The Benefits of Craigslist
Craigslist is a website that handles classifieds and forums for many cities and countries around the world. You can find just about anything you want on Craigslist and everything is specific for each city. I am part of a list that is near me in Ohio, but my list is not the only one in Ohio. Many states have more than one list and from looking around briefly, it appears that most large cities have active lists.
You can look around in any section specific to your area and if you are interested in an ad you can email the person. I have had very good luck with people responding quickly to my requests for information and the ads that I have posted. Examples of some of the things I have had success with selling are children's items, a washing machine, and a car. I have also given things away for free. Be prepared for lots of responses though, it doesn't take long to get rid of something you don't want if you offer it for free on Craigslist. I believe this is much better than sending stuff to the landfill.
You can find vacation homes to rent, apartment rentals, job openings, local activities, personal relationships and services. You can find services you are interested in or offer your services. You can post your resume or look for job openings in your city or others. You can barter items or skills. There are even forums to discuss things with people.
One of the things I like about Craigslist as opposed to Ebay is there are no fees. Also, you don't have to worry about shipping items. Typically the buyer is responsible for picking up any items. If you are more comfortable you could schedule a generic meeting place to exchange the item and money, it is really up to you and the other person. When you list something, your email remains private. If you respond to an offer at that point your email will become known to the other person.
Use caution when conducting transactions on Craigslist, because you will probably be meeting a person face to face at some point. I only schedule pick ups for when my husband is going to be home too. I always have the items ready and waiting by the door and the phone handy, possibly in my hand. If the weather is good I try to meet them outside with the item.
I conduct all negotiating through email and will only give out my phone number and address after we have settled on a price and time to pick up. If I am uncomfortable in the least I will either not respond to a request for more info (you can get some spam offers, it is best to ignore them, because you don't want them getting your email address), or will say the item is taken. I just try to be extra careful about our safety.
All in all, I have found Craigslist a wonderful site that is very easy to use and has benefited my family both for selling things and purchasing things. There are many, many areas on Craigslist that might interest you. You will probably be surprised at how much is offered, I know I was.
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