Craigslist has rapidly become one of the top go-to websites for people looking to sell their unwanted items and for buyers who are looking to purchase many of those same items. Anyone who owns a computer and has access to the internet can make some extra money quickly and easily. Spending a few minutes learning the basics of how Craigslist works will help you hit the ground running when you begin to list items for sale.
The easiest way to get started with this is to begin by selling a few unwanted or surplus items
that you already own. This will enable you to get some extra cash flowing quickly, and will also give you a good understanding of how the process of selling on Craigslist works. Items such as old jewelry, unwanted furniture and children's toys and clothing seem to sell well, and are a good place to start.
First you will need to go to the Craigslist website and create a new account. Once you have entered some basic information such as your e-mail address, you will be ready to jump right in and begin listing items for sale.
You'll want to write a clear, detailed title for your item so that people who are searching for your items will be able to find your ad as easily as possible. Include the main keywords of what you are selling such as 'Lot Of Old Baseball Cards', so that you will draw the attention of potential buyers.
Next, write a detailed description of your item, being as thorough as you can. By being as upfront as possible when creating your description, you will avoid any possible confusion later on. If the item has any noticeable flaws you will want to go ahead and list those in the description. On the other hand, if you are selling an item that you believe to be in above average, excellent or in like-new condition, you will want to accentuate those qualities, as to draw the most buyer interest.
Using the example title of 'Lot Of Old Baseball Cards' above, if the cards are in mint or near-mint condition, you will want to use that as a selling point in both the ad title and description. A suitable headline might then read: 'Near-Mint Lot Of Vintage Baseball Cards'.
At this point, if possible you should include a photo or photos of the item(s) that you are listing for sale. This is always recommended as it will increase buyer interest and better communicate the overall condition of what you are selling. If you are just starting out and don't own a digital camera, it may be best to try and borrow one from a friend or relative or purchase a disposable digital camera. If you begin to do a great deal of selling online it will eventually be best to purchase a digital camera of your own.
Next, you will choose the proper category to list your item for sale. This is an important step, as there are thousands of items listed for sale every and keeping your items properly categorized is essential to getting yourself matched up with a potential buyer.
You will then need to determine a reasonable asking price. Try and keep your price as low as possible while still making the sale of the item worth your while. Remember that while you do not want to give away a useful or valueable item for next to nothing, there is usually heavy competition from other sellers and most buyers on Craiglist are searching for a deal.
Determine if your items are going to be available for pickup only or if you will be willing to deliver the items to the buyer. These are details that should be made clear in your listing.
Remember that providing good communication is important and making yourself available to answer any potential questions regarding your item that may come along will go a long way in establishing you as a reputable Craigslist seller!