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    Default Quick Craigslist question

    I am ashamed to admit my inexperience, but I have never bought anything off of Craigslist. Would I be correct in assuming that this is a venue in which bargaining is common and expected?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clark Addison View Post
    I am ashamed to admit my inexperience, but I have never bought anything off of Craigslist. Would I be correct in assuming that this is a venue in which bargaining is common and expected?
    absolutely. Pretend you are at a yard sale or a swap meet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cougjunkie View Post
    absolutely. Pretend you are at a yard sale or a swap meet.
    Or a street corner with the nice young lady/boy/tranny leaning in your car window. It is a negotiation.

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    For all of those guys that think meeting women on Craigslist and then conning them out of some money is a good idea, I present this story:

    http://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/09/10/...ult/index.html

    A few women on the side here and there and a few thousand dollars extracted from them and next thing you know they superglue your penis to your stomach.

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    Default I <heart> craigslist!

    I tell you what, craigslist plus a down economy is an absolute goldmine.
    Need someone to haul off old king-sized mattress and 3-4 other household items. Pay negotiable. Reply to Jake with bids.
    ('Jake' is babs, btw.)

    Bidder one: "You won't find anybody to do it for less than $95. I can do it later today. Just let me know where to show up."

    Bidder two: "I do this kind of thing all the time. I'll do it for $75."

    Bidders three and four: $50.

    Bidder five: "Normally I'd charge 45, but business is slow and I'll do it for $35."

    Folks, I think we have a winner. lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Babs View Post
    I tell you what, craigslist plus a down economy is an absolute goldmine.
    ('Jake' is babs, btw.)

    Bidder one: "You won't find anybody to do it for less than $95. I can do it later today. Just let me know where to show up."

    Bidder two: "I do this kind of thing all the time. I'll do it for $75."

    Bidders three and four: $50.

    Bidder five: "Normally I'd charge 45, but business is slow and I'll do it for $35."

    Folks, I think we have a winner. lol.
    I thought this was going to be about the casual encounters portion of cl. Disappointing.

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    You should have called your home teachers. This could have been done for free
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    Quote Originally Posted by FN Phat View Post
    You should have called your home teachers. This could have been done for free
    yeah, I totally meant to convert before the move so I could call up the EQ.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Babs View Post
    yeah, I totally meant to convert before the move so I could call up the EQ.
    It's actually more effective if you "keep them on the hook" rather than convert. You could get all kinds of free stuff.

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    We sold almost all of our furniture on craigslist when we packed up to move. We met a few weirdos but got way more money than we would have at a yardsale.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueHair View Post
    It's actually more effective if you "keep them on the hook" rather than convert. You could get all kinds of free stuff.
    No kidding! Missionaries still pop by from time to time and ask "Is there anything we can do to help you guys out? Yard work? Anything?" If it wouldn't make me feel bad, I'd love to have them help finish some concrete (if I could trust them not to eff it up... there is always the one elder who can barely tuck in his shirt, let alone finish concrete). The ironic thing is, they would probably love to do some work for us, just as a diversion from the usual stuff they have to do. If I could get the work without the invitations and 'spirtul messages,' maybe... but in the long run, Mexicans are cheaper than missionaries.

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    Need someone to haul off old king-sized mattress and 3-4 other household items. Pay negotiable. Reply to Jake with bids.
    Wrong strategy. Here's what you should have posted:

    Old king-sized mattress and 3-4 other household items. $35 for the lot. Please haul off by Tuesday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Katy Lied View Post
    Wrong strategy. Here's what you should have posted:
    Right. This is what my sister said, too. But it's illegal to resell mattresses in the state of Oklahoma. Plus it's just plain nasty.

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    Craigslist is great, but for local Utahns, KSL Classifieds is king! Love it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Babs View Post
    Right. This is what my sister said, too. But it's illegal to resell mattresses in the state of Oklahoma. Plus it's just plain nasty.
    I'm not giving up so fast:

    3-4 Household items, $40. Will consider a 50% discount if you haul off a king sized mattress.
    Dang it, I just know you can get anyone on CraigsList to do anything you want if you use the right approach.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Babs View Post
    yeah, I totally meant to convert before the move so I could call up the EQ.
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    We recently purchased a vintage living room set (Viko Baumritter line, from the '60s before Baumritter became Ethan Allen) and an authentic greasy spoon diner table and four chairs off of Craig's List. The Baumritter looks like it could have been walked off the set of Mad Men. I <3 Craigslist 2.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Babs View Post
    I tell you what, craigslist plus a down economy is an absolute goldmine.
    ('Jake' is babs, btw.)

    Bidder one: "You won't find anybody to do it for less than $95. I can do it later today. Just let me know where to show up."

    Bidder two: "I do this kind of thing all the time. I'll do it for $75."

    Bidders three and four: $50.

    Bidder five: "Normally I'd charge 45, but business is slow and I'll do it for $35."

