Craigslist 101: What You Need to Get Started

posted by Andrea | 07/8/2011


I’ve received a lot of positive feedback from the first few posts in my Craigslist 101 Series; but I’ve also received even more questions!

One of the questions I’ve gotten a few times is, “What do I need to get started selling my stuff on Craigslsit?”

My answer is, “Not Much!” That is the beauty of Craigslsit!

What You Need to Get Started::

1. TIME:

If you don’t have the time to post your items, the time to respond to emails and questions, or the time to meet potential buyers, then selling on Craigslist might not be the thing for you. You’ll save yourself a lot of stress {and space} by just donating the items now instead of trying to make time to sell them later.


Obviously, you must have something of value to sell — not your kids stained and ripped clothing, not your old DVD’s that skip, not your broken kitchen appliances. Something of REAL value that others will want to purchase.


You’ll need a computer that is connected to the Internet in order to log onto your Craigslist account. And you’ll need an email address so people can contact you.


You’ll hear me say this over and over again — but if you aren’t willing to post at least ONE good-quality photo of your item, then you really shouldn’t even waste your time trying to sell it. I will almost never email a seller unless they have a photo posted.


If your items are priced right, they will probably sell very quickly. However, if you want to get a little more for your items, or you are in a remote location, it might take a bit longer. You may have to re-post your items several times and you will probably have to wait!

Also, I guarantee that you will eventually encounter irresponsible buyers who say they will show up at a certian time… but don’t. No-shows are SO annoying, but you’ll have to deal with them at some point. You’ll also have people who show up, but after seeing the item, don’t want to purchase it. That is normal — you shouldn’t let it upset or discourage you.

Oh, and even if you write “NO SPAMMERS” in  your post, there’s a pretty good chance you will still get a few spam emails. Just delete them and wait for the good ones to come rolling into your inbox!

So you see, it really doesn’t take much to be able to start your own mini “business” of sorts, selling unused and unneeded items on Craigslist!

I promise — it’s easier than you might think!!

Previous Posts in the Craigslist 101 Series:


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  1. monte wanamaker


    I want to sell a motorhome class a, what do I haveto do next


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  3. L.


    what about selling expensive, name brand NEW (never been worn) clothes?


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  5. Lis


    I have sold many things on Craigslist and it’s been a great experience!