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Watch at: 00:00 / 00:00:20I've purchased over a hundred animals onCraigslist consisting of reptiles andamphibiansit sounds pretty excessive but if youalready watch the channel you know thatit's because I could created a site afew years ago where we wouldrehabilitate breed and sell reptiles andamphibians and then ship them off to newcustomers our way of kind of buildingour reputation was by buying animals onCraigslist watching after them makingWatch at: 00:20 / 00:40sure they're healthy and then sellingthem on the site now that it's moresustaining with a number of animals thatcome in along with freedom projects butI think I am a pretty reputable personand talk about buy an animals onCraigslist since we've probablypurchased more than most people so I'mgoing to go for all of my tips and mywhole process of buying an animal and myrecommendations for you for safelyWatch at: 00:40 / 01:00purchasing a pad reptile or amphibianthrough Craigslist com or similar sitesso let's begin first off why are youbuying an animal on Craigslist there's ahandful of reasons the most commonreasons that I hear from people are thatthey don't have any local reputableplaces to them they don't want to get ananimal ship to them they want to see theWatch at: 01:00 / 01:20animal in person before vine or theydon't want to support a breeder and saidthey want to buy from someone that hasto get rid of it because it's moresorehoming an animal instead of givingmoney to someone they might notnecessarily support you might I want tosupport a chain like pet for Pet Smartthere's tons of different reasons andthese are all valid but you have toremember Craigslist comes with thisWatch at: 01:20 / 01:40handful of issues as well you canprobably guess the most obvious which isan animal that's either different fromwhat it was described as or somethingthat seems fine they turns out that itwas fine in the moment but the previousowner was doing something that hadlong-term effects or issues with theanimal and then finally maybe it's justa weird person maybe you don't want toWatch at: 01:40 / 02:00meet the person the usual Craigsliststuff so just make sure you're awarethat animals might be different from howthey're described but granted this canhappen on any site and it's very commonbecause so many reptile sellers suck sobad now that we take in animals fromjust anyone we get to hear constantstories from constant cites we've hadanimals come from so many differentWatch at: 02:00 / 02:20popular sites and just so many negativestories no company is gonna be perfectbut it's it's surprising so I understandwhere people are coming from with thisbut it is risky either way I'm gonnaassume that you already knowyou want I would say just a leopardgecko as an example and the most obviousthing is to get a Craigslist you to yourcity and you type in leopard gecko keepWatch at: 02:20 / 02:40the keywords as simple as possible maybeeven just do leopard or just do geckobecause people misspell everything youshould also spell things different waysto make up for these misspellingsinstead of leopard gecko say leopardgecko with just a K say leopard geckosay lizard leopard lizard spottedlizards some people don't even know whatspecies it is and they might just callWatch at: 02:40 / 03:00it gecko or blizzard or something sojust keep going through all of thesekeywords and see just how many you canfind what I personally do is save everysingle one that I'll potentiallypurchase and just basically as links inlike a document and I don't actuallycontact them yet but for a leopard geckoI spelled leopard a bunch of differentways I spell gecko a bunch of differentWatch at: 03:00 / 03:20ways I look at the local area and then Ilook at a couple nearby cities firstcheck community most people don't wantto feel like they're selling theiranimal so they posted in the communitysection but let's face it most of themare selling their animal and others willjust be aware of that and put it in thefor sale section you can check all thetabs but there's never any in events oranything like that next up let's say youWatch at: 03:20 / 03:40have a super long list of animals thatyou are considering I would say itwouldn't hurt to contact all of them nowI do not recommend using your real emailor your real phone number people havedifferent goals they might try to spamyou scam you that wants to get annoyingand this takes off the reliability ofyou having to respond to them becausejust a disclaimer here a lot of thingsWatch at: 03:40 / 04:00that I do on Craigslist are kind ofdouchey in a lot of ways and personallyI tend to be that annoying person ifyou've ever been on Reddit and you sawchoosing beggars that subredditthat's basically me on Craigslist and soI'm gonna be talking about those that'sjust a heads up you don't have to doWatch at: 04:00 / 04:20everything I'm gonna say obviously youmight really get on peoples nerves andyou don't let them have any real numberto get around this you can use Gmail tomake a free email obviously and you canuse a voice google comm to create a fakephone number you can also buy a burnerphone on Amazon or something look like acheap temporary SIM card or somethingbut I recommend using voice Google youenter your real number but it's thenWatch at: 04:20 / 04:40masked by this other numberI almost think of it as like a VPN theonly difference is it doesn't cover upyour location so don't do this if you'regiving something illegal but you can dosomething kind of similar to a VPN whichis choose your own locate what's a coldlocation postal code not postal goodwe'll get into why that's possiblyWatch at: 04:40 / 05:00useful later on but once you have allthe people in a list try and keep reallyorganized track of all this to make iteasier because even