This past week my phone died. I also needed to find a little trailer to transport some brush debris from a landscaping project I was working on. Since I'm always broke, I knew I didn't want to spend an arm and a leg of getting these items. So I started searching local buy/sell groups online to see what people were getting rid of.

Now, these days, most of us don't have a ton of extra money kicking. So we take to online ads for new/used things. Craigslist, Ebay, and more recently Facebook Marketplace have turned into almost the equivalent of an online yard sale. If you put in the time and effort, you can really find a bargain ... or at the very least, a great story to go with the sale.

Enter Doc Goodwin, member of the New Bangor/Brewer Area Swap and Sell. Now, it says right in their description "Use this page to post ANY New, Old or Unwanted items you would like to turn into cold hard cash. This is a great place to find bargains of all kinds."

But in Goodwin's case, he wasn't interested in making money as much as he was interested in making his grill disappear ... in any way possible.

And one of the best ways to endear yourself to potential customers is through honesty. Goodwin encapsulates honesty in his ad: total, brutal and absolute honesty.

You see, if you have a good story, sometimes you can sell just about anything to just about anyone. Or in this case, give it away.

To look at the picture of the grill in his post, it appears to be in good working order, and clean enough.

But this is a grill has caused Goodwin to feel the pangs of disappointment. So much disappointment, in fact, that he lays it all out on the table. He actually issues warning those who are interested in the free grill, so buyers will know exactly what they're getting into, should they collect this grill. "It's a year old, actually in great condition outside of its absolutely terrible performance and I want it off my deck to disappoint someone else."

As you can see from his post below, he's not kidding:

Doc Goodwin via Facebook
Doc Goodwin via Facebook

As I said, earlier, I was looking for a phone and a trailer, not a grill. But the complete honesty (and humor) in Doc Goodwin's post makes me want to go and rescue him from this grill. I want the grill to sit on my deck, so I can look at it and laugh, thinking of just how bad it is at being a grill -- kind of like a misfit toy on The Island of Misfit Toys from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

I have cats that suck at being cats. Why not a grill that sucks at being a grill? Perhaps it would be a better deck weight for a tarp? Or, if I had a green thumb, maybe an interesting flower planter. Either way, Goodwin's post, both honest and hilarious, is hands down the best post I've seen on the Facebook Marketplace. It got me to consider getting something I didn't even need. Words have power, if crafted correctly. Thanks for the laugh!

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