Feb 112016

Craigslist Selling Tips

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.


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:

  1. 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.
  2. Price To Sell: We don’t want to email back and forth about the price. We always think about what the items could sell for at a yard sale, and then we 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.
  3. 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, we usually include brand and size description for each item, and it makes for a much faster sell.
  4. Bundle: The less transactions I have to make, the less people we 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, We’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.
  5. 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. We do this every 3 days or so, and usually by the third time we 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.
  6. Spread Out Your Posts: If we’re selling a lot of items through different posts, we usually spread them out with an hour or two between each post to reach more buyers.
  7. Link Your Posts: Use the more ads by this user feature by clicking the tab right above the address section. We also add a little notice in each post, as not all users are aware of this feature. As an example, we 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.”
  8. Give An Instant Discount: We recently sold a bunch of kids clothes, by listing them in smaller bundles such as skirts, shorts and pants, bodysuits etc. we were selling each bundle for $5 – $10, coming to $52 total, but then we did a post including all items selling for $45. We got a couple of responses on 2 or 3 posts, but we also got 2 buyers who were interested in buying everything for $45. At a yard sale,we would have gotten $25 or so, so it was a big help selling all of it at once.
  9. 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.
  10. 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. We 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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  7 Responses to “How To Sell on Craigslist – Ten Tips To Make Money By Decluttering”

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  3. Thanks for this post. I have thought about using Craigslist but wasn’t quite sure how to go about it. Now, I may give it a try.

  4. On Craigslist, you can always come down in price, don’t be afraid to haggle. Make sure your photos are clear, in focus, and you list your address, phone number, or email. No info means no sale. If you do hold an item, take down names and phone numbers of other interested parties, as an option if the buyer changes their mind. Hubby always puts down obro, Or Best Reasonable Offer.

  5. Great post! I’ve sold and bought off of Craigslist several times and have gotten some great deals! I always take my husband with me for drop off and pick up for safety!

  6. I have never sold on craigslist so this is a great bunch of tips. I have thought lot about it, but been hesitant. I would always have hubby do it for sure.
    Hubby has bought from Craigslist once for a car part.

    BTW to the poster up there trying to give a dog away………… please dont do that. Rehome it yourself. There are some horrible things that happen when you give a living breathing soul away for nothing, I crosspost for animals and have heard horrific things. Just . do . not. do. that.

  7. These are good tips for selling on Craigslist. I never buy or sell there.

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