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Shopping Tips for Craigslist
Online shopping is fun and easy, and if you know where to look it can also be very cheap!
Craigslist is one such platform, which surpasses sites like etsy, Amazon and eBay when it comes to furniture listings and technology and also provides users with search results that cater to your particular location and region.
So instead of figuring out your way around Craigslist by trial and error, here are a few handy tips to get you started.
1. Check Often, Be Patient
Craigslist functions like a blog and so you’ll find new and more recent listings near the top and older listings that still have not sold out as you scroll down.
It is always best to invest a bit of time and scroll down to check prices being offered for products that can be compared. Prices also change often, depending on how much time has passed and maybe you saw something for an outrageous price a week ago but it’s still available, and so you can contact the seller with a lower price offering.
2. Flip Through the Pictures
Craigslist gives you the option to navigate through the list looking at the products’ images. This is efficient and avoids wasting time, as you don’t have to click on individual listings to see what they look like. All the images will show up side by side, with their price and advertisement link below.
3. Know When to Bargain
It probably won’t serve you well if you start bargaining with someone who posted the ad barely five minutes ago. The seller will naturally wait it out to see if he or she finds someone willing to pay the asking price.
It is also important to check how much that particular product or products of that kind are selling for. This way you will know not to offer a price lower than the average price of that product on Craigslist.
4. Look out for the FREE Stuff
People often post about discarded objects they have left on the sidewalk outside their homes. This option is a hit-or-miss. If you have a car at your disposal, it never hurts to check these listings in your area.
5. Be Polite and Precise!
No one wants paragraphs from you. The seller will be interested in knowing who you are, what price you are willing to pay, why you are interested and what time you can pick the item up.
Keep it short and simple. If the seller wants to make a deal, he or she will respond!
It is also important to know a scam or a fraud when you see one, and to be safe when you go to check out an item at the seller’s place. It is always a good idea to take a friend or two with you before entering a stranger’s house and to let a few people know where to find you. Don’t give out your credit card information to anyone. And steer clear of deals that seem too good to be true; chances are, they’re probably a scam.
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