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View Poll Results: Should I sell my laptop on craigslist or ebay?
craigslist 4 44.44%
ebay 5 55.56%
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Old 03-15-2013, 06:54 PM
 
Location: Nipomo
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Hi,

So I am selling a six month laptop I no longer want. I am selling it $200 below the price I bought it for It's custom built and I added pictures. It has a small cosmetic scratch and everything is in great shape. I found another laptop I want. There is a 2 yr warranity on my laptop.

I am trying to decide if I should through Ebay and do local pick up only and also if I sell through ebay how much I should increase on the price to cover eBay's fees?

thanks,

the ciy
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Old 03-16-2013, 06:43 AM
 
Location: The Southern Sac's, NM
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Here is a link to eBay fees: Standard selling fees

If you are going to do local pickup I recommend you don't do PayPal. Insist on cash or money order, because there is no way to prove to ebay that you delivered it, and the buyer can get their money back from PayPal and keep the laptop if they decide to claim they never received it.

I would actually prefer to sell something like that (a laptop) through Craigslist. eBay is a minefield for a new seller, especially selling the electronics category.

Good luck
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Old 03-16-2013, 02:23 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles (Native)
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Seems like craigslist would make more sense. Ebay fees are pretty high plus most people will want to pay through paypal too , and craigslist is free. There are a lot of flakes on craigslist of course , and you will have to meet people face to face for the exchange.
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Old 03-16-2013, 02:50 PM
 
Location: Nipomo
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how would i do cash only on ebay?
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Old 03-16-2013, 04:47 PM
 
Location: The Southern Sac's, NM
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Sorry, my mistake - in reading through the payments policy it looks like you have to accept PayPal if you are selling in the Electronics (laptop) category. Even on local pickup.
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Old 03-16-2013, 06:29 PM
 
Location: Nipomo
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Here is one of my ads:

HP gaming laptop from 2012

So far only REAL person responded and 3 scammers responded.
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Old 03-16-2013, 06:44 PM
 
Location: San Marcos, TX
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I would not bother with eBay if you are doing local pickup only. Most eBay shoppers would expect you to be willing to ship the item. "Local pickup only" is a big turn-off unless the item is truly something difficult to ship.

You should have no problem finding a buyer through Craigslist if your price is reasonable. Craigslist sales can take some time though and they can try your patience with all the "tire kickers" who aren't really serious about buying. You posted your ad yesterday. I have had Craigslist items take a couple weeks, easy, to sell. Perfectly good items, just have to be patient for the right buyer to come along.

I don't know anything about that laptop specifically, but have you price checked to see what a buyer would pay for the same (or very similar) machine right now, today? Also try and find other prices for similar items as yours (second hand) vs. new.

Check out this site if you are curious: GadgetValue.com | Used computer value, Laptop worth

Also you might want to try and get better pics, and you have typos in your ad.
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Old 03-16-2013, 07:19 PM
 
Location: Nipomo
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yeah I know about the typos. I saw my ad was just as good or better than others.

it's a custom laptop so it's hard to compare to others. it has several upgrades.
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Old 03-17-2013, 12:51 AM
 
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i would take the stuff out about no scams or being a business major out-it's not like saying no scams is gonna deter anyone anyway and might even turn some people off since it makes it seem like you might be a little hard to deal with.
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Old 03-17-2013, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Nipomo
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should i lower the price?
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