02 Aug 2017   /   0 comments

How to Sell on Craigslist

Paul

pexels-photo-534204If you have some old items laying around your home, maybe you’ve been thinking about selling them instead of throwing them out. Garage sales may not be as popular as they used to be, so maybe you weren’t successful at your last one. With online websites, people can find exactly what they’re looking for without having to travel to different homes looking for sales. If you’ve thought about the accessibility of the web when it comes to selling things, then you’ve probably wondered how to sell on Craigslist.

TFC Title Loans knows that life can sometimes call for desperate measures. You’re facing a financial dilemma and you’re trying pay for all the bills. TFC Title Loans has been helping customers get quick cash since 1994, so we want to help you sell some of your items just laying around. Here’s how you can sell on Craigslist.

Plan & Research

Before you post your item, you want to compare it to the others that are posted. The likelihood that some else is selling the same product as you is pretty high. Find the highest and lowest prices, and also look at all the descriptions. Figure out what the best price and the best description are.

Craigslist is a competitive market which means the more information you have about your product the more business you’ll get. When you do your research, you’ll be able to see the competition you’re up against.

Here are some steps to follow unless you’re selling an antique:

  1. Look up the price of the item on the company’s website if it’s still sold

  2. Find the different prices offered on Craigslist and Ebay

Price it

Compare the quality of the item that others are offering and the price they’re trying to sell it. If you have a lot of problems with your item compared to more being sold, you’ll have to choose the lower end of prices unless it’s almost new, and then you can go higher.

Decide if you’re going with a firm price or “best offer”. With a firm price, you may not attract a lot of traffic but you are going to get someone that sees it as a good deal and gets it. With the “best offer” you could get a lot of options, but you need to know when you’re negotiating too low.

Pictures

You don’t want to overwhelm people with pictures but you want them to see enough to make a good judgment. One picture should be the entirety of the item, and 3 others should be any key features or damages that it has. When taking a picture, you should:

  1. Clean it. If it’s dirty from use, give it a wash. You wouldn’t want to buy a dirty, used car.

  2. Include a picture of the accessories. You want the potential buyers to see what else it comes with.

  3. Make sure there’s a good background. Pick a contrasting color from the items color because it will make it stand out.

  4. You want the best lighting. Natural sunlight or somewhere in your house with good sun exposure is the best. With dim lighting, it can alter the item and make the quality appear worse than it is.

  5. Take as many shots as you can. Once you go to pick the pictures, you have options and enough angles to choose from.

Clear Headline

This is the first thing a buyer will see. You don’t want to confuse them, but you want to be straightforward. Try to include as many keywords that you think would cause your item to pop up when someone is searching. Don’t include the price in the title because they’ll be able to see it when the results show.

Good Description

Your description is your chance to fluff your item. You can highlight the goods and instill trust by telling the buyers there may be some damages. It appears before the photos, so they’ll have an image in their head when they get to the pictures. Make sure to describe the following:

  1. What you’re selling

  2. Item’s condition: be honest about the wear and tears. If it’s seen better days, be honest.

  3. Mention the technical specs, which you can find on the manufacturer’s website if you don’t really know what it “technologically” does.

  4. Do a price check. Post what the prices are in store or online.

  5. Put in your contact information that you want them to have. Whether it’ll be your phone number or email, that’s entirely up to your own privacy level.

Bring a Buddy

When it is time to exchange the item, make sure you meet at a public place and you’ve got a friend with you. Craigslist can be a little nerve wracking in that aspect, but then you don’t need to pay shipping for those big items. As long as you are taking precautions by being in public or bringing people with you, then there isn’t anything to worry about.

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