Craigslist.org was born as a community electronic newsletter in 1995 and is now one of the most visited websites.
Its main function is to host ads that are classified in categories that practically cover every term you can think of (sales, job posting, services etc).
The website provides a non commercial way to connect with other people. All transactions are between the person who posted the ad and the person responding to it. Craigslist doesn’t get involved in any of the transactions – unless a user reports a problem.
Posting for any category on Craigslist is free, and it is also free to browse and respond to ads.
How can it be possible to earn money on Craigslist, then? Well, it is possible, and there is also more than one method to achieve this goal.
Read on to find out how to earn money on Craigslist.
1. Selling on Craigslist
The first and simplest way to earn money on Craigslist is to sell items through the platform.
Selling on Craigslist isn’t a complicated procedure: the first thing you have to do is to choose ‘for sale by owner’ from the types of posting you’re creating. Then, you’ll need to choose a category from the list. Finally, can create the item listing.
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If you want to sell successfully. You may need to follow a few tips.
Write a catchy title.
Your item title should be informative, but not too wordy. Avoid packing your title with adjectives. Mention the brand of the object rather than using words like ‘Amazing’ or ‘can’t miss!’. It’s your item title, not an advertisement.
Use honest, but appealing images.
Take well-lighted pictures of the real object you’re selling, and make sure to have a neutral background.
Write a description of your item.
Any information that won’t fit in the tile can be mentioned in the item description. Indicate the object flaws, if it has any, but don’t dwell on them. Keep the description upbeat and succinct.
Pick the right price.
Doing some research on Craigslist can be useful when picking the price for your item. See how much people are paying for products like yours, but keep in mind that there can be non-price factors that influence the buyers. For example, a buyer can choose to pay a little more for an item if it’s within an easy drive from their home.
2. Re-selling on Craigslist
Another way to make money on Craigslist is to buy items on the site and resell them for a higher price. This can be done especially with items for which the demand changes during the year. For example, you can buy conditioners in winter and re-selling them during summer when the demand is higher and you can increase the chance of selling them at a higher price.
An effective way to boost the price for your items, and increase your income, would be to refresh or restore the products. You could give new life to furniture or appliances, clean dirty items, or do small repairs. List all the improvements you brought to the item on your Craigslist selling post, it will help justify the new price.
With time, good work and creative ideas, you can turn your activity on Craigslist into some serious income.
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