if you're justlooking for one personal pet leopardgecko it's good to keep your stufforganized because you might end upmixing up who you are talking to becauseI personally talk to as many asphysically possible to find the bestchoice possible most likely they'll haveWatch at: 05:00 / 05:20an email as a contact which will be anauto-generated craigslist email toprotect them and then their personalphone numbernot everyone adds to this other peoplesay just text or just call or just itwithin these hours personally I alwaysgo for the number first because they'remore likely to check their text andtheir email and I text them before I doanything else if they don't respond tothat after like 6 to 24 hours to cleanWatch at: 05:20 / 05:40it on how desperate I am I then emailthem as well now the reason I do so manypeople is because most people don't evenrespond in my experience on the Raleighand Charlotte and Virginia craigslistareas all in North Carolina kind of likeVirginia South Carolina because that waskind of my domain on Craigslist I getmaybe 50 % responses even fewer end upWatch at: 05:40 / 06:00actually working on a price with me evenfewer and upsetting at the time evenfewer actually drive to the location andmeet you there and even if you wereactually having you expected so I'd sayat the end of everything I ended upgetting maybe one to two percent of theanimals that I actually contacted but IWatch at: 06:00 / 06:20contacted a lot and I oftentimes did notwant to pay full price that they wereasking so basically expect people not toreply if they don't reply you can alwaysemail them again and you can use adifferent email or phone number to seeif for some reason they may be ignoredyou because they didn't like somethingyou said but the first time you contactthem don't talk about the price don't doWatch at: 06:20 / 06:40anything just say is this stillavailable to make sure that theyactually start talking to you if youimmediately start negotiating with themand it's a price they don't like thatmuch ignore you and never respondbut if you just get them to say helloyes is still available they have alittle more accountability on their sideto actually follow up and respond theydon't have to for all you know theyWatch at: 06:40 / 07:00could be using the fake number as wellhopefully they are for their ownprotection as well because there's badbuyers too but still they feel moreinclined to reply when they're alreadyin a conversation next up talking tothem important things to ask I got tothe point where I would just say hey isit available they'd be like yeah I'dnegotiate I'd get it no questions askedI didn't care about the carrot I didn'tWatch at: 07:00 / 07:20care about the health of the animalbecause our goal was to help as manyanimals as possible and increase ourskills when it comes to rehabilitationworking with them on nourished animalsstuff like that if you're buying apersonal pet leopard gecko as ourexample you most likely want a healthyone especially starting out you don'twant to immediately have to rehab ananimal when it's your first pet I wouldWatch at: 07:20 / 07:40not recommend that so you want a healthygecko and that's why you're gonna askquestions basically hopefully you'vealready researched the animal care wisewith a care guide or various care guidesonline and stuff like that and you kindof just want to quiz them on this butkeep it short keep it simple keep itrespectful and there are different waysto ask questions that make it sound likeWatch at: 07:40 / 08:00it's for the benefit of the animal whenactually you're just trying to see likefigure out if they're a bad seller ornot for example something good to ask iswhat's the setup like I want to try andmimic it as close as possible so thatthe animal is happy and healthy the goalhere is they'll tell you everythingabout the setup or at least the basicsand then you know how bad the animalsWatch at: 08:00 / 08:20been cared for for example if they tellyou the leopard gecko has been oncalcium sand which is probably one ofthe worst options you can pick if youdidn't know so sorry if you're usingcalcium sand it's a bad choice youinstantly know there's a high risk ofthem having impaction which means thatthere's a very high risk that theirlifespan is going to be much shorterthan average based on our experienceWatch at: 08:20 / 08:40we've gotten a lot of animals that havebeen on sand and impaction is verycommon and I highly do not recommendbuying one if you have not dealt withthis before and don't use sand ingeneral so other things you can ask arethe dietmaybe they say that's eatingfreeze-dried insects some people feedtheir leopard geckos these I don'trecommend it eithera lot of the nutrients is in that juiceWatch at: 08:40 / 09:00of the bug so maybe it was living offfreeze-dried mealworms there's a chancethat we'll have non nourishment or belacking in some sort of vitamin ornutrients and that can affect the healthof the animal along with this life spanalso it makes you ask for pictures ifthere's pictures on the post it doesn'tmatterreverse image search them youright-click say search Google for thisimage and you'll see if this picture hasWatch at: 09:00 / 09:20been posted publicly on the internetbefore if it has most likely it's astolen image now the problem is a lot ofpeople will steal pictures from otherCraigslist listings wait for thoselistings to get deleted and then usethose pictures of themselves so then ifyou reverse Google search it it won'tshow up because the craigslist post wasalready removed to make up for this youWatch at: 09:20 / 09:40need to get a new picture from them tryand make it specific but not suspiciousdon't be like can you hold up twofingers I guess you could do that andthey might be ok with doing that but Iwould personally just avoid this and