Since the advent of eBay, it’s obvious that people will buy anything. With that comes a whole group of people who are willing to sell anything. Craigslist is a great tool because everything is local and you don’t have to worry about shipping. It’s like a huge awesome garage sale! Here are some tips I found in Real Simple magazine and some of my own to have better success on Craigslist.
8 Try other search terms, like “cocktail table” for “coffee table,” and misspellings like “Potery Barn”.
8 Beware of grand descriptions. An “Eames style” chair may mean “made of wire by a guy in his den”
8 Be sure photos show the entire object. You can request more images but don’t expect much.
8 Type in “curb alert”: Many people will tell you when and where they’re unloading stuff for fee.
8 Don’t feel pressured. If you drive to the seller’s location and the item isn’t what you thought it was, you can walk away.
8 While you shouldn’t feel pressured, you should be ready to pay and haul away on the spot. Most posters want to be rid of their stuff quickly. Just because you show up with cash, doesn’t mean they’ll hold it for you until you can arrange transport.
8 While you are usually responsible for picking up your pieces, some sellers will drop off items for a fee.
8 Name your price. You might be able to get an even better deal just because someone wants to be rid of it.
8 Arrange payment in advance. Some sellers will take a check but don’t count on it. It’s best to arrive with cash and exact change.
8 Some people sell unwanted gift cards. Be sure you verify the balance before you buy it.
Fun idea: A friend of a friend had a Craigslist Christmas party. She’s really into simplicity: reducing and reusing. She thought it would be great to have a party where no one bought a brand new item. So she told everyone to bring a gift they found on Craigslist for $20 or less. Then they traded them white elephant style. She gave a prize for the most creative and the best bargain.
You can buy anything from a crystal candy dish to a used car on Craigslist, which posts 30 million classified ads each month and covers all 50 states and most major metropolitan areas. Find your treasure at www.craigslist.com.