Craig’s List for eBay Profit

Have you heard of Craigslist? If you’ve seen this technique you’re probably thinking “oh no, not Craig’s List again”! Just hang with me here.

Even though searching Craig’s List isn’t anything new or original, in spite of what other sellers will tell you, it’s still a very good way of finding items to sell. You can even use the site to resell items.

First a little background. Craigslist was founded by Craig Newmark from the Sanfrancisco Bay Area in 1995. It gets millions of hits per day which equates to massive amounts of traffic.

There are various tactics to making money from Craig’s List, but I like this one the best for finding treasure to resell on eBay.

Here’s the method…

Find an Item:

Go to www.craigslist.com and surf around a little to get a feel for it. What you’re going to do next is find the state you live in and click on it. See the screen shot below.

Go to www.craigslist.com and find the state you live in and click on it.
Go to www.craigslist.com and find the state you live in and click on it.

After selecting the state you live in you’ll be taken to another screen that looks like this. Find the city closes to you and select it. You may want to check out several different cities if they’re relatively close to you.

Find the city closes to you and select it.
Find the city closes to you and select it.

After selecting the city you’ll want to search the categories under the “for sale” section. This is where you’re going to find items to purchase and resell. Be sure to look under all the categories, because as Forrest Gump would say ‘it’s like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get!’

Don’t limit yourself to just the “for sale” section. Craig’s List has a lot of other categories that you can profit from. I like the “for sale” section because it’s simple, fast, and prosperous! Sometimes you can find FREE items here that people are just looking to get rid of.

Search the categories under the for sale section.
Search the categories under the for sale section.

Once you find your treasure it’s time to decide to if you want to resell it on eBay or place an ad on Craig’s List just like you found it. Only higher priced of course!

I usually choose to resell on eBay. I will either put it up for auction if I’m pretty sure I can get a bidding frenzy going. If I have some doubt and want to play it safe I will opt for the “Buy It Now” feature.

One item I found (and resold) was in the electronics category. It was a “Coustic XM-3 Crossover” used for car stereo application. I searched eBay in the completed categories section and saw they where selling for about $20 to $30.00. Not a major profit margin, but hey I still could more than double my money!

Collect payment and do it again:

I decided to sell on eBay and ended up with $25.00 for a $10.00 purchase! It wasn’t going to make me rich, but this seller also had a lot more stuff that could be turned for a profit.

The bottom line is Craig’s List is one venue for acquiring items for resale. Study it, learn it, be patient and be persistent.

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Rosie2010 6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Hiya my dear friend Deron, what an awesome hub! I'm sure to go to Craig's list and follow your advice. Do you have to pay for delivery of the treasure you find? I don't know anything about eBay but sounds fun, I'll try that too. What an awesome hub! Oh, I already said that, didn't I?

Have a nice day!

Rosie


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Deron 6 years ago Author

Hey Rosie! How ya doing? Craig's List has many things posted on their site, but usually if you find what you want you make arrangements to pick up the item. That's why people look for items in their own area. With eBay you list your item for auction, but you need to take shipping cost into consideration so you don't cut into your profits.

Hope this helps.

Take care my friend!

-Deron

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