Recently, we’ve gotten some new furniture and rearranged some rooms and had to get rid of old things. Though I’m all for giving to charity (Goodwill or Pet Helpers are our local pics), if I think that I can make a little cash off of something, I like to try to sell it. Also, selling it on Craigslist means that I don’t have to load it in my car and drive it anywhere- win win for me.
We had really good success with Craigslist- with some annoying things in between. Here’s what we learned:
- You will get oddball offers. I tried to keep my replies short and polite- such as, the item is already sold. For example, when I was trying to sell a pink chair:
- You will get lowball offers. Inevitably, you think your stuff is worth a lot more than other people think that your stuff is worth. While you may think, this is an awesome chair, it’s a cool shape, a trendy color, and in great condition, Craigslisters might think- there’s an old chair some stranger sat on and did who knows what for who knows how long. I don’t care what you paid for it or what a new one costs- unless your item is a true antique, it’s gone down in value. A lot. Be prepared to take much lower than you’re asking- and be prepared for people to show up with less cash than they promised when they come to get it, even if you’ve already agreed to accept lower than asking. You don’t have to accept it- just know that if you sell enough, it can, and probably will, happen.
- You will get no offers. Some items will sit and sit and sit, with no bites. If a piece is unique or expensive it doesn’t mean that no one wants it. You just have to wait for the right buyer to come along. Be patient. Repost it in different categories and with different keyword descriptions. Eventually, someone will find it.
- You will get no shows. You will have people call and say they’re coming, they’ll be there at six, they have cash, they love the piece, it’s perfect for them. They will call you and sound normal and say they’re leaving now. And you will never see them. You’ll call them a few minutes after the scheduled time. You’ll text them. They won’t answer or ever respond. And they suck. but don’t take it personally. There’s plenty more fish in the sea.
- You will make money & get rid of unwanted items. I mean, that’s the whole point, after all. If you want something gone bad enough, re-post and lower your price daily. But please, remove old listings when you repost. eventually, your item will sell, you just might end up taking a beating on the deal. We’ve had items get no hits for a week, then after reposting for $10 less gotten three calls in an hour. Be persistent, sometimes you just have to wait for the right buyer to come along.
Do you Craigslist???