It took me four years to warm-up to selling on Craigslist. I considered Craigslist more of an online flea market than a sellers’ market, but after experimenting with a few small items, I plunged into selling and buying on Craigslist and have never looked back. Here are six things you need to know to do it successfully and safely.
1.) Electronics attract scams like flies on honey.
Scammers troll Craigslist looking to fleece the unsure seller. They ask you to ship the item, use Paypal for funds, ask if they can meet at odd locations, etc… If you decide to sell any recent or valuable electronics, be ready for them. If anything smells fishy, it probably is fishy. Walk away.
2.) Learn to take decent pictures and take more than one.
It’s amazing how many sellers fail to put pictures on the ads. If you have a cell phone, then you can have instant pictures. Make sure the lighting is decent and keep your hands steady when taking them. Put several pictures online and upload the most flattering one to Craigslist first (it will be the featured image).
3.) Spell correctly and don’t punctuate like this!!!!!
Chances are you at least graduated high school so spell like it. Decent grammar and spelling attract more people and more money. And use only one exclamation point. Nothing says thirteen-year-old-Bieber-fan more than six exclamation points in a row. Duh!!!!!!!!
4.) Don’t be afraid to bargain.
You know why pawn shops make money? Because they are willing to be jerks. If it’s worth $200, ask $200 and don’t take $100. Also, if a person promises a price and then changes it after showing up, turn them away. That’s a jerk bargaining move, and you shouldn’t subsidize it.
5.) Try not to be desperate.
If you are desperate for money, sometimes Craigslist is a way to get quick cash. However, the more desperate you are, the less money you’ll get. It hurts to sell a $400 tablet for $200 because you absolutely need the money. Believe me, I know.
6.) Meet publically and not at your home.
When I organize a meeting, I always suggest a nearby Starbucks. I choose that location because they allow customers (buy a cup of coffee) to sit for an hour or two without a problem, they have locations all over and there are always people there. Never, never wait for someone in the car.
Why Bother with eBay?
With Craigslist there’s no wait for Paypal to clear, no problems with shipping, no need to share credit card or bank account info and no fees to deal with. Best of all, there’s a market for things that wouldn’t sell on eBay because of shipping issues.
With all that in mind, what’s the point of eBay anymore?