Get it Sold on Craigslist

Get it Sold on Craigslist

Lindsey Roberts
Sep 29, 2009

How many times have you clicked on a Craigslist ad to see an item and seen this instead?: "Camera broken, promise good quality?" Maybe you should send that person these Craigslist Rules to get it sold, something we drummed up while covering Scavenger for a week...

1 Take good pictures. That means, take it outside and photograph in the grass away from house clutter. And daylight is better than lamp light.

2 Show multiple pictures. If we can't quite see the item online, we might not want to see it in person.

3 Don't show the picture of the item from the store's Web site where you got it. We want to make sure it hasn't been painted or scratched.

4 Don't overprice. Search Craigslist to see what similar items are selling for. (We have done this before. It's hard to sell an overpriced, reused Billy bookcase.)

5 Describe in detail so the buyer trusts you.

6 Write, "Love it but don't have room anymore!" That always gets us to take a closer look.

7 If you really want to sell that item fast, offer to deliver, even for a little extra cash. We bought a dresser from a guy because he said he'd deliver &mdash and we had no way to transport, short of renting a U-Haul &mdash and paid him $20 extra for his time and gas. If he hadn't offered, we would probably still have piles of clothes on the floor.

What other rules would you add?

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