Craigslist has been a popular site for buying and selling goods in the United States since 1995. It is one of the most widely used classifieds websites in the country, with an estimated 40% of Americans using Craigslist to buy or sell stuff online.
It’s easy to list your items on Craigslist: just post a free ad with pictures and information about what you’re selling.
The problem is that there are over 100 million posts every day on Craigslist, so it can be hard to stand out from all the other listings clogging up search results pages.
How do you make sure your listing remains visible? Here are some tricks I’ve learned from my years of experience buying and selling things online!
Research and Pricing
The first thing to do when selling anything on eBay is research. You can start by looking up the current market value for that item, what similar items have sold for in recent auctions or trades, and even how much time it might take you if there are no buyers currently bidding against each other.
This will help ensure your price point reflects reality rather than hoping too high of one person who could end up being disappointed with their purchase because they overpaid!
Choose the Right Platform
On Craigslist, not everything secondhand sells for the best price. The market may be better for your particular item if it’s furniture or other large items, like a car engine; however small pricey jewelry could command big bucks regardless of where you list them!
Check out different online selling venues to get an idea of what their rates might cost before deciding which one is right for sale in advance just so there are no surprises when they show up at my front door ready-to-go as opposed to those pesky bills from Spectrum!
I know some people prefer going through lists until every penny has been wrung dry because let’s face it who doesn’t.
Choose the Right Craigslist Markets
If you’re selling used furniture on Craigslist, it might be a good idea to post multiple iterations of your ad in surrounding areas.
Though some people only advertise locally and not nationally (or even internationally), if there is high demand for specific types or brands near them then these markets may provide incentives where others cannot compete with prices alone; eying up an item could cost less than half what another city would charge!
This strategy also works well when looking into purchasing antiques – just make sure that whatever product you buy will fit within the dimensions given by whichever seller has posted first so they’ll know how much space their old piece occupies.
Price It Right
If you’re on the hunt for some new used items, don’t ask for too much money. It’s tempting to set your asking price low and leave cash on the table or worse yet spook away potential buyers by making them wonder what’s wrong with your product before they even get close enough to look at it!
Take a hard (or soft) look at the condition of both parts AND how well this will work once put together – if its missing components then lower that range accordingly as does any other issues such clutches wear etc., but also considerable time spent fixing these things up versus just wanting something now so decide whether fair pricing should start from.
If the item is in great condition or like-new, consider pricing it at your top range. Today’s market dictates that people will not pay you $300 for an old high-end gadget; they might be more likely to offer up to $200 if given no other choice than accept this price point since there are many alternatives available with similar features out on today’s market (e..g streaming devices).
Lastly, decide whether you want to advertise firm prices only through ads deemed as “or best offers” OBO advertising allows buyers and sellers alike extra time before making final decisions about purchasing something while also providing them peace of mind knowing what others may say when asking higher bids come into play so just.
Headlines that Attract Eyeballs
The first rule of writing Craigslist headlines: be specific. Don’t just write “Couch for sale.” Make sure your headline says exactly what you have, and use keywords that might come up in a search to ensure it pops up when people look!
The example above has both couch AND sofa because those were the words used; if only one word was necessary then say so instead (e-g., ‘sofa’). Keep these things under 30 characters long–you don’t want someone scrolling through their phone listlessly without seeing anything interesting or important enough about them as is…
The Ad Itself
Ever looked at a Craigslist ad that only had one or two sentences in the description, which left you with more questions than answers?
Or have you ever read an essay as long and detailed about furniture for sale on there. The right amount of detail depends on what we’re selling–especially its complexity (and price).
Complex items like vehicles need longer descriptions to explain their features well enough so buyers know exactly what they want before making a decision whether it is worth buying from the seller; therefore complex products deserve more words dedicated to telling all potential customers how wonderful these things can be!
When selling products on Craigslist, make sure to use the proper descriptions and information.
By including dimensions when describing a product as well as color/age of item you are able to give potential buyers all necessary details in order for them not to have any confusion about what they might be buying from someone who is unsure if it’s something worth their time or money (which could lead up into leaving negative feedback).
A lot of people put cash-only payment policies but this should never just take preference over other forms like credit cards due to its high-security risk especially after recent scams where hackers steal personal data via password breaches at Target stores nationwide.
Disclose Damage and Imperfections Fully
Craigslist is a great place to find deals on things you couldn’t otherwise afford, but buyers need the reassurance that their investment won’t be damaged in shipping.
To build trust and ensure everything goes smoothly for both parties involved with this transaction (seller & buyer), disclose all imperfections upfront by taking close-up photos of them as well as captions referencing what’s wrong or how they can fix it if needed!
Include Your Name in the Listing
Include your first name in any Craigslist ad that you post to establish trust.
Consumers want to buy from people they know and can identify with, so by making yourself more human through the act of sharing an identity on a website or app like this one (i.e., putting down your full legal name), it’ll make all those reading feel as though there’s no need for anonymity when looking into buying something new!
Include Your Phone Number
In your listings, state your cell phone number beside the name rather than as a keyword. This prevents scraping software from finding it and adding you to a telemarketer list—in theory at least!
The buyer will have more awareness of who they’re getting in touch with because when someone places an order using our service (which we guarantee) then their contact information is added automatically into both email campaigns AND text notifications for every step along the way while also giving buyers peace-of-mind knowing that there’s no need worry about scams or hidden fees since everything integrates seamlessly right outta cyberspace.
Set a Deadline
If you missed Marketing 101 in college, then here’s a summary of what urgency and scarcity mean for your marketing strategy.
A deadline is essential to make it clear that there are limited copies of an item available- “Needs to be picked up by Saturday.” The sooner this date approaches (less than 3 days before), the better because buyers will think they have more negotiating power if we don’t sell any items within those few days before closing out our order stock.
Which could lead potential customers walking away thinking “oh I should’ve bought one from them instead!” It also helps us prepare Plan B” such as pulling products off the shelf.
Include All Accessories
If you own any accessories that go with your item, make sure they are listed in the description. Include specific details for each as appropriate such as spare batteries and chargers or lenses/lens sets! Be sure to take pictures of them all together so customers can see what’s available before purchasing from them individually!
Consider Batching or Selling in Lots
There are many ways to promote your products on Craigslist. One option is batching, which means selling several related items together at one time and linking them in an ad or using the “more ads by this user” button when posting a single lot of goods for sale.
Linking each individual item that’s part of your bunch also allows buyers more specific information about what they’re getting since it’ll be cross-referenced with other listings as well as reviews online if necessary before purchase; so unless you know exactly how something works–or just don’t have enough patience!–it might make sense not only consider this approach.