Originally Posted by Motion
So are you saying there's more of a chance of people changing their minds about buying something after they've had a chance to get a close look at it? I'll try to sell new stuff that I find from closeout sources. Maybe they'll be fewer issues with something new.
I think they meant that Craigslist is so wide spread nationally, that there are scammers on there, and real crimes have been committed. That said, Craigslist is no different than selling something in your local paper. You'll have to give them your address if they are to come buy the item, and you'll need to give your phone number in the newspaper ad.
BUT, NEVER put your phone number or address on Craigslist. You phone number can be used to send unwanted text messages from telemarketers. Your address is not public information either until you give it to someone
Here is how to know if the person on the other end of a Craigslist ad, the buyer, is real. If they have a gmail address, beware. Many of them are just spammers or scammers, phishing for your e-mail address for junk mail.
When I am selling an item, if the buyer sends me a message like:
A. Is it still for sale?
B. Do you still have it?
C. So, only $15.00?
NEVER reply to a message like that. They are phony. If they are people really interested in your item, they'll tell you more than that.
When I get a reply from an e-mail address that is gmail, and I think they are ok, I still send them a reply from my Hotmail account, not my home e-mail. If their e-mail address "domain" is not known to me, then I also reply using Hotmail. I know Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail, and others. But there are other domains that I do not know.
From what I know, Ebay does not own all of CL. They own 28%.
Ads are free.
Ebay you pay a fee to list your item (they give 50 free per month, excluding extra photos) and a final value fee of 8-15%. Then you have to be able to take a credit card so you have to have a business Paypal account and the fees are 30 cents per transaction and 2.9% of the total. I've sold 100's of items on Ebay.
Certain items won't sell. Example: VHS tapes.
Name brand clothes you got at Goodwill, or baby clothes, do sell well.
Sports cards do not sell well on CL. They do on Ebay if pre-1980 and graded. Old books sell, antiques, etc.
Then you have to have shipping materials for Ebay items.
Whether you sell in your local paper or CL, it is all the same, you'll have to eventually give your address and phone to sell an item.
On CL, just screen the e-mail addresses.
I've gotten messages from people and when I click the reply key and look at their user name, it is some weird name you never heard of. Avoid.
Also, if the message to you has words mispelled, they may be in other countries and just wanting you to reply, so they have your e-mail address for junk or spam.
It's like driving 35 miles per hour on the highway. If you drive scared you are the one who may very well have a wreck. Do not be scared of CL, just screen the e-mail address and domain, knowing there are spammers out there.
Depending on your city, CL can be crowded.
Your ad can go to page 2 or 3 in only a few hours.
Ebay has millions of U.S. members and you'll get far more looks at your items.
Ask any questions you have about CL or Ebay, here on the forum, or direct message.