Monday, June 28, 2010

Craigslist: Friend or Foe?

I think we've all looked at things on Craigslist. Maybe you've even bought something, or looked at an apartment you saw listed.  But have you ever listed anything for sale?

It's creepy, exhausting, and slightly addictive.

I signed up for " an account", so I can easily track what I've posted and delete things once they're sold.  I've posted about 18 different times since yesterday - whoops.  A few of those were listing the free things at the end of the driveway.  So many posting in such a short amount of time = e-mails, phone calls, and scheduling pick ups.

I've gotten a few strange emails that I didn't bother responding to.  And a few people emailed back and forth a couple times and then disappeared.  One guy e-mailed asking about the kid's tennis racket we had listed on the yard sale posts.  I told him it hadn't sold, and he was here within an hour to pick it up for $5.  Cool.

We sold our Weber grill within four hours and some soccer equipment as well.  Today B sold a tree stand.  We had someone look at our shower doors, but they weren't the right size. (Note to self: Post dimensions in the next listing, prevent wasting our time with people who won't buy them.)  We have someone coming to look at my parent's Thule car container thingy tomorrow night, and another person is buying the bar height chairs we had in the old kitchen.

Even though its been a pain, we've more than doubled the money we made at the yard sale.  I got a little flack from B for posting my phone number in the ads, but I figure if someone is willing to call, they're more serious about the purchase.  Like I said, its creepy, but slightly addictive - major immediate gratification when you get an email that's followed up with a wad of cash.

Now if someone would just buy the stupid stove and microwave...

1 comment:

Arlene Grasman said...

Great post, good thoughts. Craigslist does have an overwhelmingly long sign up procedure. Not at all user friendly. Can't beat the traffic though.

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