tone of our interactions had left me a bit spooked. Needless to say, when the final meeting time was while I was home alone, I was planning on being armed for the interaction, just in case.
The guy's brother called and it went down like this:
Me: Let me give you my address. It is 1234 Main Street.
Him: You live on Main Street? We live on Main Street.
Me: Which house?
Me: What does it look like? (Our numbers don't really go all in a row so the number alone didn't mean a ton to me.)
Him: They grey one with the stone front.
Me: You mean the Santilli's?
Him: Yes, I'm Don Santilli.
Me: You live next door to me. Why don't you walk on over and we can carry it to your house.
Needless to say, I felt much safer after that.