Though I may have achieved Half.com rock star status, my efforts on Craigslist have produced mixed results. Actually, no results. I have never successfully sold anything on Craigslist in spite of several attempts, or at least 3 attempts.
The book case that A-Rob and I built with our own hands – donated to Salvation Army
The wool rugs that were all clean and rolled up like new – given to a friend
The Ikea TV stand that screams 70′s fab – still in our garage
I’m not very gifted at selling on Craigslist.
So when posting a few large items prior to our last yard sale, I wasn’t expecting much. I was listing a lawn mower, a sofa bed, and the Ikea TV stand (again).
But this time, something magical happened. Within minutes of posting the lawn mower on Craigslist, I got a text from a potential buyer. Then twenty minutes later as I was having coffee with a friend, my phone was ringing every 5 minutes (yes, I was polite and let them go to voice mail, in case you were wondering).
Upon telling my friend about my lawn mower ad on Craigslist she informed me that lawn mowers are hot items in this town. Yeah. I guess I should have seen that coming. We Phoenicians like our patches of grass, they delude us into thinking we don’t live in the desert.
By the time I left the coffee shop, picked up the kids from school and went home, the first caller had met up with A-Rob at our house, and the lawn mower was officially sold for $120. Zero to sold in under two hours. And I spent the rest of the night and the next morning returning texts to the too-laters.
Side note: I wasn’t expecting all the texts from Craigslist folk. The last time I’d done this, texting wasn’t as prominent of a staple in society. I guess it makes sense though. Does that make me sound like a fuddy-duddy?
So, Secret #1 to selling on Craigslist is having something that people really want to buy.
But the story isn’t over. Remember that sofa sleeper I told you about?
I got absolutely no texts, no emails, and no phone calls about this one. Then exactly one week and two days later, I received an email. I had a potential buyer!
She requested to come over and view the merch on a Sunday afternoon. Unfortunately it was during a time when A-Rob was at a gig, and I was hoping she wasn’t really a he posing as a woman wanting a sofa for a 95 year old woman so he could come throw a burlap bag over my head and toss me into a van with no windows.
Fortunately, that wasn’t the case. And she liked the sofa!
I must say, I was quite the maven in my sales skills. No, I really wasn’t. I spent most of the time trying to placate Baby Rock who was freaking out about the fact that I’d taken the cushions off the sofa to show the woman the mattress. Being an eloquent salesperson while calming a toddler’s neuroses requires a level of skill I do not possess.
I actually felt bad I couldn’t ask her about her 95 year old mother, or tell her that she has the same name as my mom. I was half expecting her to not come back the next day to finalize the sale because I was such a scattered and rude mess.
But she came back. And we had $150 more to add to our pot. So I guess, Secret #2 to selling on Craigslist is being gosh-darn lucky.
Before I leave, I have one more bit of housekeeping to take care of:
Thank you for getting a new sofa bed for your den and donating your old one to our debt reduction cause.
The woman who bought your sofa has your same name, and she lives in your neighborhood. It will make her 95 year old mother very happy.
Love, Your Mooching Daughter
Aren’t mom’s great? So today I’m adding $270 to our total, which, by the way, is getting closer and closer to four digits. I better let A-Rob know he needs to tweak the code to make room for all those numbers.
I hope these enlightening secrets help you out with your Craigslist endeavors.