How To: Write a Craigslist Ad

How To: Write a Craigslist Ad

Jan 3, 2008

Another year, another purge. While preparing our home for holiday guests, we amassed a large group of unnecessary furniture. Some things we've already donated but we're holding onto a few items that should, in theory, earn us some cash. Being a frequent lurker/shopper on Craigslist, we're now trying our hand at selling. Jump down for our surefire tips for resale success.

Say Cheese! A photograph of the item for sale is paramount! Many potential customers won't even look at an ad that doesn't include a photo. The picture doesn't have to be award-winning but it should be focused. No one wants to buy a couch covered in laundry and cats.

Describe, describe, describe. The title of the ad should include the type of furniture, brand name (if applicable), and price. The body of your ad should always include dimensions, material, color, and mention of any flaws. Other than that, try to be witty (but not long-winded). Most importantly, be honest.

Be negotiable. Understand that the good folks on Craigslist are going to try to talk you down on price. If your main goal is to get the furniture out of your house, price it fairly and tag OBO (or best offer) onto the description.

Clear your calendar. There is nothing more frustrating than finding the perfect Craigslist item and then not being able to meet up with the seller. Don't post your ad right before a weekend trip to Vegas and don't make an email address your sole method of contact if you don't have a computer. Post your ad a day or two before you have plenty of free time. You want to stay open to meet with all the customers that will, since you followed these guidelines, come beating down your door.

What are your Craigslist rules?

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