saysomething like could you send a pictureand better light I'd really love to seewhat color it is or I don't know I'mWatch at: 09:40 / 10:00trying to think of something off the topof my head basically ask for anypictures and don't be afraid to ask formultiple pictures if they're too lazy toeven send you an image it's very likelythey're going to be too lazy to show upto the Meetup if you end up meeting themnext up once you've found someone that'sactually replying and actually answeredyour questions let's talk aboutnegotiation I'm gonna go very brieflyWatch at: 10:00 / 10:20over this you can watch this time stampof this video I don't know it off thetop of my head's fine here it is I wentover my really weird negotiation tacticbut it works basically the long storyshort is you pretend to be lots ofdifferent people all at once fromdifferent numbers different emails talkWatch at: 10:20 / 10:40very differently with different dialectsdifferent tones different grammar andfirst give them a bunch of awful dealsthat sound just so bad they don't evenconsider accepting them then when yousend the decent deal it's gonna lookreally good compared to all those awfuldeals you sent or more I guess not dealsbut uhasking prices quick example if it's aWatch at: 10:40 / 11:00hundred dollars send one dumb email thatasks $10 that ask if they'll take it forten dollars then send another from adifferent email don't make it obviousyou got to mix it up you got to wait andmaybe even wait a couple days in betweenand send them one for 20 bucks theydon't do that maybe say 30 and thenfinally do a very respectful veryWatch at: 11:00 / 11:20friendly email where you ask 60 bucks orsomething more reasonable and then allof a sudden that sounds really good thisis exhausting and time-consuming and notnecessarily worth the time you're verymuch so increasing the chances ofgetting yelled at getting sworn upgetting threatened and just overallbeing disrespectful because you'reWatch at: 11:20 / 11:40pretty much misleading themI mean you are kind of I don't know whocares but there's a lower chance you'regonna get the animal if you do this soif you really want the animal don'tdon't do this tactic because Craigslisthas a lot of people looking for stuffespecially animals and animals disappearsuper quickly we got to the point whereWatch at: 11:40 / 12:00we would check Craigslist every couplehours all around the clock becauseanimals would sell within 30 to 60minutes and sometimes you got to bequick other times there's listings thathave been up for months I stillrecommend contacting those peopleI still get responses from people thathaven't posted their animal four to sixmonths ago and they immediately respondWatch at: 12:00 / 12:20and they're still ready it's justsomething that nobody else wanted ornobody else took their price for orsomething so don't let the time sway youfrom answering from contacting them butjust keep in mind it might affect it butyeah a lot of things will go up it'll beposted an hour agoand there ought to be 10 people tryingto get that animal for that reason youWatch at: 12:20 / 12:40might not want to pretend to be a bunchof different people and waste that timeso again I talked about more negotiationstuff in that video but let's say youfound the perfect animal and it's at aprice that you are willing to pay say itis $100 and you're willing to pay that$100 next it's time to get that animalWatch at: 12:40 / 13:00what I'm gonna cover here is drivingthere what to do if you're late becauseI'm always late and getting the animaland then leaving okay it's time to setup a location to get your animal firstoff let's cover if the person requiresthat you go to their house as you mayknow it's risky to go to someone's houseon Craigslist and it's risky to havethem come beWatch at: 13:00 / 13:20house if anyone ever said yeah I'll giveyou the animal I want to come to yourhouse don't do that but if they requirethat you come to their house there's achance that it's safe and personallyI've been maybe 50 Craigslist houses orso and there are some weird houses butthere's never been anything dangerous orrisky then again I'm not in a superWatch at: 13:20 / 13:40dangerous area so keep safety in mindbut I'm gonna cover some things that wedo when going to houses I'm not an FBIofficer I don't know all the safetystuff this is just what we do one don'tgo by yourself we've done it it's beenfine either I've gone or someone elsehas gone by themselves and most of thetime the person is just fine and at themost they're kind of weird and the houseWatch at: 13:40 / 14:00is pretty sketchywe've never been in grave danger but tryto bring someone else wanted to peoplewith you so I'll talk about the housething in a minute but let's say you'remeeting in a center location or alocation that's away from their homeobviously you look for public areas youcan do police stations will usually doWalmart parking lots Starbucks parkingWatch at: 14:00 / 14:20lots stuff like that somewhere simpleand public where there's a lot of peopleit's out in the open it's during the dayand there's security so we've done tonsof pickups at night we've done them aslate as 10 or 11 p.m. sometimes pushingmidnight if people have a second orthird shift maybe they have to wake upat a certain time go to sleep at acertain time or they're not availableWatch at: 14:20 / 14:40so just because someone says they wantto meet at 11:00 p.m. at a Walmartdoesn't necessarily mean that they wantto kill you but it could and it's not ahundred percent of people as I've provenbut it's understandable if you'reworried about by that so I get it if youdon't want to go to a dark place cuzthat's weird you most likely don't wantWatch at: 14:40 / 15:00to drive the whole way I'm just gonnause some cities in North Carolina as anexample say I live