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Craigslist Tips For Your Success

Craigslist is a forum for people all over the world to post and answer classified - like ads. You will find that these tips for using Craigslist will be helpful in explaining what you should and should not do on Craigslists.

First up, the single most important thing to remember when selling a product or service on Craigslist is to be very descriptive in what you are selling. The more information you provide about your product or service, the more responses you are likely to receive. Include colors, styles, makes and models. If you can add pictures, the better. Remember, a picture paints a thousand words, It does so in Craigslist, anyway.

Another Craigslist tip for you to follow is always be honest in selling your product or service. If you portray the item that you are selling to be like new, or almost new, it better look like it. There is nothing worse than to portray your item as something it's not. Nobody wants to anticipate purchasing a nice, new, in good condition item, only to find out it looks old and ratty.

Craigslist tips will always include a tip on pricing. Never overprice your product or service. Your response rate will drop. If you're not sure how to price your item, browse around Craigslist to see if there are any like items or services advertised, then take your pricing cue from that.

Again, Craigslist tips will usually include a tip on over posting. Craigslist frowns upon over posting, and you do not want to risk getting your account shut down. Also, Craigslist members self police the site, so don't think you will be getting away for over posting and posting in different categories with the same ad for long. You will have your ad flagged by your fellow Craigslisters. Also, it's a no no to post the same ad in different geographical locations.

Next, another very important Craigslist tip, and one that I follow myself, is when posting your ad, always use the e-mail address that Craigslist will provide you with an anonymous e-mail for which inquiries can be referred to.

Another Craigslist tip that's worth noting, and again one I always follow is to be polite when you are posting and when you are responding to a Craigslist ad. Don't present with an attitude of superiority or think that what you are selling is gold. You will not be responded to well.

Also, when selling on Craigslist, never sensationalize your ads. "The Most Amazing" this or "The Best In The World" that only serves to made your ad look cheap and hoaky. Using good strong headlines, will bring you more clicks that a weak headline. Always describe what your ad is about, so they know what they are clicking on. Vague, silly headlines will not get your more responses and may even get your ad flagged.

Another Craigslist tip to follow is always take down your ad after you have sold the item, or if the item is not for sale any more. Outdated ads are a nuisance to both buy and seller.

Another Craigslist tip to heed is always post your ad in the appropriate category. Don't think that you will get a better result posting an irrelevant ad in popular category because you think you will get more responses. You will not get a better response. You might get flagged. If you persist doing this, you could risk losing your Craigslist account altogether. If your are selling a stove in the personals category you will be wasting your time. Likewise if you are trying to buy a dining room set, don't look in the help wanteds. I know it sounds like common sense, but if you browse Craigslist ads, you will see how many items are inappropriately categorized.

These tips for using Craigslist can help you enhance your Craigslist experience and that I use all the time. As a frequent Craigslister myself, through trial and error, I have found these tips for using Craigslist to be effective and will allow you to get the most out of your experience. Good Luck!


By Gina Pisano - Gina is a registered nurse with over 20 years experience in various clinical settings, such as emergency room nursing, labor & delivery, surgical services, intensive care, geriatrics, pediatrics and general...  

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