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Tips on Selling Multiple Items on Craigslist

20 Nov

Once my wife and I identified all the baby gear we no longer needed, I was on my mission to “De-clutter for CA$H!”  So, I took photos of all the items and created an on-line Picasa album just for the sale items and included a brief description and price in the individual photo caption.  I was so excited when I had 3 sales in one day (on a Saturday – the weekend shoppers) and my wife started calling me the Craigslist King – LOL!  

Here’s the text of the multi-item Craigslist ad:

We have a lot of like new and excellent condition baby gear and girl’s 6-12 months  clothing for sale – cash and carry – weekdays from 9am to 4pm at ABC Ave. & XYZ St., weekends by Main St. & First Ave.  All items are from a pet free and smoke free home!  Buy multiple items, get a little discount!  Special pricing if you want it ALL items to prepare for your daughter/granddaughter’s arrival!  Thanks! 

LINK to pictures of all items for sale:
http://picasaweb.google.com/SAMPLE

Bare Naked Boppy ($26.99 new) with a Boppy Cover ($9 new) – Ours is in great condition and we are selling both together for $13
Great for nursing moms or to lay your baby down for a nap in a snuggly pillow!
http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2507965

Fisher Price Rainforest Waterfall Peek a boo crib soother ($44.99 new) – Ours is like new – only used a few months (our baby didn’t sleep in the crib) ;0(  Selling for $28
http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2455073

Serta Perfect Dream Mattress  ($99.99 new) – Ours is like new – our baby only napped on it a handful of times…selling for 1/2 price at $50 firm.
http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3452263

Fisher Price Infant to Toddler Rocker ($40 new) – ours is blue farm animal themed – very good condition and selling for $13
http://www.fisher-price.com/fp.aspx?st=2002&e=product&pid=47989&ncat=thumbnail&pcat=bgb

Brandee Danille Flutter Bees Crib Bedding Set – ($160+ new)
100% cotton, great condition, gender neutral – our set includes, fitted sheet, crib skirt, blanket, bumpers and toy holder. Selling for $60!
http://www.allchildrensfurniture.com/Brandee-Danielle-FLUTCOLL-BDA1502.html?cv=

Summer Infant Large Comfort Bather – Pink/white & flowers. Retails for $23 new, excellent condition and selling for $10.
http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2970280
Product Description
The Mother’s Touch™ Large Comfort Bather from Summer Infant grows with your child from newborn to infant. The bather’s large frame, cushioned edges, and soft mesh sling seat help to ensure your baby’s comfort and safety at bath time. A deluxe head support adds extra stability for your infant and can be easily removed as baby grows. The quick drying fabric and folding ability of the bather make it convenient and easy to use at home or while traveling. Summer Infant prides itself on being a company of moms, dads, aunts and uncles dedicated to making great baby care products for parents and children. The cornerstone of the company’s product development and operational philosophy is open communication with its customers. Summer Infant develops and manufactures a range of baby and child care products in areas including child safety and convenience, nursery, baby bedding, baby gear and baby furniture.

Like New STRIDE RITE Stage 1 (prewalkers) baby girl shoes – retails new for $30, selling for $18.  Super cute shoes! See picture in the album link at the top of this ad.

Like New Tiny Love classic music crib mobile, retails new for $45, selling for $28, in original box. See picture in the album link.
http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3836093

Great comfy lazy boy type recliner chair for toddler-child. Great condition, nice neutral color, no stains or tears.
Give your child his/her own special TV or Reading chair!  Selling for $28, cash & carry.
Baby clothing pictures and prices are in the Picasa Web link above. Sold by the category/bag. Email me if interested!

THANKS!!!

Starting a friend on Craigslist (De-clutter for CA$H)

18 Nov

So, here’s how I went about helping a friend get started as a seller on Craigslist to “De-clutter for CA$H.”  She has heard about my success with Craigslist and asked me to help her out.  I’ve copied and pasted portions of our emails below to document the process.