in Raleigh and theanimal is in Asheville which is West tome you don't want to drive all the wayto Asheville that's like a four three orfour hour drive and that's really far asif this person is willing to drive andmeet you let's say they asked to driveWatch at: 15:00 / 15:20halfway because that's fair for both ofyou you don't have to actually be honestyou know I'm not saying you shouldn't behonest but I'm just saying if you wantto save some time maybe you happento live in Raleigh you actually live inEmerald Isle which is on the coast andwhen I was like seven hours awayWatch at: 15:20 / 15:40yeah let's meet in the middle the middleof Emerald Isle in Ashevilleoh that's Raleigh can you drive toRaleigh maybe they'll be like yeah maybelook at that's too far but if they sayyesyou just got a five minute drive and hemake this cut a 3-hour Drive if youactually meet in the center then say youmeet somewhere in between Asheville andRaleigh there's nothing wrong with thatWatch at: 15:40 / 16:00and that's about an hour and a half foreach of you but who knows maybe they'relying about their location too maybethey actually live in Raleigh as well Idon't know who knows maybe you're bothdoing the trick and then you both get afive-minute drive I'll be kind of finebut anyway this is where your phonenumber kaizen if you want to use a fakenumber Google Voice actually lets youWatch at: 16:00 / 16:19pick your area code so you can just typein that you live in Irma dial and thenbasically they might get suspicious ofyour area code like if you live inRaleigh and your code is like 999 Idon't know what the area code there isand then you say you're in normal dialthey might be suspicious of thatpersonally we've never had someonesuspicious of our number that's neverWatch at: 16:19 / 16:40been asked because we've even usedCalifornia numbers and they just ignoreitso you most likely don't need to do thatbut if they get suspicious continuallyin your area you could always justchange your area code and fix it thatway just if you want to fake yourlocation and then next there's the goingto their house they might require youthat you go to their house because theyWatch at: 16:40 / 17:00don't have a car their car's broken downthey pretend their car's broken downthen you're actually just lazy or you'rebuying supplies that they can't fit intheir vehicle personally I've sympathizewith that like because if you have asmall car you literally just can't fitit to meet so they might be like okeyyou have to come pick it up also peopleare often disabled and they physicallyWatch at: 17:00 / 17:20can't drive or they physically can'tpick up the items that they're bringingso though asks that you come and pick itup and that's the only way you can getit for house safety again it's notnecessarily dangerous just becauseyou're going to their house and we didit every week we'd always go to a newhouse but that doesn't mean that you'regonna be safe necessarily so here's justour personal protocol we would have oneWatch at: 17:20 / 17:40if you're going by yourself always givemultiple other people your locationyou're going to tell them what timeyou're getting there and what timeyou'll be back if I don't call by X thencall the police to this location likeokay I'm going to this house I'msupposed to meet there at 12:00 I'll letyou know when I get there in thedriveway if I don't call you by 12:30then there's something wrong and youWatch at: 17:40 / 18:00need to help me so get someone reliableyou can do that with also if you'regoing with somebody it doesn't hurt totell someone else that as well that'snot going but it's more safe if you gowith someone as well multiple peopleeven I don't think it's too weird andnot all of them even have to come insidelike maybe just - you go inside - youWatch at: 18:00 / 18:20wait in the car if you don't have anyfriends I understand it'll be harder andI would try to avoid going to theirhouse but what we would do is we don'twalk in the house first they walk infirst and we are the one that's just thedoor behind us if there's no animals wedon't even shut the door we just crackit we never lock the door if the personasks that we close it we close it if theWatch at: 18:20 / 18:40person asks that you lock it don't andleave we've never had someone ask us tolock their door at the most I'll ask usto close it if they don't want thetemperature to change or if they have ananimal that might get out also just payattention to the area when you'redriving up to it see if it seems sketchylook for vehicles see what kind ofvehicles they are maybe that's beingWatch at: 18:40 / 19:00judgmental I mean it is being judgmentalanyone with any vehicle could bedangerous but it helps if there's like aton of vehicles outside or if there's novehicles outside if you could drive upto a house with zero vehicles you shouldbe concerned that's kind of weird and weactually have done that before and itwas super confusing because they wereWatch at: 19:00 / 19:20still texting us and we saw emotioninside the house but there were no carsoutside but in our experience when thiswould happen it was actually a kidmeeting us while their parents weren'thomesometimes it looked like they werehiding something from their parents likethe animal was there without theirparents permission and they weresneaking it out wow they weren't homeand then other times I guess kids areWatch at: 19:20 / 19:40just going like selling whatever theywant on Craigslist by themselves nextwhen we walk into the house we try andkind of survey and without being weirdas you start the conversation usuallythis is super quick the whole ordealmight be less than two minutes sometimesit's literally 15 secondsCraigslist Meetup other times is 15minutes if they end up just blabbing andWatch at: 19:40 / 20:00won't shut upin this time