Craigslist Secrets - How to Successfully Sell Your Stuff!
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Craigslist Secrets - How to Successfully Sell Your Stuff!

Essential Craigslist tips & techniques
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Created by Sicco Rood
Last updated 12/2014
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  • 4 articles
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What you'll learn
  • You will know how and when to sell on Craigslist
  • Optimize your ad listings so you can stand out and sell fast and profitably
  • Have great interactions and win-win negotiations with your buyers
  • Know the ins and outs of Craigslist
  • Know the ways to make your transactions safe
  • Find out what your items are worth
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  • If you have a mobile device, install the Udemy app first, so you can take this course while on the go
  • No prior knowledge of Craigslist is required

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Learn how to make money selling your stuff successfully on Craigslist, a popular and free site! After taking this course, selling your stuff online will be both easy an profitable, and accomplished without any special software or skills.

Every wonder why some folks sell their items much faster on Craigslist? Do you wonder how you could best get rid of the things you have laying around? How you can make your buyer feel like they got a great deal? 

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Sell your used items for the price they're worth.
  • Make quick sales.
  • Practice the best methods to posting photos
  • Write attention grabbing titles and descriptions
  • Remove the clutter from your life!
  • You will have the tools and methods that will make your spring cleaning not only profitable, but also a breeze, as well as fun!
  • Master selling techniques using Craigslist!

A great skill to have for both beginners and intermediate Craigslist sellers.

The format is video lectures with notes, that contain tips and bullet-ed summaries. Try the techniques in this course, and come back to tweak them and learn more.

What this course is not: Selling services or techniques that go against Craigslist Terms of Service (TOS). In fact, I'll show you that you don't need to break any rules to get your stuff sold!

I designed this course to be easily understood by both beginners as well as intermediate Craigslist users.

Who this course is for:
  • This Craigslist course is perfect for you, if you are new to using Craigslist, but will also help those of you who have been using Craigslist for a while and you want to sell better and faster
  • Intermediate Craigslist sellers looking to increase their selling skills
Course content
Expand all 25 lectures 01:22:43
+ Welcome to this course!
4 lectures 11:58

Welcome to the course, and brief course overview

Preview 02:22

Craigslist history

All ad postings are free except for job, apartment rentals, cars for sale, and therapeutic ad postings in some areas.

This course is about learning how to use Craigslist to get the interest and attention of buyers, so you can sell your stuff fast and for the money you want, as well as have a good experience doing it. There is a fundamental dynamic that is helpful in understanding where you will end up.

If a seller is desperate to sell, the buyer will likely get a great deal. If you are a seller and willing to be patient, you can get some extra money. If the buyer is in need of an item, the seller can get away with getting a higher price. So if you want to sell fast, you will also need to charge similar to what others sell the same item on Craigslist. If you have more time, you can squeeze a little extra out of the sale in front of a buyer who's in need of your item.

The rest of this course will show you ways in which you can get the most out of your sale with the least amount of hassle.

Preview 04:39

This lecture describes in more detail why you really need to consider Craigslist for selling, over other alternatives like eBay, Amazon, classifieds, and yard sales, or even thrift stores.

  • Realize and learn that you most likely have stuff laying around that you don't use, and someone else would like to pay you for it.
  • Confidently sell your stuff using Craigslist.
  • Step by step what to do with the stuff you want to get rid of.
  • How to post,
  • What to look out for
  • How to charge the right price
  • How to communicate and negotiate with buyers
  • Have less clutter in your life!

Buying new doesn't make sense for most things, think of depreciation as soon as you buy something new.

For most things it does not make much sense to use eBay or Amazon or the local paper. Here is a recap of some of the reasons.

  • Craigslist is free and fast!
  • YOU get to keep all the profits when you sell through Craigslist.
  • Paper ads are expensive, time limited, and you don't get to write out long descriptions or add multiple photos.
  • Items on Craigslist can often sell faster
  • Sale is local, no shipping cost
  • Very easy to post on Craigslist
  • While eBay may be a good option to sell rare items and collectibles. On Ebay there are more forms to fill out, figuring out shipping costs, packing and shipping your items, and finally hoping that your items don't break during shipping). Ebay and Amazon take a cut (up to 10% for some items on eBay),
  • No packing time and cost
  • Local pickup, and cash, so you don't even have to leave your house!
Why use Craigslist?

This course won't cover particularly aggressive hustling techniques like figuring out ways to post a new ad every few hours, or multiple versions, or buying to fix and flip. I'm also not wanting to promote unethical techniques against Craigslist terms of service. There is really no need for that! If you do the things mentioned in this course, your selling experience will be very successful!

What this course is not about (hustling, services, etc)
+ How to use Craigslist
1 lecture 09:05

Brief tour of Craigslist and how to search, filter, and favorite.

