It seems as if most people have forgotten how to use their common sense; either that or they just don’t have any or don’t care. Either way, if you want to use Craigslist.org to make money selling your old home furniture, use common sense before you list your couch or whatever it is you are selling. Why? Because common sense goes a long way.
No one cares about your custom-made dining room table. In fact, the only two people in the entire world who do care are you and the jerk who overcharged you to get that table customized (wait he doesn’t care anymore because he already got your money, so it is down to you). Custom-made furniture only means something to the person who ordered it. To everyone else, it is just another dining room table.
Do not list your furniture on Craigslist until you are actually ready to part with it. This is common when people are getting ready to move. They want to be prepared, so they offer their old bookcase for $5 on Craigslist. A seller gets all excited as it is exactly what they wanted, but they are mad as heck because they can’t come and get it for another week. Listen, if you have a really good item to sell on Craigslist and are selling it for a fair price, it likely won’t even last 24 hours on Craigslist anyways, so wait.
No one is going to believe you paid $6,000 for a designer couch. Why? Because if you did you sure as heck wouldn’t be selling it on Craigslist. For $6,000 everyone is going to rightfully assume you would keep that couch until it was literally standing on its last leg (meaning you would be lucky to get rid of it for free). Don’t try and pull a huge number out of nowhere just to make yourself look good or to try and get more money. Sorry, but it won’t work.
Another reason why it is important to not inflate your price on Craigslist is because buyers are smart. Don’t make the mistake of assuming Craigslist buyers are stupid because most are anything but. You might be surprised to hear that they know how to perform a standard internet search just like you. Guess what this means? It means that they also know how to price compare. So, that TV stand you are selling on Craigslist for $200, the buyer can tell within minutes that they can mosey on down to Wal-Mart and buy the SAME thing for only $100. By the way, if your buyer had a temporary lapse of judgment and decided not to price compare until after buying the item, don’t think you are in the clear either; expect some hate mail.
Never, never, and I really mean never list your furniture for sale on Craigslist without including a picture. So, you don’t have a digital camera? Ask a friend, your brother or sister, or better yet go knock on your neighbor’s door. Don’t use not having a digital camera as an excuse. There are thousands of other couches listed on Craigslist with pictures included. Buyers will just go to them instead. After all, you may be selling a nasty couch covered in stains that isn’t even worth the trip to see. On the other hand, you may be selling a like-new couch for an amazing price, but no one will ever know.
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