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How to Sell on Craigslist

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Hello everyone. I hope that things are going well for you. Things have been interesting for me to say the least. I’ll discuss that at another time.

Today’s post is the first one in my new series called 7 Weeks of Crossposting. By now, you know that I flip items on eBay. EBay isn’t the only place where you can sell items. There are many different places where you can sell them. I have items listed on several platforms. With this being the first installment of the series, I figured that I’d start with a platform that everyone has heard of, Craigslist. You list an item on their site. If someone is interested, they’ll email you. Next, you agree on a price, find a place to meet, and exchange the item. With Craigslist nothing is shipped.

In this post, I’ll be going over how to sell on Craigslist. If you’re not using that platform, you should start today. Let’s start out with a few reasons you should be on there.

Free

Craigslist is a free online marketplace. With many of the online platforms out there, you have to pay some kind of listing fee or final value fee. With Craigslist being free, that’s a big deal. It allows you to make more money.

No Limit

As far as I know, there’s no limit on how many items you can list there. I currently have 24 items listed. At one point, I had over 40. I will say that when it comes to crossposting, I don’t list every item on every site. I only list certain things. I have over 240 things in my eBay store. That would take me a few days to post all of them on Craigslist. Also, when you start selling, you know that some items only sell on some platforms. What sells on eBay, may not always sell on Craigslist. As you sell more items, you’ll get better at understanding what to sell on each platform.

Large Items

Another thing that I like when it comes to selling on Craigslist is that it’s arguably the best platform to sell large items. Since you meet with your potential buyer in person, there are no shipping fees to worry about. When it comes to large items, that is huge. Some of the larger items that I’ve sold on Craigslist are a car, a mini-refrigerator, and a set of drinking glasses. For me, Craigslist is my number one choice when it comes to selling bigger items.

Traffic

According to the Alexa traffic rankings, Craigslist is ranked number 161. That means the site gets a lot of traffic. Now granted, everyone isn’t on Craigslist to buy things, but a lot of people are. Posting some of your items on the site gives them a chance to be seen by more potential buyers. That eventually will mean more money.

Here are some other things to know if you are wondering how to sell on Craigslist.

When someone is interested in an item online, they will contact you. The default setting is email. In your listing, you can update the contact info and let people know if it’s ok for you to call or text you. I initially communicate back and forth via email. Once I know that the buyer is serious, I then send them my number. I don’t give out my number earlier because I don’t want strangers playing on my phone.

If you can, accept cash for your transactions. I receive cash for about 95% of my transactions. For the others, I’ve been paid via PayPal or Cash App. As we become more cashless as a society, I’ll probably get more PayPal and Cash app transactions. If someone offers to pay with a money order or cashier’s check, decline the transaction. That’s one of the oldest scams in the book. Unfortunately, money orders and cashier checks can be counterfeited pretty easily. For, the average person, it may hard to tell if the check is real or fake. Before you get scammed, tell your potential buyer that you don’t accept money orders. The only time that I’d accept a cashier’s check is if I go to the bank with the buyer and see the transaction happen with my own eyes.

Next, I’m going to show you how to list an item.

The first thing that you need to do is create an account. It’s free and it takes less than five minutes to do so.

Once your account is made, go to create a posting.

Choose the location that fits. That means to choose the nearest city to you.

The next page is going to ask you what type of posting you’re doing. You’re going to click on the one that says for sale by owner.

You’ll then see a line that says please choose a category. There are several to choose from. In a lot of cases, I just choose “general for sale”

On the next page, you add the title, price, zip code, and description. Here’s an example of a listing that I’ve done. I copied everything from the eBay listing.

You also have the chance to update the contact and location info. I leave both of those sections blank.

The next page shows you the zip code area.

Now it’s time to add photos. With each listing on Craigslist, you can add up to 24 images. Make sure they are nice and clear.

Now it’s time to review the listing. If everything looks good (spelling, grammar), publish it. Once the item is live, people will have the chance to contact you and buy it.

Be Honest

When you’re selling on Craigslist, be honest. If it’s old or has something wrong with it, include that info in the listing. If someone really wants your item, they’ll still buy it.

Meet in Safe Place

When you are meeting with someone, always choose a safe location. I typically meet people in store parking lots or police store locations. I know that some people allow the buyers to come to their homes to pick up items especially if they are large. If you decide to do this, make sure someone is home with you. You always want to be safe when you’re selling on Craigslist.

Trust Your Gut

Finally, trust your gut. If you’re communicating with a potential buyer and something seems off, just stop communicating. There are scammers and people that are up to no good out there. If your gut is telling you to ignore a buyer’s message, do it,

As you can see it’s not that hard if you want to sell on Craigslist. Follow the above steps and you can have your first item live in no time.

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One Comment

  1. I never took selling anything on craigslist seriously because I always thought that if you’re trying to sell something, you have to meet up in person, which is something I don’t want to do. Maybe I might look into it somewhere down the road.

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