Tuesday, May 22, 2007

craigslist

Here's a weird thing about craigslist. So, I know people exaggerate the apartments they're offering to make them sound better. It's tacky, and it's just going to backfire when people actually *get* to the apartment and realize it's a hellhole, which means (hello) you've just wasted the time of showing it. But the weirdest is the lies about how close an apartment is to an important feature. Like, say a metro station.

See this ad for an apartment on Capitol Hill. The text says the apartment is "3 blocks to Union Station." Which would be awesome, right, because it's nice to be near public transportation, and also the closer to Union Station, the safer, on the whole. Ok. Except this apartment is totally not three blocks from Union Station. How do I know? Because there's a link to the map right there in the ad. Look at the map. See the apartment? See Union Station? In what possible numbering system is that three blocks?

I understand that for many ads, the person who wants to rent won't realize that the lies are lies until it's too late, but, I mean, this is *right there*. Dumb.

4 comments:

erin*carly said...

although it is *vaguely* within 3 blocks of food and stanton park (which is my favorite for watching big dogs run around off leash and be all cute) . . . you're right. in no way is that 3 blocks from the metro. however, it doesn't look too far, and the neighborhood is cute.

are you considering looking still?

towwas said...

No no, just ranting about craigslist. I have no particular interest in that place. I think I've found a place - fingers crossed!

erin*carly said...

oooh! **fingers crossed**

there's always something to rant about with craigslist. and lots to rave, too . . . of which, i have a sea-green desk that i need to get rid of. i'm totally posting a "free" ad and putting it at the end of the driveway in hopes that someone can take it away.

I Blog, You Blog said...

It's "3 blocks" because they were only counting by even numbers and/or the yellow lines on the map? That could be it...

Or maybe in that part of town they have reeeeeeally little blocks...not like the "big blocked" sections of DC...

I'm grasping.

CL is for funny!