Thursday, June 16, 2011
How to... CraigsList
Selling on CraigsList is extremely easy, FREE and safe if done correctly. It's no different that selling in a local trade publication or the classifieds of a newspaper. I've sold a few things here and there on the site. In fact, my goal is to eventually sell at least 1 item per day instead of a few a week.
Safety is rule #1 and everyone that I've sold something to are happy to meet in a public place to conduct the transaction. It's usually a gas station parking lot close to my house. It keeps us both safe and we just stay off to the side. Make the money and merchandise exchange then either chit chat for a minute or just go our merry way. It's quite simple.
One thing that I have noticed is that most people do not include a phone number in their listings on the site. They choose the email option instead. Now, my personal experience is put the freakin' number up so a buyer can contact you RIGHT NOW to schedule pick up or viewing of the item. It makes the transaction go faster and I don't have to dick around waiting for someone to email me back. If they want to buy it, they want to buy it now. Giving them time via email gives them time to change their mind or find another one from someone else... like me... that is available for immediate contact.
So, next time you have something that you are wanting to unload and are contemplating selling it on CraigsList, go for it! Just don't let them come to your house, always meet in a public place and include your cell number so they can get in contact with you right then before they change their mind!
Or you could just call me. If the price is right and I can resell it to make a few bennies, I just might buy it from you. LOL!