FRIEND:  I have this exact snow suit from The Children’s Place that [my son] doesn’t need anymore that I wouldn’t mind selling.  It is a size 6-12 months.  He used it only a couple of times to keep warm and for pictures so it is pretty new.
http://cgi.ebay.com/NWT-CHILDRENS-PLACE-BABY-BOY-SNOW-SUIT-0-6-MONTHS-/370453803286?pt=US_Baby_Toddler_Boys_Clothes&hash=item5640c47116
They are selling it on eBay for $15.99 (link above) and I see on The Children’s Place website that they have something similar for $19.99 on sale.
http://www.childrensplace.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/TCPSearch?storeId=10001&langId=-1&catalogId=10001&N=0&Ne=&Nao=0&sale=0&url=SearchView&Ntt=snowsuit
I’m thinking we can price it for $17.99.  I don’t want to take less than $13 for it probably.
I’ll send you a picture or let me know if you can use the one from the eBay listing.  Also, let me know your thoughts on pricing.

ME:  I’d include the link to the retail one at Children’s Place but use my own photo.  People want to see the actual product to verify no rips, stains, etc.   On pricing, since they could get it new for $20, I’s list it for $15 and consider going as low as $10-12.  Do you want me to create and set up the post for you after you send me a couple jpegs (front & back)?  [The wife] and I always think “what are we willing to pay for the item?” – ideally 1/2 price since it’s used, but as much as 75% of retail if it’s like new and a “hot” item.

FRIEND:  Pricing sounds good.  I’ll send you pictures and a few other things this week for you to post.  I sent you my c-list account info.

ME:  I took a look at Craigslist for the competition, most ads are for girl snow suits, so this could be a plus!  Start with $15, but consider selling for $10.  The girl snow suits are listed for $6-$12 for like brand, size and condition.  Most people may not want to pay a lot because it’s a single season item and not necessarily worn everyday.  Send me the jpegs and I will set up your first ad!

TEXT OF THE CRAIGSLIST AD:

LIKE NEW light blue boy’s snow suit in size 6-12 months. Keep your baby warm this winter!
Only worn a few times – no tears or stains. From a pet free and smoke free home.
Retails new for $20 at The Children’s Place. Asking $15 – cash and carry.
http://www.childrensplace.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/TCPSearch?storeId=10001&langId=-1&catalogId=10001&N=0&Ne=&Nao=0&sale=0&url=SearchView&Ntt=snowsuit

Tips for Succe$$ful selling on Craigslist

15 Nov
Craigslist

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As an avid Craigslist user for almost 6 years, I wanted to share my “Steps to Successful Selling.”