it's good to look aroundsee what there is we've often timesspotted weapons most of the time they'renot even hiding it from us they'll justbe out in plain sight I have been inhouses that have literally dozens ofweapons everywhere and they don't evensay anything about them and that's kindof weirdand yes we could it could have beenkilled on the spot so it'sWatch at: 20:00 / 20:20understandable if you back out at thatpoint but maybe they're just a licensedgun owner or something so looking aroundfor other rooms seeing if other doorsare open or shut seeing if anyone elseis there maybe it's a family member ormaybe it's someone that's there to grabyou who knows but I can't give muchsafety advice we basically just try andsurvey the area see if it's reasonableWatch at: 20:20 / 20:40see if anything just feels off ifthere's ever an off feeling just don'tgo your mind is really good at pickingup those little subliminal messageswithout you even realizing it when youget that eerie feeling like that feelingof someone looking behind you in thedark or something most likely your bodywas picking up little senses like itheard a twig crack but you didn'tactually notice that was just your mindWatch at: 20:40 / 21:00dealing with it for youbasically instincts are very good forCraigslist and use them to youradvantage if there's just this bizarrefeeling take it but then again assomeone with extreme anxiety who isaware that our instincts are kind ofmessed up everything feels like that soI unfortunately had to ignore thatfeeling because I got it in every singleWatch at: 21:00 / 21:20house when I was actually fine alsoanother weird house thing a lot ofpeople don't want to give you theiraddress until you're like 10 minutesaway so they'll be like okay it's inthis city let me do it once you're inthe city then I'll give you the addressmost of the time they say this is fortheir own protectionsome people have basically had veryvaluable stuff very expensive cars lotsWatch at: 21:20 / 21:40of tech or certain things where they'reafraid that a burglar or robber might betrying to kind of figure out the houseso they want you to be close first Ithink this is just trying to makethemselves feel better because there'svery easy ways to get around thisliterally just typing hey I'm 10 minutesaway what's the exact address you don'tWatch at: 21:40 / 22:00have to leaveI can do that I could send a message tosomeone right now saying I attend in itsway it doesn't make a difference butanyway people might ask you to do thatwe've never had a problem with that butsafety is not my thingdisclaimer I don't know that's what wedo then picking a location like I saidif it's in between you or somethingWatch at: 22:00 / 22:20there's nothing wrong with doing it at apolice location or had a I don't know afirehouse you don't do it at firehousecuz like the variant you might have todrive out and then you'll be in the waybut normally we do Starbucks and Walmartit's just our r2 and then we just do itoutside in front of obvious cameras andstuff so cameras won't save you ifWatch at: 22:20 / 22:40you're being mugged but the likelihoodof it happening is lower next I'll talkabout what to ask them in person what tolook for on the animal but before thatonly give you some tips on if you'regonna be late because this is what wouldalways happen to me I never keep trackof time I'm always pushing too manythings into one day and I'm alwaysrunning behindWatch at: 22:40 / 23:00I've run behind two to three hours latebut I'm able to talk my way out of it sothat they don't leave sometimes peoplehave appointments they have to get tobut if they're clearly just don't wantto have to wait or don't want to bethere at a certain time just becausethey don't want to then that's when Ikind of take advantage of that a littlebit more and use some different littleWatch at: 23:00 / 23:20texting tactics let's say the meet upsat 12:00 at noon and they live 20minutes away and you live an hour awayyou need to make it sound like none ofthis is your fault but at the same timeyou're taking responsibility so thatthey feel like you're doing everythingyou can even though it's out of yourhands with in reality it's 100% yourfault and you don't really care you justwant to get no some that you care let'sWatch at: 23:20 / 23:40say you are running an hour behindschedule and you're actually gonna getthere one they think you're gettingthere at 12:00 the goal is to kind ofconvince them that you're gonna be ontime until they start to leave becausemost likely they won't turn around ifthey've already leftbut give them a little heads-up be likeokay I just left I'm on the wayunfortunately the GPS is actually sayingWatch at: 23:40 / 24:00that's gonna be 1225 instead of twelveso sorry about this but I must havesearched wrong last time and I'mactually gonna be 25 minutes lateit sounds super nice it's not it's likeyou tried your best you're aware thatit's your faultbut alsoyou really still want to get the animalalso even though I'm getting there atoneI say 1225 I try to say numbers a littleWatch at: 24:00 / 24:20bit below I try to reverse exaggeratelike I don't want to say 12:30 becausethat's that's a half hour the 1225 okaythat's 20 something minutes I can I canwait 20 minutes but waiting a half-hourfor someone sounds bad so I'd be likealright I'm getting there at 12:25 ifthey're like okay no problem I'll leaveWatch at: 24:20 / 24:40later then you'll be like great thankyou so much and you'll actually still be35 minutes later than that but theydon't know that yet okay so you'redriving along and once it hits around1218 or something this is when I send mynext text this time it's traffic's faultthat darn traffic it just it just cameWatch at: 24:40 / 25:00out of nowheretext don't be like hey so still on theway making good progress