Are You a Craigslist Flake? Buying & Selling Etiquette Tips

I consider myself a bit of a Craigslist expert: having moved four times in the last five years, I've basically revamped my home almost entirely via Craigslist. So I know there's nothing more frustrating than flaky responders and no-shows. In fact, this just happened to me again last night: a woman (here's looking at you, "Cassandra") told me she'd be at my apartment at 7 pm to buy a wallhanging I had listed for sale... and she never showed. I had a bunch of errands to run last night, too, which I had to postpone because I was waiting around for someone who didn't have the courtesy to tell me she'd changed her mind.

Whether you're buying or selling things on Craigslist, it pays to be nice. And polite. And professional. If you want your ad to stick out, write it well and put up great pictures. If you really want to buy something before someone else gets it, write a clear and persuasive email, give them a precise time you can be there, and SHOW UP.

Here's a roundup of Apartment Therapy's best posts on the topic:

Craigslist Buying and Selling Etiquette
How To Write a Craigslist Ad
How To Sell Your Stuff on Craigslist Through Photos
How To Get it Sold on Craigslist
Tips on Selling Your Furniture on Craigslist

Do you have any tried and true tips for buying and selling on Craigslist? Tell us below!

(Image: Via Apartment Therapy. Originally published 2010-09-15)

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