5 Tips for Selling on Craig’s List

5 Tips for Selling on Craig’s List

In three weeks, I’m going to be moving from Wisconsin to Washington state. I realized very early on that I could not bring all of my furniture with me and I would have to sell most of it. But selling items is not as easy as it would seem. There are certain things you need to include in your Craig’s List posts to boost the likelihood of your item selling. Here are my top four tips for selling on Craig’s List. 

#1 Clear Pictures

There are a few components in my picture above that help it to stand out. The lighting is bright, the couch looks clean, and there aren’t very many distractions in the picture. It can be even easier to take a good picture when it’s easier to move the item around. Find a blank wall or a door to put the item in front of and turn on as many lights as you can. Even better, take the picture near a window on a sunny day. All of these help to boost your pictures and make your item look more appealing. More people will be willing to click on it.

#2 Priced Right

I knew that the couches I was trying to sell were a little worse for wear. In the picture above, you can see a little bit of damage on it and there is normal wear and tear as well. I knew I wouldn’t be receiving top dollar for it. So, I priced it at $200 with the hope that I could get $150 for it. You can also look at the pricing for similar items on Craig’s List before you list your own to be more competitive.

#3 Descriptive Description

Descriptions are really hard to write, however, there are a few things you can include pretty much every time. Include the dimensions of the product, since pictures often don’t do justice to sizing. If there are significant advantages or disadvantages to the item include them as well. If the item is large (like mine), state whether you are willing to help move the object or if the buyer needs to have their own transportation.If you put this information in, it will help scale down inquiries to the people who are really serious about buying your item.

#4 Lower the Price

If after a few days or a week, your item isn’t selling, lower the price. If my couch doesn’t sell at $200 after a week, I’ll lower to $100. It’s more important for me to sell it than it is for me to make a lot of money off of it. If you have the time, lower the price more slowly and try to find the “sweet spot” to get to most money someone will pay.

I sold my couches less than a week after I posted them. And the woman who came to get them said “This is exactly what I was expecting.” I makes me feel a lot better that I don’t need to find a way to get them to Goodwill. If you have any of your own tips for selling on Craig’s List, please reply in the comments. I hope these are helpful for you selling endeavors.

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