How To Increase Your Earnings on Craigslist

How To Increase Your Earnings on Craigslist

Meg Lewis
Sep 21, 2010

Each time I move I like to swap out some of my furniture to freshen up my new space. It's nice to have new-to-you furniture even if it isn't quite "new". During this move, I've learned a lot about how to maximize my profits through Craigslist and have even gotten more cash for an item than I originally spent. Read on for some great tips on how to get the most out of selling your furniture.

Take great photos: This is absolutely the most important piece of advice I can offer. Recently I bought the chairs pictured above on Craigslist. The ad was for three chairs for only $40 total. The ad I saw had some horribly lit photos that barely showed the chairs off. I quickly snagged the chairs, kept one, and retook photos of the other two. I made sure to use a lot of natural light and took a wide variety of shots to help the viewer understand what he/she was looking at. By simply taking great photos, I easily sold the two chairs for $60 on Craigslist.

Make it easy for the buyer: Give thorough information about the piece being sold. Include dimensions, descriptions, and make sure to tell them what you love about the item. Give them plenty of contact information (if you feel safe) and allow an option for delivery (this is particularly important if you live in the city). Also, provide outside links that help supplement your post. This can consist of anything from the original product link on IKEA's website or a link to a Flickr page showing more photos of the item.

Be patient: I always leave plenty of time for my item to sell — this way I don't end up selling it for way less in a desperate plea to get it out of my apartment. I always start off giving the item a higher price than I expect to receive. If it sells, it's a lucky jackpot! If you don't receive any replies within 5-7 days, lower your asking price slowly.

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Image: Meg Lewis

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