Pricing Craigslist Items
It’s true, I visit Craigslist.org almost everyday–it’s kind of like checking my email. I am very surprised by many of the heinously overpriced items that I find on Craigslist. It is okay to go a bit higher when pricing some items, but that should only be done if you are expecting to negotiate. If you post something on Craigslist that is ridiculously too high, that item is not going to get sold (usually).
Keep in mind the following when pricing:
1. Try to be objective. Because an item has sentimental value to you, does not mean that the real value is more.
2. If the piece you are selling is just old, but NOT an antique, don’t try to make it one (especially if it is not in great shape and requires a lot of elbow grease just to make it salvageable).
3. Remember, the item your selling is second hand and the people buying it from you don’t know you. Even if you have only had it for 2 months, who knows what could have happened in that period of time. Just like driving a new car off of the lot decreases it’s value, so it is when you have a rarely used item—so drop that price a little.
4. Person who sells highly unattractive stained, torn, with floral print sofa from the early 80’s for $250–not a good move. Please know that, yes, someone can buy or make a sofa cover for like $100…..but do the math, $350 for a poorly kept, 30 year old sofa?? There are brand new sofas for less than that, so let’s consider a curb alert or $20 max (especially if there were animals on it).
5. Listing your dimensions are very important, especially for furniture so that buyers can see if it fits in their space. Don’t assume that your furniture is “normal” size….that could mean a million things.
6. Take the time to post a photo…..this will get your item sold a lot quicker. Just posting a description is not enough, “light green couch”…..hmmm…… could be key lime green or sea foam, it could have rolled arms or square, it could be a loveseat or a sofa, it could have a wooden border, it could have metal legs, etc, etc, etc. If you are making time to post the ad, then try to post a photo with it.
1. If you say you’re going to be there….be there. If you can’t make it, call the person back and perhaps they will save it for you, you won’t know unless you ask. You should also call them back if you change your mind, so that they can move quickly and get their item sold.
2. Negotiating is totally fine, but remember that you a talking with a person so be cordial and friendly.
3. Don’t forget to ask (or email) for important info, like size, if there are pet stains or odors, etc. Make a list of questions before hand so you can fire away.
Have you had any notable experiences with Craigslist?