Thursday, May 3, 2018

Using Craigslist

As many of you know, I have had things recently posted on Craigslist.
I sold a dresser that I picked up for free and painted...
I also sold a large mulberry that had rooted into the ground...
And....I before all that sold a chair I had redone...
to which the very enthusiastic buyer that bought the chair actually sent me a picture of it in her house!!
I also sold a bay tree, still in its pot and rooted to the ground ...
That was all in a period of a week and a half.
Now, you're asking how did I sell the plants.... Well, the mulberry is a fairly expensive tree in the stores and mine was espaliered (by me) and was 8 years old. Those would go for so much! But because I knew it was rooted and it would be hard to get out (it took him an hour to dig and chop), I priced it fairly low....
You see, I think people forget the premise. It isn't about "making money" to sell on Craigslist..
it's about getting something OUT....
When you and I are cleaning out, that means...OUT
So, price it fairly at garage sale price...not what you paid but at the "used" price.
The chair was sold too low I know now...but she gave it an incredible home!
The Mulberry was less than I paid but he had to dig it out and quite possibly might not make it(though he seemed fairly certain he could keep it alive) and paid me full asking.
The dresser cost me paint and some shelf paper...so it wasn't entirely free....but it too made the new owner so incredibly happy that she almost cried.
The same was true of the bay tree...the new owner was so happy with it...
There are some not nice people in the world...but the last week and half I have met a wide variety of people that were all  kind and even sweet.
Craigslist is all about getting rid of what you no longer want...for whatever reason...that may still useable by someone else....
It isn't about making money...though extra jingle in your pocket is nice...
You can't say well I bought it for $$$ so that's what it worth....
No, actually, it isn't. It is a used item. Therefore it is no longer worth as much.
Study your "market" by comparing others and prices in new....then set your price. If it doesn't sell within a few days...reduce and keep reducing.

If you listed...you have a plan to move on to something else....so do it...move on and realize that your old treasure will be someone else's new treasure!

In the meantime...have fun...and remember what it's like to be the customer!

Oh, and if someone wants to only pay with a cashiers check...its a scam....
If they give you the run around etc...don't go for it.
The rules are simple....they come to you and pay cash only and take it home. Simple. No exceptions.

Hope that helps....
Nancy

2 comments:

NanaDiana said...

GREAT info, Nancy. I have never sold on Craig's list but I know that I need to get rid of a ton of stuff in the future. I am glad you told me about the Cashier's check. I would have thought that was the same as cash.

Good for you for purging. In a few weeks, I am going to be more heavily into doing that soon. xo Diana

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