How To Sell on Craigslist and Do It Successfully

how to sell on craigslist

Have you ever wondered how to sell on Craigslist but did not know where to turn to get started?  Well you have stumbled to the right place to learn how to make a quick buck by selling on Craigslist.  We will also teach you how not to get screwed by selling on Craigslist.  If you are not familiar with Craigslist please go take a look, it is the largest and most popular classifieds in the world.  If you own a small business or have unwanted items in the garage then you have come to the right place to learn how to sell on Craigslist.

Tips on How To Sell on Craigslist Successfully

Make sure that you have a catchy phrase or heading to grab the attention of the reader.  It has been shown that a catchy phrase or heading attracts readers and will generate clicks.  Which is what you are looking for to showcase your product or service.

Attach graphics if you want to make a successful sale on Craigslist.  Let’s face it if you are purchasing a snow blower on Craigslist you want to be able to see what it looks like rather than wasting time to  contact every seller to ask for the condition of the machine.  A photo will help sell on Craigslist, because as they say a picture is worth a thousand words.  You can see for yourself the condition of the snow blower.

Keep your ad short, well composed and precise.  This is the key on how to sell on Craigslist successfully, nobody wants to waste their time reading long posts when they are looking for a snow blower.  They want to know what make and model are, how old it is, and if there are any problems with it.  They do not want to know that I really like the machine and any other irrelevant information I may provide.

Make sure in your post that you specify how the product will be delivered.  If you are selling a large product they may likely need to come to your residence to view the product.  If you are selling tickets or something you can meet in a public location to ensure your safety.

These are the tips that I have found on how to sell on Craigslist successfully and I have been employing them for several years.  Sometimes I am an impulse buyer and Craigslist has helped me with these impulses as many times I have sold what I bought shortly thereafter.  Last year I purchased a snow blower on there and sold it a week later for a 50 dollar profit.  I just wanted to try a different brand to see if it was better than the one that I had.

One of the best benefits to selling on Craigslist is that it is free to list your classified, and you can reword it and re post it as many times as you want until the product is sold.

In the end you have a product or service that someone need, and the beauty of the internet you have the largest store in the world at your finger tips.  Sign on to Google and do a quick search for the item we are selling and we can get an approximate ball park for what the item should cost.

I hope you have the same success that I have had with my guide on How To Sell on Craigslist, and if you need any questions please drop me a line.

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  1. I have sold a lot of stuff on Craigslist. I have done well, but there are always people trying to undercut you by offering a lowball. I don’t care for those people, but hey I would do it as well. You can do well if you are selling what people want and have a good price.

  2. I’ve had good luck both buying and selling on craigslist. I always take someone with me when going to somebody’s house and always make sure the bf is home when someone is coming to pick up. Don’t need to meet up craigslist killer.

  3. I tried to sell some things for my parents when they moved out of their long-time (decades!) home, but the prices they wanted to sell the items for were simply too high. Speaks to the value of pricing things right.

    As for buying, I’ve bought a few things and have had great experiences. Bought an infant pack and play/playpen for around $50, and it worked great. Could have paid $150+ for a new one, but bought a used one that was in excellent shape and got it at 1/3 retail price.

  4. Thanks for the tips. One of our winter projects is to declutter and sell and donate what we don’t need. These tips will definitely come in handy. Thanks.

  5. I just spent half of the day posting ads for stuff we want to sell on Craigslist. This is one skill we’ve wanted our kids to learn, so I asked each of them to find some things to sell and we spent the day posting them. Within an hour of posting an Roku player (Angry Birds Edition), I had three inquiries, and within three hours, I had the cash in hand for just $5 less than my asking price.

  6. Very good tips. I started selling some things I didn’t need when I started to declutter my house, and I had a lot more trouble and stress with selling than I needed to.

    Now that I’m ready to sell another few items, hopefully I can be clearer in my message and avoid some of the stress.


  7. Today, I went to the beachfront with my children. I found a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.”
    She placed the shell to her ear and screamed. There was a hermit crab inside
    and it pinched her ear. She never wants to go back! LoL I know
    this is entirely off topic but I had to tell someone!

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