You can sell anything on craigslist. When I moved in with my now-husband, then boyfriend I sold almost everything I owned on Craigslist. I sold my couch, kitchen table and chairs, my flat screen TV, everything in my kitchen; right down to my muffin tins, cutting board and silverware. I could go on. Seriously, people will buy anything if the price is right. And the best part was that I made hundreds of dollars!
Craigslist is a bit controversial because you need to meet people in person for a sale; no transactions are done online. Following a few simple safety tips make it very safe, but there are no guarantees in life. There are crazy people everywhere whether you use Craigslist or not.
First, you will need to create an account on Craigslist.com before you can list. All you need is an email address and a password; no credit card required. Listing is very straightforward if you have basic computer skills. You will need to write a clear and informative item description. Include ALL of the pertinent information. Take the time to include all of the measurements because I promise people will ask. The more information you supply, the more likely you are to sell your item.
Next, you will need to take pictures and download them to your computer and upload them to Craigslist. Be thorough with your photos. Take pictures from different angles, with the item in different positions. Include ALL parts of the item. If you are selling a camera, for example, you will need to include pictures of the different lenses, carrying cases, and cords that come with it.
When you price your item, consider including the term “or best offer” if you are open to negotiation. This is a good plan if you are not exactly sure what someone will pay or what an item is worth. Alternatively, if you know exactly what you want and won’t take a penny less, include “firm” in the posting. I always price the item slightly higher than what I want for it. People will always ask if you will take less for your item.
Your email will be anonymous and buyers will respond to your Craigslist post, which will be forwarded to your email. The buyer can ask questions about the product for sale and discuss arrangements to meet and purchase it.
Safety is a huge concern with Craigslist. Here are my tips:
* If the product is mobile, arrange to meet in a public place during the day where there are people around.
* If the product is not mobile and you will need to sell it from your house, again, daylight is your best option. Make sure you are not home alone and have a friend or two there with you when the buyer comes.
Just last week I sold a winter coat to someone. We met in a mall parking lot during the day and I walked away with $70 in my pocket and some extra room in my closet. It’s win win. Happy selling!