Recently we have been in the market for a new car and decided to check out Craigslist to see what we could find first. Sometimes searching other options instead of heading straight for the dealership, not only allows you to see what the going price is, the quality available but what seems to sell best in other places, besides the dealer.
After many, many hours of searching, calling, texting and visiting local people to see their vehicles, I quickly became frustrated with “things” that could have easily been avoided! If you plan to sell items on Craigslist or Facebook groups, here are a few tips that can help you sell your item quickly and for the right price- without the frustration for all parties involved!
First have a detailed description of the item you are selling! You honestly would not believe the amount of ads that we would pulled up that would just simply say…. 2010 Dodge Van– $12,000 call Ed at 555-5555. Seriously, there were ads just like this! I will not call you, email you or text you to waste my time of back and for with questions of what it looks like, how many miles, any work needed, color, etc- this should all be listed in the ad. You don’t need to go into great detail as to actual specs from the manufacturer, but be honest and share what you know about the item.
Pictures, Pictures, Pictures! Show quality pictures of the inside, outside, any damage, any great features, etc of the item- none or one image will not get you the quick response you may want! This will also make potential buyers feel that they know what they are getting into before they call or email you, therefore making them feel more comfortable and that your item is what they want! Makes you seem honest and that you are not trying to scam the buyer. Take 5-7 quality images of the item you are selling from many different angles with a quality camera.
Do your research when pricing your item. I know there are many factors that go into your listing price, you may need to pay off debt, wanna take a vacation or just want to make a lot of money on it! But what you want to make off a item and what it is really worth maybe two totally different prices! There are many places out there to check prices of vehicles, priceless heirlooms and kids toys around the house. Check Kelly Blue Book for vehicles or ebay for used items- this will give you an idea of what others are selling their items for and if you can really get what you want out of yours!
Don’t list your home address, meet in a public place and take someone with you! This is not only for your safety but for the other party as well. Never invite a stranger to your home to check out anything that you would be selling or buying just for the mere fact you don’t know their true intentions. There are people out there that are looking for people that are vulnerable, they are looking for clues to come back and rob your home later. Do you have a dog, do you live alone, etc these are all things they will be looking for when they visit your home. Just don’t take that chance, especially if you have children. Not all people are bad, but to be on the safe side, find a local Target or grocery store to meet at!
If you want someone to contact you, you must add your contact information to the ad if you are not going to reply to the automated email! I had several ads that I had no other contact information other than the Craigslist email and after several attempts received no response! If you want to sell your item, list additional contact information or answer the emails!
Staying honest with your ad is probably the most important task for me, to be the most successful when selling your items! I seen an ad that stated a vehicle had 50,000 miles on their van, only to arrive and test drive the van to find out there was really 88,000 miles. When I asked why the ad stated less mileage, I was told they forgot how many miles were on the van when they placed the ad so they guessed! If it would have been just a few miles or even a few hundred miles difference, I would not have said a word! But 38,000 miles difference is huge- too big of a difference for us when we were not looking for a vehicle with that many miles. So you wasted my time and yours and you thought that your dishonesty would go unnoticed- not happy! He could have really just not known and really did guess when placing the ad, but as a buyer, I don’t want you to guess, be honest!
Are there things you feel help you sell your items on Craigslist? Let me know what you do to clear out your old unwanted items!