unfortunately Ithink there's an accident or somethingthis traffic is awful and I'm barelymoving and I am so sorryI want this animal so badly but I'mcompletely wasting your time I'm goingthere as fast as I canif you could wait that would be amazingWatch at: 25:00 / 25:20so and they'll be like okay well what'sthe GPS saying now and I don't say atime this time this time I actually tellthem how many minutes this time I wantto get the idea across that it'sactually gonna be 12:45 instead of 1225so you'll be like it looks like about20-25 minutes and I'll be like okay wellWatch at: 25:20 / 25:40I've already left so I'm not gonna turnaround whatever I can wait 20 25 minutesand you're gonna be stuck in traffic butactually just speeding down the roadbecause you didn't pay attention thetime and you're doing your best to getthere on time but actually you're still15 minutes off of when they expect youto be there they think you're gettingWatch at: 25:40 / 26:00there 12:45 and it's actually gonna beone so let's say at 12:40 6-2 1247 therebe like obviously you're not gonna beright on the dot and then actuallyyou're like 18 minutes away because youtook a littlelonger still than you expected so yourWatch at: 26:00 / 26:20third text is gonna be like this is soembarrassing I just took the wrong exitits rear ooting I'm just two exits downI'm almost there this is awfulthis is embarrassing this completelysucks and then you just want to soundWatch at: 26:20 / 26:40defeated and angry and agitated so thatthey feel like they need to comfort youand be like yeah no it's no problem Iunderstand I've done the same thing justlet me know when you're around thecorner and what car you're in orwhatever and you'll be okay thank you somuchthis is haha awkward ooh I don't know IWatch at: 26:40 / 27:00make this so complicated you could justbe honest but still we're not donebecause again they think you're gettingthere 12:45 it's 12 47 now you stopped15 minutes to go wrong exits don'tusually take 15 minutes to make up itmight be like 5 to 10 minutes and so thefinal recommendation I have is at 12:57Watch at: 27:00 / 27:20they might be like where are you and ifthey don't say that then maybe you do itfor them you're three minutes awayyou're flooring it you're almost thereokay final text I can literally see theWalmart but I'm stuck at this stupidintersection this is the longest lightWatch at: 27:20 / 27:40i've ever been it and it's one of thoselike yellow blinking yields that i can'tget through and there's so much trafficcoming i can see i think i see your carat Walmart I am literally almost thereI'm just stuck at this intersection thatgives you about another three minutes totake your sweet time hopefully youweren't texting and driving while doingthis this can be the person that'sWatch at: 27:40 / 28:00driving with you or riding with youthat's doing all this interaction that'show you make up if you're late cuz thenyou have that extra three minutes youpull up at one and it's actually 103because you were still lot later thanyou expected they've been sitting intheir car for 44 minutes waiting for youthey wasted an extra 20 because they satat home waiting for you and for thatreason you have to look like this was aWatch at: 28:00 / 28:20complete mistake and you're really upsetso you drive up really fast you parkreally fast you get out as quickly aspossible you're kind of like all overthe placeand don't look like you're about toattack them or pull a gun on them justlook like you're in a rush and thenimmediately before they can say anythingbe like I'm so sorry I took so long thiswas awfulbecause you don't want them to be angryat you so that's my recommendation ifWatch at: 28:20 / 28:40you're completely late now we're herelet's calm down if you like me you'refreaking out you hurts at 140 beats perminute because you have to talk tosomebody nowthey pull out the animal of their carhere's some things you want to do whenyou see the animal first off if it'sWatch at: 28:40 / 29:00something you can handle in thatlocationI actually handle it in front of thembefore they leave and do not give themthe money yet what I do is I make itobvious the money's in my hand if I'mpaying them in cash because most oftenthey're gonna want cash and if in case Iforget saying this later don't like yousheet after the fact because you quoteforgot the money if you we're gonna payWatch at: 29:00 / 29:20them $60 but you forgot a 24 caughtdon't do that that's over the line in myopinion that's where you cross thenegotiation line because that's a stupidscam that people do and I don'trecommend that but make it obvious youhave the money but first ask to hold theanimal when you're holding the animalsee if it's similar to the pictures andWatch at: 29:20 / 29:40make sure it's what you expected makesure it's the right animal make sure itwasn't a fake image make sure it wasn'tsomething else make sure it's thetemperament you expected but keep inmind that it was just in a car and thetemperament might be different so ifit's a little agitated its hissing orbiting this could very easily be becauseWatch at: 29:40 / 30:00it was in a car and it just got kind ofbump like bumped around but for electrogecko as an example see if the tail isnice and thick and healthy see ifthere's calcium sacks and the armpits Iwill show you this these big bubblesthey're not dangerous but it gives youan idea that the owner wasn't reallypaying attention and you can even get anidea of the smell it might smellstrongly of something personally I'veWatch at: 30:00 / 30:20smelled everything I can I don't knowwhat most smoke smells like I know whattobacco is smells like obviously butbased on like googling what crack smellslike I'm 90% sure I've smelled crack onanimals so there's that and that justweird fragrances weird laundrydetergentswhatever