Advanced Search

Phrase Search

You can use quotation marks to search for a phrase:

"low miles"

Excluding Terms (filtering)

honda black -red

This search finds postings that have 'honda' and 'black' but not 'red'.

"OR" Searches

honda | toyota

This search finds postings that have 'honda' or 'toyota' (or both).


You can group terms together in parenthesis when queries are complicated:

red (toyota | honda) -2000 -2001

This finds listings that have 'red' and either 'honda' or 'toyota' (or both) but do not have 2000 or 2001.


  • hond* civ* (match "honda civic", "honda civil", etc)
  • wood floo* (matches "wood floors," "wood flooring", etc)
  • iphon* (matches "iphone," "ipones," "iphone5," etc)

Use 2 or more characters before the * and none following it, e.g. "ip*d" will not work

Brief tour of Craigslist searching, ways you can filter results, and favorite..
+ How to get started with selling!
2 lectures 09:30

Really just about anything! If you are not sure and want to validate that someone else is selling it, just do a search, and make sure to include other areas, if no results show up. Except things like rusty boards with nails sticking out, or expired food, or guns!

Some examples of things you can sell for good money:

  • Appliances (fridges, washers and dryers are always in demand due to people moving in and out, renting, etc)
  • Gym and sports equipment
  • Musical instruments
  • Furniture
  • Firewood
  • DVD and CD collections
  • Electronics like your old phones, TV's, stereos etc
  • Collectibles like old records, baseball cards, etc (if the market for collectibles is small in your area, then you may be better off selling through other sites like ebay)
  • Garden equipment like mowers, snowblowers, etc
What kind of stuff can I put on Craigslist?

Browse within Craigslist to see what others are charging for items. Then watch when the ads get deleted (so you know how fast things sell at that price). You can favorite certain ads easily by clicking on the small star to the left of the posting title (upper left in grid view). It should turn yellow.

If you have an unusual or rare item, like a collectible, and don't have enough comparables of the particular item in your area, simply broaden your search area to include other cities using this site

You can also check Ebay to see what the items go for like collectibles or parts. The fact that you can't find the item on Graigslist and other areas, is probably a good indicator that perhaps you should be selling your rare items, or parts on Ebay, rather than Craigslist.

Researching what your item is worth
+ How to Post your Ad, and get sales!
11 lectures 35:12

What is selling successfully all about?

Benefits over features explained.

Intro to Posting Ads on Craigslist

Be sure to pick the right category to post if one exists for your item. Remember that many folks do not use search, they may only look for items through the category option.

If a category does not exist, then pick the "General" category, and add keywords! (see description)

Picking the right Category

It is the first thing people see, so make sure it stands out and gets attention!! (Use AIDA principle)

The title's keywords are crucial. It is what people search for, so helps the search engine find your ad. Be sure to include as many keywords as possible without creating a confusing ad.

ex. Include the brand and name of the item, make, and is possible the quality or condition of the item.

See an ad example, it is best to just experiment.

Example 1:

Post Title: Great Looking and Working Jenn-Air Downdraft Range! Won't Last! GREAT PRICE

Example 2 Adding some symbols to your title (ASCII code, see all possibliities below)

ASCII Character Set for Craigslist

For more detailed code, go here

Simply copy the code ( e.g., ▀ ) to the right of the shape you want to show in your Craigslist title and paste that code into the Craigslist title field when setting up your Craiglist post.

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Title your Ad and stand out from the crowd!

The more concise information you supply in the description, the better.

People appreciate that you put some effort into describing the item, it shows you are serious and considerate.

First, people don't have to wonder if it has this or that feature, or what condition it is in. You also avoid all the inquiries. For example, by adding the dimensions, you avoid the emails and calls about does this fridge fit in my kitchen?

Be sure to describe the condition in detail, that will avoid frustrated buyers who may assume that it is in mint condition and then discover that something is missing, or they will need to buy some parts. By being honest, your transactions will go much better.

Include specs. You can simply copy and paste the items specs, and dimensions from the manufacturer's web site.

While you've already had to enter the price in a separate box, you can remind the buyer in the description of the price, and if you're willing to negotiate (OBO), or if you are willing to throw in an extra, such as delivery, or help loading the item. This builds up further goodwill with the buyer.

And finally, be sure to check if you need to include any additional keywords that you may not have used to describe the item, but that folks may use to find your item. Please do not use inappropriate keywords that have nothing to do with the item, just so you can show up on more search results. This will only clutter up CL, and get your ad flagged by users and then removed.

Writing a Full description of your item

Things and tips to check when adding photos. How to get great deals on cameras if you need one. The importance of light. Explanations of why posting multiple images helps.

