Friday, October 24, 2008
So you have something that's clutter to you, but valuable enough that it's worth your time to try to sell it? You might want to try selling it on craigslist, which I find much easier to use than eBay, at least for the infrequent seller. (But some types of things will sell much better on eBay.)
I haven't done much craigslist selling myself, but I did sell a few items on behalf of someone else, and was pleased with how well it worked.
If you want to try selling on craigslist, the tips I see most often about doing a good listing are the following. They certainly worked for me! (And the person with the ad shown above might have benefited from tips 1 and 2.)
1. Provide good pictures. I wrote about this back in my July newsletter; Photojojo has some great tips.
2. Provide a complete description. For items like furniture, provide dimensions. Indicate any brand names.
3. Be honest. If there are flaws in the item, be sure you've fully disclosed them.
4. Price your item appropriately. As Sien said on Ask Metafilter, "Don't kid yourself about how much your stuff is worth."
5. Check for typos. Someone looking for a Whirlpool refrigerator will not find this one - and typos make you look unprofessional.
To learn more, see:
- A Seller's Guide to Craigslist
- How to: Write a Craigslist Ad
- Tips on Selling Your Furniture on Craigslist
- 24 Craigslist Tips, Tricks and Resources
- Craigslist Classifieds
For examples of what not to do, you could read You Suck at Craigslist. This was one of my favorites.