How To Sell Stuff On Craigslist (Make Money Online – Day 2)

Craigslist

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So you still want to make money online, eh?  You might be thinking, “Selling stuff on craigslist only lasts until my stuff is gone, so it’s not a long term solution.”  True, but if you get good enough at selling things on craigslist, you can use our the Resell Shit technique to make endless amounts of money.

Craigslist is great because you don’t have to deal with shipping, PayPal, or other online listing fees.  It’s just product => cash.  So how do you sell your stuff on craigslist?

1. Sign Up For Craigslist

So how do you start?  You have to create a craigslist account!  It’s rather simple.  First, go to https://accounts.craigslist.org/.  You’ll see a link at the bottom for “Sign up for an account.”  Click on that, and complete the sign up process.  Easy, right?

Once you’ve signed up, you can get to your local craigslist page by going to *yourcity*.craigslist.org, where *yourcity* is the city you live in, or the nearest big city – if you live in a tiny town.  If you’re confused, just go to http://craigslist.org, and find your city or the nearest one to you.  If you click on the “my account” link, you’ll be directed to your personal listing page (you’ll also get here automatically just by logging in).

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To start the process, look at the upper right corner of the screen, choose the city you want to sell in, and press “go.”

2. Photos (Capture/Re-size/Upload)

Now that you’re ready to post your listing, you need to take some photos of what you’re selling.  I suggest you take only two photos, unless you’re selling an intricate item.  Take photos of the points on the item that are most likely to be seen or most likely to break.  Stock images of the item can be found through google searching – you need to display what YOUR item looks like.

Photo Tips:

  • Try to fill the frame with the item you’re selling.  Make it take up at least 80% of the photo.
  • Take the photo as close to the item as possible, while not clipping the outer edges of the item.
  • Make sure there is plenty of light in the room to capture the fine details of the item.

Re-sizing.  Re-sizing is not necessarily necessary.  If you just want to upload your photo files to the craigslist servers, they will resize them for you.  They will also look horribly compressed.  If you compress and resize the photos yourself, you can upload them to another photo service and provide higher quality images for possible buyers to look at.

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A 13″ MacBook’s display has a resolution of 1280 x 800.  Lesser displays can have resolution widths as low as 1024 pixels.  My suggestion is to keep the width of your photos at 640 pixels.  That’s the width of the content portion of this blog.  The photos you see that take up the full content section are 640px wide.

Use iPhoto, Microsoft Paint, Photoshop, or an image editing software of your choice to re-size your photos to 640px width.  Make sure you keep the correct ratio of width to height, so your pictures don’t come out warped!  Save the photos as medium resolution jpegs.

Uploading.  Now you’ll need to upload your photos to an online image-hosting service.  I use Picasa.  You can use Photobucket, Imagefrog, or any other image-hosting service.  Once you’ve uploaded your re-sized photo, get the link to the image file.  It should end with “.jpg”.  Most photo sharing services will have a button that says “embed photo.”  It includes a snippet of code that you’ll need to attach to your craigslist posting.  Copy and paste that into your craigslist item listing.

3. Description

This is where many people fail.  Here’s an example.  But seriously, dust off your grammar hats, folks.  If you can’t use there, they’re, or their correctly, or you want to tell me about how you stole this awesome Hello, Kitty backpack from your girlfriend, I don’t want to buy anything from you.

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Stick to the facts.  Look up a description of your product on Amazon or the like.  Be concise.  List any nicks, chips, defects, or problems you’re aware of.  Remember, you’re going to meet the buyer in person, so do NOT lie about your item.

If you’d like to be contacted by phone, include your phone number in your post.  If you’d only like to be contacted by email (my personal preference), then don’t include a phone number.  You can keep your email address anonymous, which I suggest.

Once you’ve got your description set up, make sure it’s above your embedded photo links.  Press the “Continue” button, and wait for the inquiries to roll in!

4. Safety

So you’ve listed your item on craigslist.  The photos are brilliant, and the description is void of any grammatical or spelling errors.  The next thing that will happen is you’ll get an inquiry from a potential buyer.  You’ll set up a time and place to meet.

Tips for a safe craigslist meetup:

  • Meet during the day, when there’s a lot of sunlight out
  • Meet in the parking lot of a VERY public place
  • Try to meet in a place where people are constantly walking about
  • Do NOT have the buyer come to your home

And that’s it!  You’re now ready to conquer craigslist and make tons of money from your neglected personal items!

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  • http://www.iamchesapeake.com chesapeake

    FORD PICKUP TRUCK$1-BFE, TX

    Red ford truck. 70,000 miles. Drives good gets good gas mileage stick shift window seats power steering seatbelts windows glass tires carpet leather seats big window in front 4.0 L hemi engine 2000 horsepower great truck fantastic love it so much it has puppies kittens johnny cash june carter heb groecery bag bud lite cans american idol dvr old library book muddy footprints tool chest in the backcall danny 2109998003$29,000.

    That’s my preferred listing method. To each her own, really.

    • http://www.caseyfriday.com Casey Friday

      Well…. there you have it.

  • Anonymous

    so will you do it for me and take a percentage?

    • http://www.caseyfriday.com Casey Friday

      That could be a plausible business venture…

    • Fayaz

      I can do for you.

  • http://mycraigslistadvisor.com Ryan

    Nice. You should check out the site mycraigslistadvisor.com too for a bunch of other tips on selling on craigslist. It’s the same kind of info but theres some really good ideas like posting ads on friday afternoon when the most people go on craigslist. I’ve made a lot more money then I thought I would using some of the tips.

  • http://www.caseyfriday.com Casey Friday

    That’s a fantastic idea. We sold quite a bit of stuff this weekend, and you’re right, the traffic is MUCH faster on the weekend. We received 2 or 3 phone calls within half an hour of some of the listings! Really fantastic advice.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PATVRJ3J5T3EE6SR3AS55JB2KQ BloodAngel

    After the “craig’s list killer” I kinda don’t wanna use it :

    • http://www.caseyfriday.com Casey Friday

      As long as you practice safety, there’s no imminent danger. Meet in a busy place in the middle of the day, and you’re good!

  • margo

    how do you know how much you should price the thing that your selling? 

    • http://www.caseyfriday.com/ Casey Friday

       I always look first to ebay and see what that item is selling for.  You can type in your item’s name in ebay and then click “Completed Listings” to see what it’s sold for in the recent past.

      If you want to learn more about pricing and selling with craigslist, check out my guide!  You can find it in the main navigation menu at the top of my site.