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How Can I Make Money and Sell Things on Craigslist?

Updated on June 9, 2015

Can You Make Money on Craigslist? Sure You Can!

Recently a reader asked me "How can I make money on Craigslist?" He was looking for some additional income and was wondering if some of his woodworking skills could bring him in some extra bucks. In response to his question I'd like to offer up some advice, ideas and some different ways on how to make money using Craigslist.

First of all, let me tell you a little about my Craigslist experiences. I have been an avid Craigslister for about 5 plus years now, and have had LOTS of success at selling everything from my dads old World War 2 Ham equipment to backyard plants that I grew specifically for selling. Being a born "entrepreneur", I think it's always been in my blood to look for creative ways to make money. I not only ran successful businesses but have also made money here at HubPages as a freelance writer. I love to figure out what sells, what doesn't and I love to analyze peoples spending habits - what do people need and why? (I've also been in marketing and sales for many years)

So what about making money on Craigslist? Craigslist is an extremely interesting medium for selling things. Interesting because it involves online interaction with a little different approach to selling items.

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What Kind of Things Can You Sell on Craigslist?

So let's start with my readers question about selling his woodworking skills on Craigslist. He wants to know if he could sell things like bird houses. Interesting question and this is what I would look at first and the questions I would ask myself:

1. Are my bird houses unusual? Are they different from something I could pick up at any store? If you have a unique item, yes, you could probably sell them on Craigslist

BUT...

2. Is there a market for birdhouses where I live? Are you trying to sell birdhouses in Alaska or in a community where there are lots of bIrd lovers and people that would buy birdhouses?

AND...

3. Am I going to be able to cover my costs to actually make a profit doing this? If making the bIrd house costs you $5.00 and you are only selling it for $10, is it worth the time and effort you are going to put into the making the birdhouse?

Just some food for thought. When thinking about selling things to make money on Craigslist you need to consider your market and your pricing, cost of goods and time involved.

Be Creative on Craigslist

My advice on how to make money on Craigslist is to figure out what you do well, what skills you have and what market you are in. Here are some ideas for things you can sell on Craigslist:

1. Used items that you already have. Look around you. Figure out what you don't want anymore or really don't need and post it on Craigslist for sale, To get an idea of what to charge look at some other listings to see approximate prices for similar items that are already posted on Craigslist.

2. Besides used items, maybe you already have a business. Think about doing some advertising with Craigslist. Maybe you could offer your landscaping services or plumbing services with a Craigslist ad. Yellow Pages ads are expensive and don't always target your local market. Try marketing to your area and see what happens. You'll save money advertising and also pick up more jobs right in your own neighborhood.

3. Try some creative bartering. There are lots of people on Craigslist that need things done. Maybe you need a new lawn and someone on there needs some car repair. If you are a mechanic hook up with a landscaper who can plant your lawn while you fix his car! Bartering is one of the oldest forms of direct selling to one another - MINUS the dreaded "T" word. Just don't tell Uncle Sam know I told you that!

4. Are you creative like our birdhouse maker? People like creative things. Even in a bad economy people still love and want to buy handmade, unique items. There will always be a market for things that are out of the norm. If you make unique jewelry, grow unique orchids, make awesome doghouses or build unique childrens furniture them yes - by all means try selling them on Craigslist! Maybe Craigslist will launch you into a whole new business and you wlll build up a clientele and establish a following!

You Can Make Money on Craigslist!

This really is just the tip of the iceberg on how to answer the question - How can I make money on Craigslist? There are really just SO many things that people are buying and selling on Craisglist everyday. To start off I would spend an hour or two just browsing Craigslist. Look through the ads, see what people are buying and selling. See what prices they are asking for. See what types of things are popular.

And remember, there are some things that people must absolutely have everyday: Food, water,shelter and clothing. Maybe you are a good seamstress who makes beautiful clothes? A great gardener who has extra tomato plants to sell? An out of work caterer who makes wonderful food and does great parties? Maybe you have a spare room you would like to rent out? The list is endless. First look at your strengths, what you have to offer, do your research and plunge forward. You can make money on Craigslist. You just need to do your homework, be creative and price your items accordingly. Good luck Craigslisting and let me know how things go!