    Folks, I think we have a winner. lol.
    I would have done it for $30.
    *Banned*

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    I sold an old fridge/freezer and a rubbermaid storage shed for more than I thought I could.
    Got a nearly new Pottery Barn buffet at 40% of the price of new. I love it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Katy Lied View Post
    Wrong strategy. Here's what you should have posted:
    "Old king-sized mattress and 3-4 other household items. $35 for the lot. Please haul off by Tuesday. "
    Craigslist has a "free" section in the For Sale area. I've gotten quite a few things hauled off that way. You still have to deal with the flakes that always respond to the CL ads, but it usually doesn't take too long to find someone to come get your junk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott R Nelson View Post
    You still have to deal with the flakes that always respond to the CL ads, but it usually doesn't take too long to find someone to come get your junk.
    Yes, finding someone to handle the junk seems to be what CL is most popular for, anymore.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Babs View Post
    Right. This is what my sister said, too. But it's illegal to resell mattresses in the state of Oklahoma. Plus it's just plain nasty.
    ?really? Lame! I sold a Queen mattress for 100 bucks off of Craigs list about a year ago.

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    A client of mine didn't have the means to pay me, so he bartered with me and I accepted a desk with a hutch, return and custom-made bevel edged glass tops.

    He paid $1300 three years ago (and bought it on sale from $1900) and paid a combined total of $500 for the glass placed on top (I didn't know it was so expensive).

    The desk, hutch and return are still in very good shape. Is it realistic to get $800 out of this thing via craigslist? For an equivalent item new, you'd have to pay about $1800 (if you count the glass). I went for the deal because there was a very high possibility I wasn't going to get anything else out of this guy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Color Me Badd Fan View Post
    Is it realistic to get $800 out of this thing via craigslist?
    If it's worth that much to somebody, yes.

    But you'll have to deal with a lot of flakes who will try to get you to drop the price, or say they want it then never get back with you, or want to make monthly payments, or want to trade you something else. Craigslist works great to get a huge audience for what you're selling. But many of the people in that huge audience are often people you really would rather not deal with.

    But at least it only costs time to advertise things there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Color Me Badd Fan View Post
    A client of mine didn't have the means to pay me, so he bartered with me and I accepted a desk with a hutch, return and custom-made bevel edged glass tops.

    He paid $1300 three years ago (and bought it on sale from $1900) and paid a combined total of $500 for the glass placed on top (I didn't know it was so expensive).

    The desk, hutch and return are still in very good shape. Is it realistic to get $800 out of this thing via craigslist?
    Expensive desks are hard to sell. You'll probably do well to get $500. Browse the craigslist ads where you live and see if you can find anything similar to give you an idea of a fair price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott R Nelson View Post
    If it's worth that much to somebody, yes.

    But you'll have to deal with a lot of flakes who will try to get you to drop the price, or say they want it then never get back with you, or want to make monthly payments, or want to trade you something else. Craigslist works great to get a huge audience for what you're selling. But many of the people in that huge audience are often people you really would rather not deal with.

    But at least it only costs time to advertise things there.
    I saw a listing for what appears to be a very early 90s entertainment center. It looks like it has that pale, white-washed Oak looking veneer stuff. They want, I'm not kidding, $300. It looks like it will fit a standard definition 27 inch TV. It looks like the kind of thing that comes in a box that you would have bought at Target for $150 back in 1991.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Color Me Badd Fan View Post
    I saw a listing for what appears to be a very early 90s entertainment center. It looks like it has that pale, white-washed Oak looking veneer stuff. They want, I'm not kidding, $300. It looks like it will fit a standard definition 27 inch TV. It looks like the kind of thing that comes in a box that you would have bought at Target for $150 back in 1991.
    It's not hard to find Craigslist ads with prices that bear no resemblance to reality. And I'm sure the people wonder why nobody was interested in whatever they were selling.

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    We gave a bunch of stuff to my niece and her husband when they got married - sofa, chairs, kitchen table, etc, etc, etc.

    A year ago, they moved in with us -she was our live-in nanny until her husband finished school at BYU. They're moving out, headed off to law school now, and somehow they thought we wanted all the stuff back.

    "Ummmm - nope. It's your stuff now. Get rid of it."

    One ad an Craigslist, and all of it - and more! - was gone in a couple hours...

    "Free" apparently has a lot of pull in Utah County. And most of it was actually in very good shape. That probably made it easier. We likely could have sold a lot of it, but I simply don't want to be bothered. I just want it out of my basement.

    I'm now planning on at least one more repeat of the Craigslist ad, and I hope to be able to park three cars in my garage again...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Babs View Post
    Expensive desks are hard to sell. You'll probably do well to get $500. Browse the craigslist ads where you live and see if you can find anything similar to give you an idea of a fair price.
    Furniture seems to depreciate more / faster than just about any other major purchase. I wonder why that is?

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    Quote Originally Posted by statman View Post
    "Free" apparently has a lot of pull in Utah County.
    The Free section of For Sale usually gets very quick results everywhere. I've used it before to get rid of stuff. You still have to deal with a lot of flakes, but as long as you don't promise to hold something for someone who never shows you can quickly get rid of lots of things.

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