How to Make Money Craigslist
Making money selling or re-selling things on craigslist can generate a lucrative income if you do your homework first! You would
be hard pressed to sell any item at all, that was not listed in the
right price range though. The price or deal is what most people are going to look at first. But this is not the only selling point to get your items sold on Craigslist. There are quite a few other rules of the sale you must follow in order to get items moving and marked as SOLD!
How to Sell on Craigslist
- Create an Account – Just follow the steps, need a valid email. There is a “My Account” option in the top left corner of Craigslist.com in order to create a new account. Once you crate your account, sign into this account…
- Creating a new post – From the craigslist Home screen located at craigslist.com you will want to select where you reside (live), not your personal address but your general area of planet Earth ex. Memphis, Tennessee. To create a new post click on the “Post to Classified” link located on the top left-hand side of the screen. Then you will choose what category your item belongs in, sometimes your item may be able to be placed in multiple categories. It is okay to add your item to as many categories as it may fall under, but each category will need an additional new post created.
- The Title of your post – This will be the FIRST thing a buyer would see after searching for a particular item. If you are selling a car, you wouldn’t want to just put a title of “car for sale” that wont catch many peoples eye. If it’s not the prettiest car but run’s good, you could always put “Dependable 2003 Toyota Camry” or just “2003 Toyota Camry” or even “New Posting 2003 Toyota Camry 4 SALE.” They key here is to catch the buyers eye. Know what you have to sell before posting it, do your homework on the item.
- Photo of the item – What better way to catch the buyers attention then with a good photo of whatever you may be selling. No, this does not mean just snap some pic’s of the item and post them “especially if it is a higher dollar item.” You want to entice them to take a better look! Clean the item up before taking a picture, yes this means break out a rag and soap if need be. Try to have something colorful in the back ground that will contrast the image and make it show up in a photo better. This is easier to do with smaller items, larger items such as car’s can make this tactic a bit trickier but it can still be done. Take several photos of varied angles, after all you are already there taking pictures, so take a few more. Make sure there is good lighting, lighting can make a huge difference on how something looks in a photo, play around with it some.
- Item Description – In the description portion of the advertisement, I always feel like more is better. Write more than you should, after all they are going to see the item in person before handing over one red cent. Don’t mislead someone to the point they drive out to see that “White 2003 Toyota Camry” you posted for sale and it looks nothing like it did in the photos, or it is a different model/make in general. This will do nothing but upset people for wasting time and gas, and you will quickly become known as a Scammer within the Craigslist community. Not good for business! So be specific about what your item is, the positives and negatives about the item, worst case scenario you could always drop the price, you should be asking above value a little anyway in order for them to talk you down.
- Price – Over pricing an item by to much will be the quickest way to get you zero responses from your ad on Craigslist. Most people buying and selling here know a great deal of the market value of items, and you want to get at least some bites on your item that your selling. You can post a little high and follow it up with or Best offer (OBO), this can hide the fact that you are not sure on the true worth or help you when trying to turn a profit on a resale item. Google can be your friend when setting the price of an item, do a little research and mark your item accordingly. There are many avenues that you could pursue in order to find a listing of an item. If you are selling used car parts? Check local junkyard pricing. Selling new car parts? check retail chain prices. You get the point, look the item up on the web, it wont take very much time and will help you get the item sold.
- Location – This will be the area in which you are located, and is asked by Craigslist in order to attract potential buyers from your immediate area. Odds are you are not going to sell that old truck worth $500.00 bucks if you live in Texas and the buyer is in Australia. Make sense? if you live in Texas, advertise in Texas. Better yet your specific area of Texas such as Houston Texas.
- Contacting you – Reply to – You will need to figure out what the best way for a seller to contact you is. What method you prefer and most important, what method makes you feel safest. You can select to be anonymous when receiving emails, this will allow Craigslist to act as the middle man so to speak. The buyer will contact you but are never given your contact details until you are ready, instead they send an email it goes to Craigslist and then craigslist sends you the message all with craigslist email details and not yours or theirs unless written in the body of the email. You can however, post your personal email if you are comfortable with that, or even mobile number to receive texts from potential buyers. It’s all going to be according to your own comfort level.
- The Ok for others to contact you box – This is the equivalent of asking; Is it okay if we allow people to spam you by email or text message. I have not once, when selling anything on Craigslist had a single instance when I thought it would be a good idea to check this box. Not sure what would be a good instance, but my advice for now would be NEVER check this box.
Safety Tip’s when selling items on Craigslist
- Meet the person in a public place, a public place that has other people around other then just the two people meeting from Craigslist. (You don’t want to wake up missing a Kidney)
- Do not invite someone to your home and do not go to their home either.
- Be cautious when buying or selling high valued items (Not only for the item being fake or fraudulent, but also so you don’t get robed of the high valued item or the cash you may be carrying to purchase such an item)
- Use the Buddy system (It’s better to have a second person and not need them to not have them and need them) See above bullet point for a perfect example of why.
- Take your cell phone with you, not only to check for a model number of an item but to call the police if need be.
- If you must meet another Craigslist buyer or seller alone, let people know where you will be meeting them (meet someplace that has cameras around, and try to be within view of those cameras)
- Do not ever pay someone upfront or over Western Union. Try to deal with local people when at all possible.
- Accept Payment in the form of CASH ONLY!
- Make meetings during Daylight Hours, if they can’t meet during the daytime wait till the weekend or don’t deal with them.
- Don’t give out your First and Last name; Over email, Text or in person. Especially if you have a high dollar item that could be stolen from your home.
Millions of items and large sums of cash exchange hands through Craigslist user’s each and every year, but there are those cases when something bad happens. Remember to use your instincts, know your surroundings, be cautious and most important use common sense and you should not have any issues. If a deal is too good to be true, it probably is. Can’t help to see for yourself? use the tips provided here.
Just remember it’s better to be Safe than to be Sorry!
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