  1. De-clutter to identify items to sell/donate.  If thinking about the entire house + garage + attic/basement is too overwhelming, just focus on one room at a time and have a spot to put the “for sale” vs. “donate” items.  Be honest and serious on this all important first step!  For instance, my wife and I are not planning to have more children, so the maternity clothing was donated (an easy few boxes/bags of stuff out of the house!).  We saved everything from our first daughter (I swear I bought like 50+ plastic totes to hold clothes, baby gear, infant toys, etc), so now as our second daughter outgrows things, it’s sold or donated.  Things we don’t need/use anymore were sold on Craigslist – i.e. pack n play, infant car seat, etc.  This is where my mantra “De-clutter for CA$H” came from.
  2. Research market price for exact/similar items and “new retail” price.  Check Craigslist in your city to see if others are selling the same or similar item.  Note the condition and sale price.
  3. Be honest on condition of item and price accordingly.  What would you pay for it if you’re willing to buy it used?  My wife and I would usually hope for 1/2 of retail price, but it also depends on how in demand the item is.  The most we paid for anything is around 75% of retail if it’s in excellent or like new condition.
  4. Consider if the item is “hot/popular,” a “necessity” or total “discretionary/splurge” type item.  Hot/popular items in great condition can possibly sell for closer to retail price.  A necessity, if priced fairly, should sell quickly.  While the discretionary/splurge item may take sometime, especially in current economic/unemployment times.
  5. Have in your mind a realistic minimum price you’re willing to sell the items for.  Don’t be surprised by low ball offers you receive from some shoppers.  Either stick to your original price or discount a little for a sure and quick sale.  If you are firm on your price, say so in your ad.  When I was selling a Tiny Love play mat, I posted it for $15, but knew I’d sell it for as low as $12, especially if the person was going to buy multiple items. 
  6. In your ad/post, always include the link to the retail item for the actual product if it’s still sold at stores.  This provides all the details/description and also verifies how much the item is new, vs. your resale price.
  7. Always use your own photos.  It’s okay to include the “catalog” picture of the item, but you want to also take your own photos and include them in your Craigslist ad so buyers can see your item and know if there are any tears/stains/damage/etc. 
  8.  Set a date on which if it doesn’t sell, you will donate it (at least you get a charitable deduction).  Some charities go through neighborhoods several times a year and leave a postcard in your mailbox to inform you of the next date and you can leave your items at the curb and they pick it up.  Some charities will come pick up items if you call to schedule.  Others have convenient drop off stations.  For example. check out Goodwill or Amvets.  Now that winter is approaching, we have a few items at home that didn’t sell that will be dropped off at Goodwill or my daughter’s school’s rummage sale!
  9. Repost to Craigslist weekly to make sure your listing is “fresh” – best day is usually Thursday or Friday so you get the weekend shoppers!
  10. If selling multiple items in the same category (i.e. baby gear, clothing, DVDs) offer a small discount for purchase of multiple items.  Also, as you can only include a maximum of 4 photos in a Craigslist ad/post, if you are selling multiple items, set up a free Flickr or Picasa web album with photos of all your items for sale, with a short description & price in the photo caption and include the link to the photo album in your ad.  This worked really well for us when we were selling a lot of the baby clothing and gear!
  11.  State “Cash and Carry” in your ad!  I actually had one person want to write me a check for a purchase!  Hello…I don’t know you from Adam!  Another person wanted me to deliver the item.
  12. Once you’re schedule to make a sale, exchange cell phones numbers to be able to contact each other should schedules change, the buyer is stuck in traffic/running late and to verify the buyer is still coming so you’re not waiting around for nothing
  13. Be prepared to make change.  Depending on the price of your items, have five singles, a five and a ten dollar bill so you are able to provide change.
  14. Once a sale actually occurs, delete the ad/post on Craigslist so others are not contacting you on an item no longer available.  If I’m still contacted by possible buyers, I always email them back that the item has been sold – just common courtesy.
  15. Check my earlier blog post on Safety Tips when buying or selling via Craigslist!  Also, stay tuned for future blog posts with some of my actual Craigslist ads as examples and more stories of “De-cluttering for CA$H!” as I am also helping a friend to start selling her no longer needed items on Craigslist!

If you have some other tips or suggestions, please leave a comment.  Thanks!

Craigslist Safety Tip for Sellers

14 Nov

Again, based on experience in using Craigslist for almost 5 years and leaning on the side of caution, here’s my tips for sellers.

  1. Try not to have people come into your home to view the item(s) you are selling.  If the item is large and they have to come in, be sure to have another adult with you (family member, neighbor, friend).  I never had my wife show anything we were selling by herself.  Also, one of our friends who was selling items always asked her neighbor to come over when someone was suppose to come see the sale item.
  2. If the items are small and mobile, place them in your car and meet the buyer at a parking lot.  Many of the items I sold that were portable I would place in the back on my CR-V and schedule buyers to meet me in my parking lot of my office building during lunch.
  3. If you can’t meet the buyer in a public place and the items are portable, set them up in the front porch/driveway and have your doors to your home locked and still have another person with you.
  4. Have enough small bills to make change – you don’t want to sell something for $28 and have the buyer say they only have a $20 and a $50 and try to get you to take $20 since you can’t make change for the $50!
  5. I’d recommend NOT selling real jewelry or other valuable/collectibles on Craigslist.  It just doesn’t seem safe to have someone meet you knowing that you have a diamond ring, gold necklace or antique silver for sale!
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