I currently live in an urban area. I have lived in huge cites, isolated villages, and darling hamlets. They all have perks. When gas hit 3 bucks a gallon (the first time) I traded in the quiet and quaint for, wait for it, Craigslist. If this post doesn’t apply to you because you live in a place where there aren’t enough people to warrant a listing from Craig , I understand. Go admire your scenery. I miss mine.
Anyway, when I decided to sell some furniture I no longer wanted, I decided to run the risk of becoming a skin lamp myself and sell it on Craigslist. I put 3 different things up for sale and sold two of them. Over all it was a good experience and I will probably be using it again to sell things. I like that it is anonymous until I give the buyer my name and address and that it is free. I also like that it is really, really easy to put up a listing. Here are a few tips from my experience:
1) Use pictures that make you stuff look good. If you put a beautiful couch up for sale and the carpet under it is stained, you are going to get fewer offers. Use whatever photo software your computer has to crop and flip the pictures. But be honest. If your thing is in average condition, don’t pretend it’s perfect.
2) Unless you can’t get to your e-mail regularly, don’t put your phone number or address on the listing. Or if you like having strangers call you in the middle of the night. Then go for it.
3) Respond to everyone who contacts you. I have several “very” interested buyers who never got back to me. When the item is sold, e-mail everyone and say so. Until you have the cold hard cash in your hot little hands, the item is for sale.
4) Pick a bottom price. If you want to let the buyer talk you down, post a little high. If you want to stay firm, that is okay too. Just know what your lowest number can be. If you don’t know what to charge, read some listings in your area for similar items.
5) Put measurements in the post. This will save you work later when someone asked “How high are the chairs, because they look really high in the picture. Or are they tall or are they, like, regular?”
6) If it doesn’t sell in a couple of days, repost the item. Depending on how busy your town’s list is, people can only scroll so far back.
7) Cash is king. If a person can write you a check, they can swing in to an ATM. Even the little old ladies. Cash prevents scams.
8) Take down your post when it’s sold.
Who’s had Craigslist success? Did you buy? Did you sell? How’d it go?