there's gonna be all sorts ofWatch at: 30:20 / 30:40smells but if you smoke crack orcigarettes on an animal there's a likelychance the animals been affected by itand it might be stuck with a permanentwheeze which is very common with tobaccowe noticed not that you shouldn't get itbut it's just something to keep in mindbecause you have not bought the animalyet just cuz you showed up even if youboth drove five hours you have noWatch at: 30:40 / 31:00obligation to give them the money forthe animal if it's not you expected youcan refuse this at any time and leave itwould be very awkward to and we kind ofwe've only done that when an animalended up being dead we didn't know itwas dead I talked about this in theother video it was a corn snake we justlooked it in the container they left itin their car in the summer it was likeWatch at: 31:00 / 31:2090 degrees that day so the car wasprobably like 120 the corn snake friedwe bought it they went back to work wehad to go back and get them to come backout of their office and give us ourmoney back so that's why you want toactually take it out and make sure it'sokay and if it's what you expected thenyou can hand over the moneypersonally I ask them to count itbecause I'm really bad at heading it upWatch at: 31:20 / 31:40right and I often get people to wrongthem out of money just because I don'thave it right so once I did that backsin a few times I would be like feel freeto count it I just to be transparentabout it sometimes people will have youpaid by paypal or something which isfine it's not dangerous it's not riskyas long as they're still trustworthy asfar as you can tell I wouldn't payWatch at: 31:40 / 32:00someone by cheque that's probably theonly one I wouldn't do but you can dobin moedon't give them your credit card I don'tknow basic stuff you can figure outbring your own tub though even if theyhave something to carry it in bring oneof your own because something might beunsecured like if it's a leopard geckoand they give you a tub and the lid justWatch at: 32:00 / 32:20pops off really easily you're gonna losea gecko in your car so bring your ownsturdy container even if they saythey're bringing one also the containermight smell like whatever that smell wasor might be super gross or dirty orsomething you don't want your car so inthat case you let them leave first andthen you throw that tub away when you'reI'm not looking and then you put it inWatch at: 32:20 / 32:39your own tub or snake bag or somethingfor snakes if you don't have a snake pegyou can just use a pillowcase orcontainer as well also you can check thesex of the animal if you want to makesure it's the right sexI have a video for example on how to sexleopard gecko's is super easy and it'svisual I wouldn't like sex of all Pythonin front of them because you're gonnahave to pop their cloaca and it mightWatch at: 32:39 / 33:00look like you're doing something bad andyou don't want them to think that you'renot reliable in that way so yeah there'sthat just do obvious visual things don'tstick your fingers in all their holesbecause the person might be alone weirdit out and not sell their animal to youand then once you're ready to gopersonally because a lot of peoplerecognize me it's important to make surethey're not following me which I haveWatch at: 33:00 / 33:20not had happen but some good ways toavoid this is if you have to write anyerrands run the errands before goingback home because if they're followingyou and you go to Target they'llprobably stop following you becauseit'll be obvious do the classic like ifyou think they're following you do fourturn four left's or whatever because ifyou turn four left's or four rights thenWatch at: 33:20 / 33:39you went in a circle and they'reobviously following you then you cancall the police and never have to dothat I've never had anyone follow me butremember that it's not over untilthey're truly out of sight but againscam wise most people scam and do riskythings like this when it's like reallyexpensive things for really good dealsif you see some really cheap tech andWatch at: 33:39 / 34:00it's actually genuine most likely it'sstolen tech and they just stole it andthen sell it on Craigslist alsoobviously something might be broken buteven if it's maybe a thousand dollariPhone and it truly is it's a perfectiPhone you buy it for a hundred bucksmaybe it was just a way for them to kindof find you and then follow you butreptiles I don't think most people wouldWatch at: 34:00 / 34:20sell a leopard gecko as a way to be apredator to someone but I'm sure someonesent it out there so might as well takethe same precaution the cop carprecaution and then if you do havequestions don't be afraid to contactthem afterwards worst thing that'llhappen is they ignore you or tell themto stop contacting you so those are allof the main tips there's plenty more Ican share about Craigslist maybe I couldWatch at: 34:20 / 34:40do a second part where I talk about moretips and tricks and random things butthose are all the basics of buyingreptile on Craigslist hopefully youlearned something if you did then goodif not then sorry you just wasted allthis time and whoops my my camerabattery went out but thankfully I wasalready done so thanks so much forWatch at: 34:40 / 35:00watching this is a pretty long video butI wanted to lay it all out there witheverything that I've learned from doingover a hundred craigslist pickups weirdflex I know but I don't know I wanted toshare hopefully it helped you out let meknow if you find any cool stuff onCraigslist I mean if you get mugged onCraigslist and how my responsibilitieslike I said this claimer I forgot whatWatch at: 35:00 / 35:20that disclaimer was I check out othervideos if you want I have like otherreptile videos thanks watching goodbyehmm but

