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Old 09-09-2009, 06:54 PM
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I've had excellent success with selling things on the Houston CL.

With CL, you should post some conditions in your ad to scare off the scammers:

* No scam inquiries
* Cash payment only
* Local buyers only - call-back number required
* Buyer must pick-up item(s)
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Old 09-09-2009, 08:14 PM
Location: Central Bay Area, CA as of Jan 2010...but still a proud Texan from Houston!
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Originally Posted by DJboutit View Post
I have tried to sell a few things over the last 2 1/2 yrs never sold any of it. All the emails I got asking about the items were from people in Europe, I have just got one email from some looking to buy something I am selling they live Oregon & will pay full price will see how that goes. Anybody here had any luck selling stuff on craigslist I have tried to sell about 10 items never had any luck.
Wow that is stange I just sold my 1997 Accord on the first day I posted it...could not trade it in as a clunker since it got 25 miles per gallon in the city!
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Old 09-09-2009, 10:42 PM
Location: Upper East Side of Texas
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Sold a car on Houston's Craiglist back in 08.
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Old 09-09-2009, 10:45 PM
Location: Upper East Side of Texas
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Originally Posted by chris_ut View Post
Anybody trying to buy from you on CL from far away is 99% Nigerian scammers.
Doesn't help matters either Houston has the largest Nigerian population in the US.
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Old 09-09-2009, 11:01 PM
Location: Dallas
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Anyone ever checked out you suck at craigslist? Could give some good examples on how not to post an ad.
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Old 09-10-2009, 08:58 AM
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I've had pretty good luck. A few people have showed up late, etc but for the most part, it's great for furniture or items that are too expensive to ship. Resellers are the worst. They have guys in trucks driving around all day picking up stuff and they often will show up late and call you for directions even though you emailed them great directions already. I now say "no resellers" on my ads

If your items aren't selling, maybe you have them priced too high, or they are not desirable. If it's fine furniture, you might be better off taking it to a consignment shop.

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Old 09-10-2009, 09:06 AM
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I sold 3 things all at different times in one day and these were expensive items. portable a/c unit, generator and a bed with dresser. The only part of GL that sucks is the jobs. Most are scammers. Hell most of the emails you get on selling stuff is scammers. To bad they can't track them down and beat them.
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Old 09-10-2009, 10:32 AM
Location: Texas
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I've sold several items, TV, car, appliances, etc.

I think the key is that nearly everone searching craigslist is looking for a 'deal.' If your trying to sell a nice slightly used TV for 10% less than a new one, your probably not going to have much luck.

I just sold a Double oven for 200 bucks in a couple days, when most of the other similar ads were for 300 or so.

I also recently sold a TV that I was asking 200 for, and there were several others listed for 350 and more. I sold it in one day.

Thinks like FIRM PRICE!, and full retail pricing will run off most potential buyers on Craigslist.

Yes I know you say that the GPS is like new and works great, but if it breaks tomorrow, I'm outta luck and my 150 I just gave for it. But If I spend 180 at best buy for a new one, then I'll have the ease of returing it to the store if it breaks. To me it's worth the extra 30 bucks for the piece of mind.
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Old 09-10-2009, 11:22 AM
Location: Waco, TX
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Is there a craigslist for the Katy area? Why is it just Houston? Seems weird to me and highly unorganized.
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Old 09-10-2009, 11:48 AM
Location: Pearland
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If you really want an item and you live in Katy; most people don't mind driving to Houston to pick it up or look at it! Craigslist lists larger cities; not suburbs of Houston. I live in Pearland and I sold my van on Craigslist to someone that lived in Katy and came all the way to Pearland to see it. It's a good 45 minute drive but they didn' t seem to care. It's not that big a deal and shouldn't affect you selling something.
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