For more of my advice and tips about Craigslisting check out some of my other hubs about Craigslist here:

MAKING MONEY WITH CRAIGSLIST

WHAT CAN I SELL ON CRAIGSLIST?

(Dorsi Diaz is a freelance writer/publisher and artist who writes about frugal living, helpful tips,small business and Craigslist)

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    Dorsi Diaz 5 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    @Hi bizwin) You don't even need to be a member and it costs nothing. You can sign up for an account though if you have several items you will be posting on Craigslist. Even that is free too. Best of luck. I love Craigslist.

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    Christabel Evans 5 years ago from England, UK

    Great info about craiglist. I'm not a member, maybe i should check it out.

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    Dorsi Diaz 5 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    @amithak50) I agree but yes with effort you can make money, especially if you have things priced right.

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    amithak50 5 years ago from India

    In the earlier days craiglist was great but you can still make good money with it but it requires lots of efforts ..Thanks for the nice post

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    Dorsi Diaz 5 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    @princess) Thanks and I appreciate you passing it along!

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    princesswithapen 5 years ago

    Dorsi

    Good hub. I'm bookmarking this for future reference and passing it along to a few friends who may be interested in setting up shop at craiglist.

    Princesswithapen

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    Dorsi Diaz 6 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    @Thank you Bob! Glad you enjoyed it.

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    BobD 6 years ago from Cleveland, OH

    This is a great article with some wonderful advice !

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    Dorsi Diaz 6 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    Interesting David. Thanks for reading.

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    Dorsi Diaz 6 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    Hi pelt545) There are no fees on Craigslist to sell items. Good luck and thanks for stopping by!

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    pelt545 6 years ago from Hampton Roads, VA

    If I can avoid paying extra fees on eBay, then I would consider selling products on Craigslist.

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    stock tips 6 years ago

    I really appreciate your post and you explain each and every point very well.Thanks for sharing this

    information.And I’ll love to read your next post too.

    Regards

    Stock Tips

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    Shane Belceto 6 years ago from WA USA

    My pleasure .. thanks for educating

    ~Expect Miracles

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    Dorsi Diaz 6 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    Shane) YW! Thanks for reading and commenting.

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    Shane Belceto 6 years ago from WA USA

    Great HUB like you I have been off and on CL for a while .. I find it is great for larger items I don't wish to mess with shipping ... even sold our last car on CL .. smiles

    Like the plant idea growing spacificaly for CL .. good idea thank YOU again

    ~Expect Miracles

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    Easy Money 6 years ago

    I agree about being creative. There are a ton of ways you can make money on craigslist as long as you think outside the box, be unique and be willing to try.

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    Dorsi Diaz 7 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    HubPages Hubber)YW!

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    Dorsi Diaz 7 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    Actin) Great idea. A little creativity and some basic marketing skills go along way on Craigslist. Thanks for sharing!

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    Atcin 7 years ago from Plattsburgh, NY

    I'm a little late on commenting but I just wanted to share that I have had success by buying PS3's and some XBOX 360's from local pawn shops then selling them on Craigslist. I pay usually $150 for a PS3 then buy up all the games the pawn shop has at the time and bundle it together for around $300. I average $100 profit from each sale. So in a nutshell, go to the local pawn shop, you'll find something there you can resell! Nice article

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    Dorsi Diaz 7 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    GmaGoldie and robtyea) Thanks for coming by, reading and commenting. Good tips GmaGoldie but how do you manage not getting flagged for multiple postings? Or are you posting in different areas? Advice would be welcomed - the more tips the better!

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    robtyea 7 years ago

    Good Hub,I am an Internet marketer and found your hub quite interesting. Thanks and keep up the good work.

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    Kelly Kline Burnett 7 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

    Dorsi,

    Great Hub! I rated it up! Much needed information. When I post I find I must post several days in a row - just before and then during the weekend. Of course, cut and paste makes it simple but I have to be disciplined to post daily, preferably 3 days in a row. We have rented a home and had a tremendous response.

    Tip - never give out your email address.

    Keep up the great work!

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    Dorsi Diaz 7 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    Kelle and Snookie) Thanks for coming by and reading about my Craigslist adventures. Selling things on Craigslist has got to be one the best ways to make some fast cash but it's very important to do it safely. Good luck!!

