I purchased my Sprinter Van a little over 2 years ago expecting to move into it within a few months. But I drastically misjudged how long it would take to build out the interior. In the meantime, I have been slowly getting rid of everything I own and doing various road trips and overseas adventures. I booked a trip with Nomad Cruise for the beginning of May 2017. I will be floating across the ocean for 2 weeks, starting in Colombia and headed for Portugal. Once I arrive, I plan to stay in Europe for 2-3 months. I figured it made more sense stop paying LA rent and use it on travel instead. I decided to get rid of my apartment which is just an expensive-ass storage unit at this point. So, I’ve expedited my plan to sell my shit and pared it down to essentials. I separated my things into 3 piles…must keep, not sure and crap I don’t need.
Over the years I’ve sold thousands of dollars worth of crap on Craigslist, eBay, and Facebook Marketplace. I’ve become a master at selling used shit online. I’ve learned what draws a potential buyer in and it starts with dope-ass photos of the item in good condition. Then it needs a decent description and a reasonable price base off similar items currently selling out there. Over the years, I’ve come up with some tricks for selling used items online.
Favorite Technique for Selling a Good Quality Item on Craigslist
My top technique for selling on Craigslist is making multiple posts of the same product with different prices and quality of photos. For example, let’s say I want to sell some electronic gizmo. I look up what it’s selling for online. It’s going for an average of $100. So I set that as my goal price. I’ll take some meh photos of it, post for $130-$150. Then in a few days, I’ll take some much better photos in a different location so it looks like a legit new post from someone else and post it for $110-$120. After two posts of the same product, I’ll get more inquiries and almost always for the cheaper one cuz people usually look up prices for related shit. Almost everyone tries to barter and the lame asses will just ask “what’s your lowest price” cuz they are lazy and cheap. I usually respond with something sassy and a higher amount than what I posted cuz they are irritating. Bartering is fine but that shit is against my religion. 😂
Eventually, I’ll get someone to buy the item for the price I want. The weird thing about craigslist/Facebook Marketplace/etc. is that it ebbs and flows in interest for various products. For some products, I will get no hits for weeks and then all of a sudden I will have multiple messages for most of my listed items at once. Sometimes it’s a waiting game and ya have to be patient and not get desperate.
My spare mattress that was pretty much new was not selling or getting any hits for weeks. I had to move out of my apartment in two weeks, so I started getting worried. Then I got one hit and the girl was like, I’d love to buy it but I don’t need it until June cuz that’s when I’m moving. I wasn’t going to be in the country and didn’t want to lose this potential buyer. So I decided being sassy was a good move…lol. I told her to hide it in the corner or put it on top of her current bed and just have a monster bed. Somehow that worked. The stars aligned and she agreed to buy it for my asking price of $350 if I delivered it. I bought it for $600 from Tuft and Needle. She was like an hour away. Yey. I showed up on time like a ninja, she forgot I was delivering the bed even though I sent her a reminder text that morn. Her roommate came out and put the bed in the garage. I sat there watching Netflix for 40 minutes while she finished her shopping and hoping shit wouldn’t get more awkward. When she arrived she apologized a lot and then paid me without even looking at the mattress.
Then I had to rush home just in time to meet another human who bought my fancy ass Yeti cooler for my asking price of $250. I had that posted for about 1-2 months. One of the more irritating things about Facebook Marketplace is I get like 30% of the inquiries in Spanish. Normally I ask if they speak English cuz I don’t have time to fuck around with Google Translate but I had an inquiry for an item I’ve been trying to sell for a while. So I brushed up on my Spanish skills which was really just 10% me remembering a few basic words and 90% Google Translate. I think I’m supposed to be selling some bike wheels to someone who doesn’t speak English and I can basically say “I am an elephant” in Spanish. Apparently, my Google Translate Spanish worked cuz he showed up but was a few hours later than he said he would arrive. He paid and then proceeded on his way with the wheels on his back while riding his bike. lol
Selling used shit isn’t exactly easy or quick if you want to make some ok money. This weekend’s haul was about $700ish with the 3 big ticket items and a few piddly ones. It was a very odd weekend in selling shit. Ya never know how the market will respond. After this weekend, I can now say that I have sold most of what I own and all my furniture! I’m just left with a few things I’ll donate and a pile of boxes, oh and my fleet of bikes. ;P I hope all my shit fits, good thing I got the big van!