: Someone used my limo's interior pics for their Craigslist Ad



turbojimmy
07-20-11, 08:45 PM
It pisses me off a little. The exterior pic of the car, a black '96 6-door limo, as well as the driver's side interior appear to be legit, but the passenger compartment is a pic I took of my car back in October. There's no mistaking it. I stumbled across it while listing my own car for sale (looking at that bigger '94).

So I don't know what kind of scam the guy is trying to pull, but I don't want my pics to be part of it. I asked them to remove the picture but they didn't. I sent a complaint to Craigslist. It's funny because his interior is blue - it's plain as day that my interior is black.

Here's the ad: http://longisland.craigslist.org/cto/2494001394.html

That 3rd pic is mine, not the car he listed.

Anyway, I listed my car but it's not appearing in a search of keywords. I e-mailed them about that, too.

I'm going to look at the '94 on Friday. Hopefully it's as nice as it appears to be in the pics....

jayoldschool
07-20-11, 09:52 PM
Report the ad, they'll remove it.

Stingroo
07-20-11, 09:53 PM
Yep, just flag it.

MrHolland
07-20-11, 09:59 PM
So someone borrowed and interior pic prob because they were too lazy to take their own or liked your pic better, is that really a bad thing??

turbojimmy
07-20-11, 10:08 PM
So someone borrowed and interior pic prob because they were too lazy to take their own or liked your pic better, is that really a bad thing??

Yes. The picture is not his car. The 24-hour middle seat option is pretty rare, and each coach builder had a different twist on the theme. Superior did it one way, Federal did it another. My car is a Superior, his is not. He may have just unbolted the middle seat in his car and turned it around, which would mean that the safety belts are in the wrong place or non-existent.

No matter how you look at it, he's misrepresented the car in the listing. Maybe all the pics are bogus? Dunno, but I don't want him using my pic. I hate lazy people, and hate scammers even more.

MrHolland
07-20-11, 10:10 PM
I can certainly respect that, I do feel the same way. Just thought I'd play devils advocate for a minute

CBodyFan
07-20-11, 10:12 PM
It is false advertising. What else is he lying about?

MrHolland
07-20-11, 10:16 PM
I didnt realize the different variations in that type of car. If I were to sell my Cadillac and someone had the exact same car for sale with pictures listed then I see no problem with using the pics someone else already posted, as long as its the exact same car. Some might say its lazy, other might say its good time management.

CBodyFan
07-20-11, 10:20 PM
If I am selling a brand new product and use a syandard file photo to represent said product that is OK. When selling a used product you should only show a picture of that actual item OR make sure you add a disclaimer. Anything else is dishonest. And with a car you want to see what actually is for sale, not a reasonable facsimle.

turbojimmy
07-20-11, 10:36 PM
I didnt realize the different variations in that type of car. If I were to sell my Cadillac and someone had the exact same car for sale with pictures listed then I see no problem with using the pics someone else already posted, as long as its the exact same car. Some might say its lazy, other might say its good time management.

Yeah, if it were identical I could see it. But it isn't. I can see in the pic that it's not a Superior car which means that even if the middle seat has the "24-hour" option, it wouldn't be like my car. The vast majority of the 6-door limos had a fixed center seat that faces forward. Seat belts were regular shoulder belts where you would expect them to be. On the 24-hour cars, the seats slid on a track and lock into place. They flip so they could face both forward and backward. When facing backward, there is another set of seat belts. I've seen a lot of 6-door cars where the owners simply unbolt the middle seat and turn it around, which technically can be dangerous because there's no seat belts in that scenario.

I'm a little anal about it because I did my homework and searched high and low for a legitimate 24-hour arrangement. This guy might have one too, but it's not likely.

outsider
07-21-11, 09:02 AM
using incorrect pictures also hides the quality of the item...people will see the pics and think it's in great shape then drive however many miles to go see it and it'll look like crap...

MoistCabbage
07-21-11, 10:11 AM
Something similar to this happened a while back. The posting was for an 03' Seville, the "seller" used an exterior pic of a silver STS belonging to a member here, and the interior pic was of a Deville. some people......

turbojimmy
07-21-11, 11:16 AM
Something similar to this happened a while back. The posting was for an 03' Seville, the "seller" used an exterior pic of a silver STS belonging to a member here, and the interior pic was of a Deville. some people......

I don't get how someone has access to the internet to post on Craigslist, but doesn't have a means of capturing an image electronically and posting it on the site? Everyone has a digital camera, cell phone, etc. these days, or know someone who does. It takes like 60 seconds to snap a pic and upload it. At best it's laziness, at worst a scam.

MoistCabbage
07-21-11, 11:35 AM
A scam on craigslist? Naww, never in a million years.

CADforce69
07-21-11, 11:37 AM
I agree that using somebody elseīs pics is not the proper way to do things:

1- Probably heīs trying to hide something or everything of what turbojimmy suspects. That is dangerous for people considering this car as a real option. They could waste time and money to go and check the car is not what is advertised, as outsider told. If he has any trouble with his seats, why doesnīt he upload an official pic of the builderīs catalog? Anyway, a honest seller shows the car "as it is".
2- Maybe in the future Turbojimmy advertises his car. When he uploads his pic someone could think that itīs him who is taking another oneīs photo, so he would be appearing as the scammer.

I would report the ad, no doubt. They will have to remove it.

turbojimmy
07-21-11, 12:05 PM
Maybe in the future Turbojimmy advertises his car. When he uploads his pic someone could think that itīs him who is taking another oneīs photo, so he would be appearing as the scammer.

I would report the ad, no doubt. They will have to remove it.

That's exactly what happened. I listed my car for sale with the same pic. Someone looking for a '96 Fleetwood Limo in this part of the country is going to find both listings with the same interior shot.

I flagged the ad, but it looks like it's still there (for now).

csbuckn
07-21-11, 02:31 PM
It takes a few flags to remove it from craigslist.

turbojimmy
07-21-11, 03:42 PM
It takes a few flags to remove it from craigslist.

I sent them an e-mail, too. It's not that big of a deal. If they act on it, great. If not, I've got bigger fish to fry.

Cadillacboy
07-21-11, 04:39 PM
You're exactly right with your frustration . I would do the same as well . At least they should have said that those images were representative purposes only not "the real deal"

CADforce69
07-21-11, 05:29 PM
It takes a few flags to remove it from craigslist.

What if some of us flag the ad too? Which category we should choose? Maybe "Prohibited"?

turbojimmy
07-22-11, 12:30 PM
What if some of us flag the ad too? Which category we should choose? Maybe "Prohibited"?

Yeah, I did "Prohibited". None really fit exactly.....

CADforce69
07-22-11, 03:02 PM
Yeah, I did "Prohibited". None really fit exactly.....

Iīve just flagged it. I hope it makes Craiglist administrators wake up.:thepan:

turbojimmy
07-22-11, 03:42 PM
Iīve just flagged it. I hope it makes Craiglist administrators wake up.:thepan:

Thanks!