Post # 1
I feel as though lately all my posts are about things that everyone but me knows how to do the right way. I feel like a life failure!
Anyway, just had to get that out.
I am trying to sell some crap on craigslist and I had my first offer today. However, the person said that he wants to pay through certified check and then as soon as I get the check he will arrange for a local pickup. This doesnt sit right with me because I keep reading about how certified checks can be bad news, etc.
So…those of you who have sold stuff on craigslist, how have you done it and how did you get the money? I wish I could find a better place to list my things, it’s so sketchy on that site.
Post # 4
Don’t fall for the people who say they don’t even need to look at it and they’re willing to write you a check for your purchase. Those are all total scams, and you’ll get those more often than real people looking to buy your item.
My DH and I have sold a few things on Craigs List, and it’s frustrating at times. Only deal with people who will meet with you in person to pick up the item and are willing to pay cash for it. Don’t fall for the “I’ll have someone pick it up if you just give me your name and address…I’ll get you a certified check.” Total scammers.
Post # 5
Triple Agreed with cash only. The only other alternative I would accept is pay pal, but they pay first.
and with Craigslist I would avoid any shipping. In person pickup only.
Post # 6
Agreed with cash only. My husband is selling his car on craigslist and we have had several emails from people saying that they want to buy and are working overseas or whatever and can only pay by paypal because their employers don’t allow them to use internet banking. I checked that out and it is a scam too. They may pay by paypal and then you get the money but they can dispute the item and you are liable for it.
Best bet- CASH ONLY 🙂
Post # 7
@soyjoy222: Yup. State in your ad CASH ONLY. NEVER ever ever everrrrrrrrrrrr take a check from someone you don’t know, for anything!
Any emails that offer checks, just delete them.
Post # 8
@soyjoy222: Trust your instincts. Everything about that sounds like a scam. Also, I recommend having someone home with you with you show the items or make the sale. Or meet them elsewhere if you can. Most people are totally normal and just want to buy your stuff, but I’m a big believer in better safe than sorry.
Post # 9
My internal instinct thought that it was funky. I am beginning to lose faith in selling this crap and I just wish DH would agree to donate it and then we can get rid of it. I feel as though 90% of CL is just scammers.
Any other good places to sell stuff online?
Post # 10
@soyjoy222: I’ve had a lot of luck selling clothing and shoes that are in good shape on ebay. Mainstream brands sell best (Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Express, Calvin Klein) because people know what will fit. I did a major closet clean out a couple years ago and made about $300 off of stuff I never wore anymore. It’s a bit of work packaging stuff up and mailing it off, but I found it worthwhile. My general rule was if it worth at least $25, I’d try to sell it. Everything else got donated.