Craigslist is one of the greatest sites EVER for a cheapo like me. I’m okay with used furniture and other things that can be sanitized. You can find just about anything on Craigslist. Even things you probably think you won’t/shouldn’t be able to find. Cars, furniture, clothes, shoes, appliances, jobs, even a date for tonight! (I’d avoid the date, by the way.)
I’ve sold so much stuff on CL. Cameras, guitars, photo gear, concert tickets (hehe), golf clubs, floor mats, appliances, etc. And I’m not kidding, but there is always someone who wants your old junk. I sold my previous car in less than 24 hours. I had responses within an hour of posting. Family and friends even give me items to sell and they give me a cut of it. It’s nice to get a little cash for the old stuff you don’t want anymore.
It’s also awesome to pay just a little cash for the things you need or want. A friend is having a baby and our little tag team shopping has saved her a huge chunk of money on the ridiculously expensive gear that her tot is only going to use for a few months. Our best score: A $250 crib for $35. It’s in great condition and I bought it in an expensive neighborhood. The lady just wanted to get it out of her garage quickly so she listed it insanely low. I snatched it right up.
My Tips for Craigslist Buyers & Sellers
- NEVER EVER EVER MEET ALONE. Take someone with you. An adult. A quick reflexed, strong, sharp-eyed adult. Not your 2 year old.
- Meet in a VERY public place. A busy Starbucks near a freeway is my go-to. If the other person is trying to get you to an obscure location or their home, they’re going to rob you… or worse. (This can’t be avoided when buying furniture or major appliances. In that case, best wishes and let a few people know the address where you’re going and forward any contact you’ve had to a third party, in the event of your disappearance.)
- Don’t bring your wallet with you. If you’re going to rob me, you’re only getting the amount we agreed on or the item I’m selling.
My Tips for Craigslist Buyers
- Don’t EVER ask for a gas credit because “I’m going to have to drive really far to pick it up”. Sorry dude. Don’t be looking for items that you think are too far away. Stick to your own hood. I usually don’t even reply to those requests.
- Don’t completely low ball me. I usually inflate my listing price a bit, knowing someone’s going to bargain with me. I also research the going rate or at least the ballpark rate for what I’m listing. I don’t reply to ridiculous offers.
- Don’t try to barter. I’m trying to sell my junk, not exchange it for yours.
- Don’t try to bargain once you’ve arrived at to the meeting place. I had a man agree to pay $120 for a WII in our e-mail/phone correspondence. He brought his little 4 year old with him to pick it up. He also tried to say he only had $100 on him . “Can you just take that?”. No. I can’t and I didn’t. If you want to bargain, do it before you agree to meet. His crying kid left without the WII, because his dad is a fool. (He did try to call me later that day to say he got the additional $20. I did not reply. I sold it to someone else the next day, for $100, the amount we had agreed on prior to meeting.)
- Have cash, have the exact amount, and don’t have any bills higher than a $20. I am not your bank and I do not give change. I am also not stupid. I will be using my counterfeit detector pen on all of the bills you give me.
- Be on time. The said prospective WII buyer was also about 30 minutes late. $120 was worth my time. $100 was an extra punch in the gut because I had been waiting for 30 minutes. I usually give a 15 minute window and then leave. Someone else will buy it.
My Tips for Craigslist Sellers
- Post good, clear pictures. I don’t even look at the ads that don’t include a picture. I want to see what I’m buying.
- Buy yourself a counterfeit detector pen and USE IT. It’s going to suck going to the bank and having them seize your fake $100s. Plus you gave that fool change!!!
- Tell your buyer that they must have exact cash and they must not have anything higher than a $20. You don’t want to have to pull out your wallet and you also don’t want any fakes.
- If you’re selling a car, meet at the local police station and get the potential buyer’s license and insurance card and leave it with a third party while you go with them on the test drive. Maybe even have someone follow you. This is a creepy situation, no matter how safe you try to be. Also, make sure that you print and fill out the required DMV transfer forms and send them in yourself. Do not leave it for the buyer to do. You’re liable for that car, and anything it hits, until that form gets to the DMV. Also, accompany the buyer to the bank where they’re having the cashier’s check issued and watch the teller issue it. Take it to your bank immediately. (This is the only time that cash isn’t practical)
- Be on time. Tardiness is just plain rude.
- Clean your items. I know it’s used, but I don’t want to see your food spills or grime. Just give it a quick wipe down.
- List everything that’s included and list any part that is broken or missing. It’s a waste of my time (and yours) if I show up and then you tell me it’s missing a piece. Now I don’t want it. Maybe I would have been okay with the missing piece, had I known about it before I drove here.
- Be realistic. You may have paid $50,000 for this car 20 years ago, but it’s an old piece of junk now. Yeah, you’ve kept it clean and it still runs, but it’s not worth $45,000. Do your research (eBay & craigslist are both great indicators) and price your item correctly if you actually want to make some money. Also, if you’ve had no inquiries in 7 days, you need to lower your price.