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    snookiecollins 7 years ago from SmallTown, USA

    Great Hub Dorsi!

    I too love your writing 'style'...

    I felt as if I were listening to a friend telling me about Craigslist.

    and btw I have been wary of Craigslist in the past, but reading the comments (esp.from Rhonda_M) it gives me some hope that I may be able to make some extra money from it. *it seems times are tough all around aren't they*

    =(

    Love & Blessings to ALL Hubbers!

    --snookiecollins

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    Kelle Jacoby 7 years ago

    Thank you for this info. I will definitely try craiglist to earn some money ;)

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    Dorsi Diaz 7 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    That's awesome Rhonda, glad to hear you made some money on Craigslist using your skills!

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    Rhonda Malomet 7 years ago from Toronto, Canada

    As a postscript, I recently made some money writing resumes/cover letters from a posting on Craigslist. It is very competetive, so I have to get more creative in the advertising. The important thing is to have confidence in the service I offer and the price I charge and someone who needs it will show up. For every seller there is a buyer!

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    Dorsi Diaz 7 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    rhonda m) Good information! Thanks.

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    Rhonda Malomet 7 years ago from Toronto, Canada

    Dorsi, I sold a text book. OK, truth be told I get a lot of free textbooks from publishers because I'm an instructor so I have a lot multiple copies. Normally, I wouldn't think of parting with them, but I needed some extra cash. I scanned in the book cover and directed the ad to students taking particular kind of course. I got a few hits and made one sale, earned I think $40. I also see a lot of ads for books and I suppose if I really wanted any of them I would pursue it. Craigslist has a search engine in each category of advertising, so even if you post an ad you may not hear from anyone for a bit. But people who are looking for that item will find you. Good Luck!

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    Dorsi Diaz 7 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    Ben) Thanks for the "warm" compliment! And glad Craigslist works for you. Yes there are more spammers but Craigslist seems to be pretty good at moderating.

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    Ben Zoltak 7 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

    I like the warm tone of your writing Dorsi. I've been a little turned off from Craigslist lately with the many spammers out there, but it's worked for me probably as many times as it hasn't!

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    Dorsi Diaz 7 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    festersporling1) Glad to hear of your success on Craigslist. And yes, there are many ways to make an income. One just needs to be creative about it and do their research!

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    Daniel Christian 7 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

    I have made a little money on Craigslist. There are definitely workable methods to make money anywhere.

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    Dorsi Diaz 7 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    Dental Job) Glad the article on Craigslist helped!

    lender32112000) You DO have to very careful on Craigslist, as with any transaction. My son was shot in the head buying a car through Craigslist. The hub is http://hubpages.com/hub/My-Son-Got-Shot-In-The-Hea... He is OK but very wary now...It's always best to do transactions with TOTAL SAFETY in mind. His story was unusual, but apparently not that uncommon as there have been other crimes committed through Craigslist.

    hohum) YW!

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    Hoh hum! 7 years ago from England

    Thanks Dorsi, I had never heard of craiglist before reading your article! I see they operate in the UK as well so I might give it a go.

    Thank you again!

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    lender3212000 7 years ago from Beverly Hills, CA

    I love selling stuff on Craigslist! Just kind of scary sometimes meeting up with strangers to exchange goods but I've never had a problem as long as it is in a public place. Great hub!

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    Dental Jobs 7 years ago

    A great article with loads of cool ideas, got me thinking - Cheers

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    Dorsi Diaz 7 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    Rhonda) I've never tried selling books on Craigslist. What type of books have you sold? I have A lot of old books. Probably worth some money. First editions and stuff.

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    Rhonda Malomet 7 years ago from Toronto, Canada

    I have sold used books on Craiglist, no muss, no fuss.

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    Dorsi Diaz 7 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    traderx) This is true. Some people have abused the Craigslist system. You just have to be careful and not spam, in any form.

    Gymfroggy) I can relate. Times are tough, Hope this helps you out.

    hubpagewriter? YW!

    ardysslifecoach) Thanks for reading and sounds like you have a winning product! Glad Craigslist is working for you and a picture IS worth a thousand words!

