We’ve all probably sold things on Craigslist at one point or another. At times, I had issues getting my products sold. Here are a few tips I’ve developed that have helped me improve my Craigslist selling skills. Hopefully you’ll find them just as helpful as I did!
Take Really Good Photographs
Nothing will be a bigger red flag than having cruddy photos (or none at all!). Without good pictures, no one knows if you’re being honest. Taking several clear, well-lit photos that highlight the relative size and features of the product you’re selling will help draw in potential buyers.
Include a Good Description
Include as much detail as possible, but still be concise. You don’t want to have to go back and forth with a million emails from your buyers. You want to answer as many questions as possible in the ad itself. Including the dimensions of the product is very helpful. Remember proper grammar and spelling, too! Keep it professional sounding.
Cluster Small Items Together
If you have smaller items, especially media like books, movies, and video games, this can be hard to sell individually. No one wants to set up a meeting with someone they met online to buy a DVD for $1. Clustering items that appeal to similar tastes (a box of sci-fi books, a bunch of comedy movies) and selling them as a unit can get your products sold easier and for higher prices than at a used bookstore.
Set a Good Price
Prepare for the reality that most people will try to haggle the price down. For this reason, I recommend adding 10-20% more than you would prefer to sell the product for so when they ask for a lower price you can do so and still get what you originally wanted. Don’t feel guilty doing this- you are protecting yourself from getting ripped off. Remember your products are still used, though, so you can’t sell them for outlandish prices, either. And if anybody gives you a bad offer, don’t be afraid to tell them “no,” because someone else is likely to give you a better one in time.
Beware of Scammers
Unfortunately, Craigslist is crawling with scammers! Sometimes when I’ve sold products, the MAJORITY of the responses I’ve gotten have been scams. There are “people” (probably just robotic programs) that respond to your ad with very generic messages and then ask if they can pay via wire transfer or cashier’s check. Don’t respond to these messages and take CASH ONLY. If they offering some other payment method it likely won’t go through. For higher priced items, require a bill of sale.
Pick the Right Time of Day to Post
On Craigslist, the people who have posted most recently have a huge advantage over those who have posted in the past because the site will list everything from newest to oldest by default. Within 20 or 30 minutes your ad might get buried into the nether regions of Craigslist. Your prime time to get interested buyers is right when you post the ad, so pick a good time in the evening or on the weekend when it will reach the most eyeballs. If your ad has been up for a while, delete and repost it so it will get knocked back to the top.