If you are serious about selling, save yourself from replying to numerous emails about the condition, size etc. Include ALL important details in your listing. I ALWAYS include that the item comes from a non-smoking home, so if this applies to your item I would say so. Before I started doing this, I got this question a lot.
This was the listing I used for the sofa and loveseat we sold after it was listed for 1 day.
Dark Gray Sofa & Loveseat in Great Condition $400
Charcoal gray, contemporary sofa and loveseat for sale in great condition. There are no noticeable stains, tears or areas of heavy wear and comes from a clean, non-smoking home. The 2 back cushions and 2 seat cushions on each piece are removable and have zippered covers for easy cleaning. Cash only.
Sofa measures 84'' long, 30'' deep and the top of the seat cushion measures 17'' from the floor.
Loveseat measures 72'' long, 30'' deep and 17'' high.
Please let me know if you have further questions or would like to see additional pictures.
*I included a few other sofa pics on the listing
3. Set a reasonable price. No one is going to buy a 30 year old, dated, nameless china cabinet for $1000.
I have always had the mentality that Craigslist is used to get rid of my unwanted junk. I've never thought of it as a way to make lots of money. Although the extra cash is nice, the primary goal for me when I sell an item to get it out of my home. If you think that you are going to make hundreds or even thousands from selling old crap in your basement, you will be disappointed. If you are looking to sell high-end furniture, I would suggest contacting a local furniture re-sale store or antique dealer. You will get more for your money that way.
This is an example of what NOT to do-
Skirted Table for $125 firm. *original post HERE
I would list this for $25, not $125. I would recommend they remove the faded floral fabric as well.
'Book Case that holds a lot' via
If you are selling a bookcase, hutch or cabinet, either empty the piece entirely or artfully stage it. This cluttered bookcase picture does absolutely nothing except make you think the owner is a lazy slob.
Okay, so your listing is up and running. Now what?
1. Screen responses. As a general rule, if I receive an email 30 seconds after I have posted an item asking if it's still available, I usually don't respond. Unfortunately, scammers are constantly patrolling Craigslist. If anyone responds asking to wire you money for the item, pay you more that the listed price or if their email address is gibberish like xkhilkems @gmail... do NOT respond. Do not even respond with, "I know this is a scam", because then they will have already won. They then have your personal email address and most likely your full name. I also don't bother responding if the email is filled with misspelled basic words, usually a red flag that you are dealing with someone not local and not a serious potential buyer.
2. Safety First! I always recommend meeting people at a public place, such as a grocery store parking lot or even near a police station. Have someone with you if possible. Do not get into anyone's car. If the item is too big or you are not able to meet at a public spot and they have to come to your house, move the item out to your garage. Do not allow strangers into your home. Always have someone else there with you. A big dog barking inside is also helpful:) Also, I do not include my name or phone number the listing. Craigslist offers an option to hide your personal email address, which I highly recommend doing. Because Craigslist is a public forum, anyone can see your listing.
3. Accept cash only.