Lessons I’m learning on Craigslist

craigslist-logoI’ve been using Craigslist for several months in different ways – most of the time monitoring for job openings. But this week I’ve been using it to sell a bunch of stuff and it’s been interesting.  Here’s a few things I’ve learned so far…

First off, there are a lot of people out there trying to game/spam people. I saw the same ad with different headlines over and over.

And have you seen the list of things you are prohibited to sell on Craigslist? Makes me wonder if that list was mostly proactive or reactive. I hope it was a creative mind to be proactive, but I fear it wasn’t.

One of the things I couldn’t figure out is how many ads I can post in a day.  Seems the limit is around 8. I found out because I have several items to sell and I know the best way to do it is to put them one-by-one in the appropriate categories. However, I couldn’t get everything up there. Craigslist started saying the TV I was posting was too similar to the lamp I just posted. I get why the limits are there, but it stinks when I’m trying to be legit about it.

So I tried to post a list of everything in the Garage Sale/Moving Sale section. That got no traction at all.  I hoped people use search to find stuff — and maybe they do but they weren’t finding the list of items.  I know because hours later with no replies, I posted a couple of items one-by-one again and got a flurry of email inquiries right away.

So it certainly seems the best way to manage multi-postings is to spread it out over time and go one-by-one, categorizing them correctly instead of doing a list (a Craig’s List as it were? ironic)

I’m also using Flickr to keep a running photo gallery of what is available and that seems to work decently well to point people to. Any time we make a sale, I delete the photo from Flickr and ad from Craigslist.

Overall it’s pretty convinient. Most people come and pick up the stuff. Several just write to see if it’s still available and I never hear back. Not sure what that’s all about, but maybe you’re one who does this. Would love to know what the motivation is.

We’ve sold some of our stuff so that’s cool. It’s a lot less work than a yard sale, but this seems to be better for items worth something, not just a dime.

What are some of your lessons learned from using Craigslist either as a buyer or seller?

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