Thursday, July 8, 2010

Craigslist- Selling

My husband has a couple things up on Craigslist for sale right now, so I was inspired to write a post about selling on Craigslist. I'm sure it will be followed soon by a post on all of the great finds we have gotten from Craigslist.

Here are some of the items we have sold on Craigslist over the past few years:
- Oak table and six chairs
- Bathroom faucet
- Broomball shoes
- Front door we had replaced
- Outdoor lights we didn't need

A storm door and large tarp are on there now.

and the most exciting item we sold was....

A Mazda 929!
When we were moving back to Minnesota from Long Beach, we decided to get rid of my husband's car. A few days before we moved, he posted it for sale. It was gone and we had cash in our pocket about three hours later! Amazing.

Tips for Craigslist Selling:
1. Make sure the title of the posting is descriptive and includes the price
2. Include any relevant measurements, sizes, material information and always include at least one picture, hopefully more than one. Many people won't consider an item that doesn't have a picture. And make sure the picture is high-quality and really shows the detail of the item.
3. If it's a product that is available in the marketplace, include a link to the item for sale on Amazon or other retail site. This is especially useful for furniture.
4. Provide your contact information- at least your email address, and preferably a phone number, and be prompt about answering calls and emails. There is nothing more frustrating than wanting to buy or learn more about an item and having to wait hours or days for someone to get back to you.
5. Don't put something up for sale if you don't plan to be home or available for the rest of that day and/or that weekend.
6. Fridays and Saturday mornings are good times to post items as most people are home on the weekend.
7. If you don't feel comfortable having someone come to your house to see an item, arrange to meet them in a nearby public place such as a gas station parking lot, library, etc. If they are coming to your home, make sure someone else is there with you just in case.
8. Only accept cash and don't ship items, there are a lot of scammers out there!
9. If something sells or you decide it's no longer for sale, remove your posting.

Here's a link to the Craigslist How-To section on the Craigslist site in case you want more information.

Happy selling!

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