I would say that because I have felt like a “sell out” for the past nine years, I am enjoying the selling and giving away process. So far in six days, I have sold about $3800 worth of “stuff”. Craigslist is always an interesting experience. I mostly have good experiences buying and selling on Craigslist. So far, I have profited $700 on two tools that I purchased used on Craigslist years ago. These two tools were screaming deals that do not come around very often. I expect to make even on my cabinet table saw and other tools that I purchased on Craigslist several years ago.
Since I am not in a hurry, I am trying different Craigslist strategies. This has been my approach:
- Create an email just for the use of selling this stuff
- Make an Craigslist account so every thing is in one place for deleting and renewing posts.
- Have people call my work (Google Voice) number if they are interested in purchasing an item. This is new for me. So far, I like it as I usually do not sell anything unless I talk with the person on the phone anyway. It stops the annoying, “is it still available,” emails. And the emails where someone says they want to buy it but they do not give any contact info. This usually means that they do not want to buy it.
The other places where it has worked for me are specific forums. I sold my Tom Bihn luggage in only a few minutes with one post on the Tom Bihn forum. I have also sold some of my more expensive woodworking tools using the Sawmill Creek forum. I don’t mind packing and shipping the lighter and smaller items. The items that are larger and heavier are expensive to ship and most people will not pay for the expensive shipping prices.
Now to create more pictures and sell my trumpet on Ebay…