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    ardysslifecoach 7 years ago

    Thanks Dorsi,

    This was a nice post regarding Craigslist. I have a Business in which I sell Reshaping Garments for women (and men) looking to reshape their figures (bodies)! I've had success posting Ads on Craigslist with REAL Before and After Pictures...So many women have tried reshaping wear (like Spanx), but the stuff they've purchase in stores haven't worked! Like you said people are eager to find UNIQUE Products or Services. Craigslist is a great site, when you know how to use it properly. Thanks again for sharing!

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    hubpageswriter 7 years ago

    I've heard of Craiglist but doesn't know much about it. Thanks for this hub for I learn something today.

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    Gymfroggy 7 years ago from United Kingdom

    Thanks for this information. I have been seeking means to get extra cash to suppliment my main job and may have to have a look into this :-) Being nearly bankrupt does suck sometimes!

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    traderx 7 years ago from Las Vegas

    Craigslist is getting harder to do stuff with, because of all the spammers that are auto posting stuff. If you post something every once and a while for sale, you are fine. But if you are able to create items (or find them elsewhere) and try to sell them for a profit, usually your account will get flagged by CL and your ads will not be live. Basically the only way around it is to drastically go out of your way to make each ad totally unique (never reuse text). This still does not get around posting limits, but it definitely helps

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    Dorsi Diaz 7 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    Tilecleaninghub) That's good to know your state laws! In Cali you can't go over a certain amount ( I believe it's like a $400 dollar job) then you have to have a licensed contractor.

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    Tilecleaninghub 7 years ago

    Any type of handyman type job needs to be a licensed contractor in washington state. You can not advertise to change a light bulb on craigslist or you will get busted.

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    Dorsi Diaz 7 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    Tilecleaninghub) You are absolutely right. I was referring to handyman type jobs. Anyone getting major work done needs to make sure they hire a licensed contractor, especially for liability and safety issues.

    Inwardbeautiful and Gilroy) Thank-you and YW!

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    Gilroy 7 years ago

    Recently i have not known for the potentials of the craigslist now will try after reading your informative article.

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    InwardBeautiful 7 years ago from Germany

    Hey Dorsi, its really nice article; thanks for sharing your ideas and giving advice.

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    Tilecleaninghub 7 years ago

    Remember you can not advertise contractor services without a valid contractor license from the state you live in. You will be turned in by competitors and be paying a hefty fine.

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    Dorsi Diaz 7 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    free option trading tips) YW!

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    free option trading tips 7 years ago

    hei thx for gr8 article.

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    Dorsi Diaz 7 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    Thats great Susan. Good luck with selling those items.

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    Susan Carter 7 years ago

    Thanks for the info. I've been trying to market on CraigsList with classified ads (to no success), but I had an idea pop into my head about a couple items I have in my house that I could try to sell on CL instead of on Ebay.

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    Dorsi Diaz 7 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    Thanks Daddy Paul! That was an interesting observation!

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    Daddy Paul 7 years ago from Michigan

    I like this hub. It stirs the mind!

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    Dorsi Diaz 7 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    Prasetio and ocbill) Thanks and hope this helps you Craigslisting.

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    ocbill 7 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

    great information and all so very true.

    Thanks

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    prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

    Nice information. I never heard about craigslist before. But it looks great idea to get money from here. It good to try. thanks for share with us. I'll bookmark this one.

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    Dorsi Diaz 7 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    GlassVisage) Thanks, I always seem to look at things from a marketing perspective. Must be the sales/advertising side of me...lol. Thanks for reading!

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    glassvisage 7 years ago from Northern California

    Great tips. I like the idea of making your product unique... just like in regular marketing!

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    Dorsi Diaz 7 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    Cyoung3) Yes this is true for any money making endeavor- market research is important whether you are selling at flea markets, craigslist or art fairs (any place or way you sell really) Thanks for coming by!

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    Chad Young 7 years ago from Corona, CA

    This is some great advice that not only works with Craigslist but can work for other mediums also. I really enjoy your hubs, keep them coming.

    Chad

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    Dorsi Diaz 7 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    Hello, Hello) You are such a faithful reader, thanks for coming by. Craiglist is a great way to make some extra money!

    Ethel) Nice to see you. Yes Ethel definitely take a look. There are some great things on Craigslist.

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    Eileen Kersey 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

    Thanks. I think I need to take a peek at Craigslist

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    Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

    Thank you fo good article and good advice.