Learn how to sell on Craigslist using the tips mentioned in this free lesson. It also offers things to watch out for to keep you safe.
Need to sell something quickly? Craigslist is a website you can use to view and post local advertisements. It works just like the Classifieds section of a newspaper, and it's completely free to use. We'll show you how to post something for sale on Craigslist, along with some tips for creating the best type of listing and how to stay safe when making a transaction. Watch this video to get started:
To get started, go to www.craigslist.org in your web browser, then locate and select post to classifieds.
Select the type of posting you want to make. In this example, we're selling a bicycle, so we'll choose for sale by owner.
Next, choose a category for your item. We'll choose bicycles.
This is where you'll add information about the item. Pay special attention to the contact info section near the top. We recommend using the Craigslist mail relay option.
You'll only want to provide your email address here. This creates a temporary email address, and any messages you receive about the item will be forwarded to your inbox. We don't recommend adding your phone number here, just for the sake of privacy.
We recommend providing as much detail as possible here. The more questions you can answer at this stage, the easier it will be to sell your item. As with your phone number, we don't recommend adding your physical address for this initial posting, so you'll want to uncheck the box next to Show on Maps.
The Image Uploader page should appear. This is where you can include a photo of the item, which is highly recommended. To get started, click Add Images.
A dialog box will appear. Locate and select some photos from your computer.
The images will appear so you can preview them. If you want to change the main (featured) image that's associated with your post, just click and drag any image to the far or top left.
At this point, you'll need to check the email address you provided and look for a message from Craigslist. Once you open the message, locate and select the very first link you see.
Ok, so now what? At this point, you'll have to wait until someone contacts you about your posting. If you used the CL Mail Relay option as we suggested, you should see messages about your posting in your inbox. Depending on the item you're selling, people may have follow-up questions about the item, or they may just want to come see it in person.
Basically, you'll need to choose a time and place to meet with interested buyers to let them see the item and decide if they'll purchase it.
Here comes the part where you'll need to take your transaction into the real world. And while the majority of transactions on Craigslist are completely safe, you'll want to take some basic precautions whenever you use the site:
If you're selling something you can't take to a public place, such as furniture, we recommend having at least an extra person with you for safety.
As with any service like this, use your best judgment. If an offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is. And if you don't feel comfortable during a transaction, you can always ask the buyer to leave. Check out Craigslist's personal safety tips page for even more advice.
After you've sold your item, you'll want to go back to your original email from Craigslist, use the link to open the manage posting page, then delete the posting. This will prevent other people from contacting you about the item.
We hope this article has given you a good overview of the selling process for Craigslist! We'd also recommend Craigslist's Help and FAQ page for even more advice about using the site.