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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 03-25-2013, 07:44 AM
 
Location: Ontario, NY
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Here is one of my ads:

HP gaming laptop from 2012
What you Paid for it is irrelevant. You need to see what new models are selling for now and price it accordingly. I'd say at least 25% off the new price.

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I just found out today that the buyer was reported for non-payments and attempted scammers. Three total including me. Such a shame because she ended my auction 4 days early. I will never be doing business on Ebay again. My final value fee was 80.80 but somehow 2 dollars was added to it.
Ebay isn't what it once was. Since it's impossible to give negative feedback to lousy buyers, it's impossible to filter them out. I have my auctions set up to reject bids from people with a -2 feedback rating, but since they can never get negative feedback, it's kinda pointless. Ebay is the anti-Christ of the online auction world, but they have the market share, sometimes you just have to deal with the devil.

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I have six people watching so far.
Having Watchers doesn't always mean you have interested buyers, they could have something similar to sell and just want to see how much your items sells for. I've had auctions with as many as 4 watchers and ended with no bidders.

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As for the final value fee on shipping; that's why I try to offer free shipping and build the shipping cost into the item price. Much simpler for me.
I've just recently started doing this for some of my auctions and had a few sales where I had re-posted the same item 3 times before charging shipping with no sales. It's tougher to make a decent profit. Recently sold $60 in cables with free shipping, after shipping costs, I'm only making $45.

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Old 03-25-2013, 12:27 PM
 
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do people tend to bid last minute? i can pay for shipping next time around. it's on ebay right now for a starting price of $900.
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Old 03-25-2013, 10:01 PM
 
Location: San Marcos, TX
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Yes, people tend to wait until the last minute to bid, or they set it up to enter their bid automatically at the last minute.
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Old 03-25-2013, 10:02 PM
 
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well I guess by tomorrow morning I will know.
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Old 05-04-2013, 11:53 AM
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what are the alternatives besides ebay and craigslist? any upcoming good place/site? the fees on ebay are ever so increasing...craigslist is decent, but i just wanted to see what else is out there. thanks.
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Old 05-04-2013, 12:34 PM
 
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With the low fees on eBay and their market reach, I prefer them over Craigslist. Especially since Craigslist often requires a lot of back and forth before making the sale.
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Old 05-05-2013, 02:45 PM
 
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craiglist has no fee and you can post it in area you want. on ebay you can have the same back and forth
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Old 05-05-2013, 10:03 PM
 
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craiglist has no fee and you can post it in area you want. on ebay you can have the same back and forth
In my experience, selling a laptop has been so much less effort on eBay. Also, the bids tend to go higher than the offers I get on CL. CL is nice for items that are too difficult to ship.
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Old 05-07-2013, 07:06 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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As a long-time eBay seller, I'd like to offer you this advice. Like someone else said, selling electronics as a first time seller on ebay is likely not going to go well. If you know someone who is an eBay seller, you might ask them to sell it for you. This would simplify things greatly, provided that you trust them of course. Personally, I don't think Craigslist is much better. People have been robbed from Craigslist ads and you can encounter lots of weirdos. I would recommend meeting in a coffee shop or some public place like a bank if its a large purchase, because you know there are lots of cameras around. There are many variables involved and there are lengthy books written on the subject, so if all you want to do is quickly sell your laptop and minimize all of the hassle and learning curve, I would simply let someone else sell it for you. Trying to maximize your income from the sale increases the difficulty proportionally. I hope this helps.
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