Preview 04:06
PLEASE note, that being able to edit images is a helpful extra, but not required. This video gives you some ideas on how to "stage" and edit images for use on Craigslist. At the time of this writing, the best possible image size for craigslist is: 600 x 450 pixels Any images will post though, but there might be distortion, so you may want to crop to the size shown above, using the tools discussed in this video. That said, you don't have to be able to do image editing. If you want to avoid doing image editing, simply take good pictures (with tripod if necessary), and always make sure you have good lighting, and no distractions surrounding the object. If you don't have good lighting, use daylight. Move the object outside if you don't have good lighting. Just make sure you have a neutral background.
Photo editing and posting

Think about your item and the folks looking for them. Do they work during the day away from home, or work from home. Do they have time to pick up the item in the middle of the day?

Since most people work mon-Fri, be sure to post either early, before work, or after work, and then perhaps again at night for those who want to pick up the next morning before they go to work. Otherwise your posting may be two pages down by the time folks start looking for your item.

When are the best times to post and sell?

Researching pricing, see video lecture 6. Firm or OBO. depends on your willingness to sell for lower, or stick to a specific price.

What to charge; check the prices first

If you want to give the buyers the most ways to contact you, you can include both your phone and email. Note that Craigslist nowadays hides your email, by routing it through a randomized email address. That way when folks email you, they can't see your email address. More detailed explanation on how your email gets protected from spammers and scammers.

More FAQ's regarding email communication can be found here

Contact information and privacy

There are two ways to get your listing to the top, either renew the ad (which you can do every 48 hours on an active post), or delete and re-post the ad. A post in most cities will last 45 days regardless of whether you renew it. In larger cities the post may expire after just 7 days. So once it is expired and you cannot renew the post, simply re-post it.

Both these methods will put your post back to the top of the list.

Note: Re-posting will create a copy of your original post.

Note #2. Be aware that if you repost for weeks, that this could mean that your item is just priced to high. Be sure to lower the price if that is the case, or you will get flagged with users who get tired of your re-posting.

Reposting to get back to the top of the list!

If you have gotten this far, and you have learned even just one tip or trick that will help you sell that item that has been collecting dust in your garage or attic. Then I would love you to take just a few seconds and click the rate button (5 stars would be most appreciated!) Thanks for helping me continue to add value to this course!

Please help!
+ Dealing and Communcation with Buyers
3 lectures 09:35

Deal with Locals only, and only accept cash.

Avoid money orders, checks, travelers checks, etc. In fact especially money orders are most likely scams to get you to pay. There is no reason why the buyer can't go to the bank or grocery store to get cash. If they can't, just wait for the next buyer. It is not worth dealing with that.

Scammers will ask you for money, or are out of town. And others will post inappropriate ads, which you can flag. Bottom line, always deal locally, and face-to-face, and you'll avoid 99.9% of issues.

More info:

Phishing is rare, but here are the signs. Just avoid clicking on emails pretending to be from craiglist, asking you to log in and provide information.

More info:

Be sure to read the TOS first, before flagging. See an example of a scammer message in the resources area.

Why only dealing in CASH is so important! And avoiding non-locals and Scammers

This goes over how to identify tire kickers and no shows, and how to save your energy by first making sure they are truly interested.

Possibly leave just your phone number, and a good time to reach you at.

Make sure you pin down the time right away.

How to avoid wasting time with no-shows and tire kickers
Selling your stuff Quiz
1 question

Make sure to get a good sense of the buyer. If the buyer sounds good, you can provide your address. If you are uncomfortable with buyers at your house, you can keep buyers out of the house, is to bring the item out into the garage. This avoids the buyer from checking out your house. Otherwise, select a place near you, like a grocery store parking lot. This is a public space, making it safer. You can also bring someone with you.

Safety First! Selling from your home or arranging a meeting place
+ Additional Resources
2 lectures 01:28

You can find the official Craigslist FAQ here:

If you have any questions about what was covered in this course, I will put the questions and answers here, and then possibly create new videos about it. So go ahead and put any questions in the discussion area to the right.

Craigslist FAQ

Craigslist Apps you can use on your smart phone or other mobile devices.

5 Useful Craigslist Apps
+ Enjoying Selling through Craigslist? Bonus Lectures
2 lectures 05:53
Conclusion and Thank you!!

                      This video shows you how you can set up a Google Voice account, so you can have a separate phone number for all your craigslist buyers.

                        This allows you to keep your personal number private.

                        - It also allows you to block certain callers through Google Voice.

                        Google voice not only saves each message as a sound file, but also transcribes each message, so you can read the voice message

                        You can also set up voicemail notifications, and text notifications.

How to Use Craiglist Without using your Personal Phone # by using Google Voice