Buying and Selling on Craigslist
When you’re looking to buy something locally, you can often find great bargains on Craigslist (www.craigslist.org), an online classified advertising site. Browse the ads until you find what you want and then arrange with the seller to make the purchase.
Buy an Item on Craigslist
Listings on Craigslist are just like traditional newspaper classified ads. All transactions are between you and the seller; Craigslist is just the “middleman.” That means when you purchase an item from a Craigslist seller, expect to pick up the item in person and pay in cash.
From the Craigslist home page (www.craigslist.org), click US to see a list of states and cities with Craigslist listings and then click the name of your city.
Go to the For Sale section and click the category you’re looking for.
Click the link or picture for the item you’re interested in.
Read the item details; then click the Reply button to email the seller and express your interest.
Sell an Item on Craigslist
The Craigslist site is also a great place to sell items you want to get rid of. Just place an ad and wait for potential buyers to contact you!
From the Craigslist site, click the Post to Classifieds link.
Click the type of ad you want to place—typically For Sale by Owner.
Click the category that best fits what you’re selling. (If necessary, click through to an appropriate subcategory.)
Enter the necessary details about you and what you’re selling, including the listing title, asking price, and description; then click Continue.
- You are now prompted to add pictures of your item. (Items sell better if buyers can see what’s for sale, although such photos are optional.) Click the Add Images button to select digital photos of your item.
Click the Done with Images button.
Confirm the listing details and then click the Publish button to finalize the listing.