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  1. Watch the Craigslist pickup vlogs! https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLIXZgmnvg0nAc4dzORHhpkrktE5ZNHilR
    CONTENTS

    0:00 Intro

    0:49 Why buy from Craigslist?

    2:11 How to find the perfect reptile

    3:19 Best way to contact seller + what to say

    6:50 What to ask

    8:50 How to avoid scams

    9:59 How to negotiate

    12:35 How to set up location

    16:33 How to safely meet at somebody's house

    22:28 What to do if you're running late

    28:35 What to do when picking up

    32:54 How to leave safely

    34:15 Outro

  2. I always plug the buyers phone number into Facebook and or name and check out their profile. I sold a truck once and found that the 3 potential buyers were all friends of each other on Facebook. they came for me from 3 angles. The funny part was when I finally sold it, the were all together but didn't know I knew they each had made an offer. LOL

  3. Damn, I understand some of this some of the time like I’m 100% willing to fuck over someone if I’m buying a sick or neglected animal.

    But damn if you doing this to people who have to rehome animals for legitimate reasons like losing their home, the house is no longer safe (domestic abuse), etc.. you are a monster and a flipper.

  4. I've been scammed WAY TOO MANY TIMES BY CRAIGSLIST! There are no private breeders in Buffalo at all and I now can NEVER TRUST ANY ONLINE REPTILE SITES EVER AGAIN! i have decided to go to a local pet store and take my chancrs! Too many scammers have ruined craigslist for me forever

  5. I am way too excited. I saw an ad for a female panther Cham and all her stuff off craigslist for 100 bucks. I really want her but even though Ive got all the money my mom will prob tell me no 🙁

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