As we are preparing our move to greener pastures, we’ve been cleaning out big time here in the Frugality Is Free family. Over the years, we’ve been both buying and selling on Craigslist, and at this point we have the Craigslist selling down. We are planning on having one or two yard sales before our move, but first we try selling on Craigslist, because we can get a better price than at a yard sale.
Now, before we start selling I always keep in mind how badly I want to get rid of something. By this I mean that if I price to sell, my items will be out of the door faster. I’m not going to give things away, because we need the money, but I would rather sell a whole lot of things to one person and get it out of the house than having to make 10 different appointments. Plus, if I sell it at low price, I also feel that I’m helping someone out in our community who might not be able to buy new or even pay thrift store prices.
Take a look at our Craigslist tips below, and please feel free to add any of your own tips on how to post to Craigslist.
How To Sell On Craigslist:
- Post Good Images: Images sell at Craigslist, because people want to see what they’re selling before they set up an appointment and drive to pick up. It can be as easy as spreading a sheet out over the couch, spreading out the clothes, and perhaps even taking individual photos of certain things such as shoes.
- Price To Sell: I don’t want to email back and forth about the price. I want to set a reasonable price, an get my house decluttered. I always think about what the items could sell for at a yard sale, and then I add a little extra to it. $0.50 – $1 for clothes, $1 – $3 per shoes, etc. Prices vary from area to area, so check out your competition on Craigslist and price similarly.
- Details: Include details. Think like a buyer, and consider what you would like to see, if you were looking to buy. When it comes to clothes, I usually include brand and size description for each item, and it makes for a much faster sell.
- Bundle: The less transactions I have to make, the less people I have to deal with, and the less time it takes up. Instead of selling kids books at $0.25 – 0.50 at a yard sale and perhaps selling 20 books, I’d much rather sell 50 books for $10 on Craigslist. The same thing goes for clothes, take everything you have in a certain size and sell it together in a bundle.
- Try Again: Not everything sells the first time you post it, in fact most things do not. Instead of just renewing your post, you’re better off, simply copying your post into a new one, uploading the image again, and then delete your old post. I do this every 3 days or so, and usually by the third time I have a buyer. If it doesn’t sell after four posts, consider a price cut. Don’t be afraid to advertise in the post that you’ve cut the price.
- Spread Out Your Posts: If I’m selling a lot of items through different posts, I usually spread them out with an hour or two between each post to reach more buyers.
- Link Your Posts: Use the more ads by this user feature by clicking the tab right above the address section. I also add a little notice in each post, as not all users are aware of this feature. As an example, I recently added: “See the “more ads by this user” link to the right for all the boys and girls uniform separates that we’re selling.”
- Give An Instant Discount: I recently sold a bunch of kids clothes, by listing them in smaller bundles such as skirts, shorts and pants, bodysuits etc. I was selling each bundle for $5 – $10, coming to $52 total, but then I did a post including all items selling for $45. I got a couple of responses on 2 or 3 posts, but I also got 2 buyers who were interested in buying everything for $45. At a yard sale, I would have gotten $25 or so, so it was a big help selling all of it at once.
- Arrange Pick Ups: Arrange a pick up spot close to your house for the sake of safety. We usually do the handovers at a local McDonalds or gas station. Make sure the spot is in a public, well-trafficked area, and that it is close to home as you don’t want to waste gas, in case the other person doesn’t show. I also try to have my husband do the handovers as much as possible. Also, before you meet up, make sure that you exchange cell numbers, so that you can text each other if one of you are late.
- Don’t Count Your Chickens: We don’t consider anything sold unless it has been handed over and paid for. So, just because you’ve set up an arrangement for pick up, don’t start emailing other buyers “sorry it’s sold already” notes until you’ve actually gotten paid.
As an alternative to Craigslist you can try selling your brand name clothes at local consignment stores, local buy and sell Facebook groups or arrange swap parties with friends. See more of our how to make money ideas here. I usually have a yard sale every two years, where everything that doesn’t sell go in, before it gets donated. If it doesn’t sell you can also consider donating, simply give it away to friends, or donate to a charity for a tax write off. You can also donate clothes to Schoola, where you can designate a local school to get the profits, this is what we do with all clothes that do not sell.
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