Whether it’s your closet, the space beneath your bed, your attic or your garage, you’ve finally had enough: It’s time to de-clutter. In your quest, you’ll find things you use regularly and items you haven’t touched in ages. The items that you no longer find useful might still be in good shape, which means they have money-making potential on Craigslist.
Anyone can sell anything on Craigslist without the membership or payment fees that come with other online commerce sites. Instead, potential buyers get in touch with you to come see your goods in person and pay you for them. The only thing you have to do is get your for-sale items on there so you can start making that money.
How do you do it? Below are five steps on how to make money on Craigslist. Hopefully these tips will help ensure your next virtual yard sale will be a hit:
- Choose the Right Items
You can truly sell anything on Craigslist, but trends show that some products are simply hotter than others in this online marketplace. For example, you might not have much success selling old clothes. However, furniture, technology and materials tend to sell like hot cakes. Obviously, there are exceptions to this rule, but this is the general trend.
- Take Nice Photos
You’ve narrowed down your lot to what you believe will sell well on Craigslist. Now, it’s time to whip up the ads.
The first step is to take high-quality photos of what you want to sell. Note that we said photos, because your ad won’t fare well with a single image. Try shooting your item from different angles and beneath natural light. Also do some up-close shots to prove the item’s quality. Unless you have an ultra-modern cell phone with a high-quality camera built in, rely on your digital camera to snap the photos you’ll share.
- Describe Your Items Well
A picture is certainly worth 1,000 words, especially when people are shopping for products online. That doesn’t mean your ad should be text-free. Instead, put yourself in the shoes of a potential buyer and imagine the information you’d like to know before buying something off of Craigslist. These details might include why you’re selling this particular item, the year of manufacture, the type of fabric and any visible defects or wear that you might not see in the photos.
On that note, it’s important to write a clear headline that tells customers exactly what it is you’re selling. Avoid frilly language. Include brand names, and press “enter” only after you’ve put the entire title in title case so it looks professional and clean.
- Be Specific About Your Location
This is especially true if you’re currently living in a large city with multiple neighborhoods. Your location might make a purchase more difficult for an interested buyer, as he or she might have to rent a car to come pick up your item, etc. If you’re upfront about this at the beginning, it’s less likely to have a deal fall through because of location. Of course, you can avoid this by offering delivery for free or at a fair cost (more on that below). This will work wonders if you’re trying to get rid of something that’s extra-large or hard to transport.
- Make a Fair Price
Finally, it’s vital you do your research before you put a price tag on what you’re selling. It might be tough if you can remember what you initially paid for that recliner or DVD player, but you need to be realistic about what the market is like for used products. To that end, check out the backlog of “completed listings” on a site like eBay to see what locals have been willing to pay for items like yours. Price your item to sell, and it might do just that.