With the economic situation being what it is, more and more people are turning to Craigslist to unload a few unnecessary items to put some money in their pockets. And if you're thinking about doing it yourself, here's a few tips that we've observed after many, many, MANY days of culling Craigslist for Scavenger posts
- Always include photos. This is, we feel, extremely crucial as it will draw people to actually see your furniture in person and offer serious bids. Including measurements is a good idea.
- Use proper grammar and spelling. For ad titles that read like a 16-year-old texted it to their BFF ("Gurlz, Check Out Mah Supah Hawt Sofaz!! Ca$h only, plz!"), we automatically skip over because it sounds unprofessional.
- Provide detailed and honest descriptions. Serious buys appreciate this level of honesty, and are more likely to feel safe working with you.
- Do your homework. if you're trying to sell a vintage mid-century lounge chair made by Plycraft, make sure you don't mislabel it as an authentic Eames lounge chair. The potential buyers who are looking for that style of chair know the difference.
- Take your ad down after it sells. Don't alter the original ad, and make sure to email the people who have emailed you about the piece and let them know that it's been sold.
So what happens if you have to post your ad more than three or four times? It could be time to lower the price, posting a better photo ("Don’t put the sofa on the front lawn for the picture. That is so ghetto, and who knows how long it’s been sitting there?"), or even consider pawning it off to your co-workers or family members.
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