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How I make money on CraigsList

Updated on September 26, 2014

Cashing in on CraigsList

A few years ago I started to make money on CraigsList. Mostly selling other peoples tangible goods. One of my first real attempts at writing was an ebook that contained many of the methods I used to make money on Craigs. To many people the ideas will seem simple and they will state that they already know how to do everything that I am writing about. I believe this statement will be said by most of you. Hey this guy isn't telling us anything new that we don't already know! Probably so, but the fact is that I actually have made 1000s of dollars on Craigs.

Fact is you can also make money on Craigs if you need to. You will want to take some action. Sometimes it takes more than just posting an ad to accomplish your goal. So I am going to share with you the first publication that I wrote on the web. Yes I sold this ebook for several years and made money also. I hope that you can think up some of your own ideas to make money if you need to. Even if you get a little inspiration from it. Start slow and work your way up until you are making the money that you need.

Craigs List for Hookers

Basic Methodology of How I Cash in on CraigsList

This really says it all folks I told you how and why this method works for me. Oh Craigslist hookers is probably not the method that you want to use. First off I have tried 100 of methods of making money online.I wont go into them all but I will say CraigsList is one of the easiest ways to make money online.

When I first heard of Craigs I tried advertising different offers typically that you would see in email advertising. I used affiliate networks and such. I made over $200.00 It never seemed to be consistent money. Also it took me 20 hrs a week of messing around with ads and tracking stuff. So it really wasn't making much money.

One day a friend called and asked me if I wanted 60-55 gallon drums for free. I said sure that I would come and pick them up in a week or so. I didn't have a truck or a place to store the drums. Actually my wife wasn't very happy 60-55 gallon drums in the back yard is a little much! Then it hit me I placed an ad on Craigs list 60 55 gallon plastic drums 20 dollars a piece You pick them up.

Well the barrels are were in Fl. and I sold them to a man in Ohio. Thats a long ways away. They came with a trailer in fact I have a picture. Oh the most important thing is they gave me $1200.00 cash for the barrels and moved them I didnt have to do anything but post one ad.
As you could have guessed I was really happy There were weeks I worked on line in the 90 s that I didnt make $1200.00 Wait did I say weeks I ment months. OK so it could have been a fluke right. Right???

No way my neighbor had an old car that no one would take You couldn't pay someone to take that car he would say. He said its yours get it out of here by next week signed the title to me .
I placed this time 2 ads on Craigs this time in Miami. Wouldn't you know it Some one wanted the car for parts. It was a rt hand drive Surbaru I sold it for $350.00.

OK so the cash is adding up I posted 3 ads so far and made $1550.00 . My wife said write the report How 3 ads on Craigs made me $1500.00. I am kind of tired of those types of programs. I want people to realize that anyone can make money online. You just have to be creative. A little focus ,commitment and consistency can go a long ways also.

I had another friend that had a Sailboat you guessed it 1 more ad and I kept $1400.00. He gave me 50% of the sale boat because he had to get rid of it he couldn't afford to pay the storage. It happens quite often in Florida. In fact I have found several places in Florida that sell all types of boats at rock bottom prices. We are close to 3000.00 now!

Where I come from we are not to proud to pick something off of the curb and claim it as our own. This may be a practice that is frowned upon by some citys. But it is just like recycling. I am not to proud to say that I have made 100s of dollars from OPJ You have heard of other peoples money. Well OPJ is other peoples junk.Another method I use is I watch the garage sales sure if something is really cheap I might buy it and resell it. I would rather not invest as its called.

But usually I wait till they close and ask if they need help taking the stuff to the curb. They are happy for the help and normally are happy for me to take what ever I want. Some how I don't see these big shot internet marketers digging in peoples trash. But it has made me thousands. Unlike the internet there are no subscriptions no hosting fees none of that crap. Sometimes I think I could have done better for myself?

Selling peoples junk! Providing a service for people that cant move 60 55 gallon drums! To me it seems useful. I would have paid for this report myself a few years back. I was trying to sell stuff on ebay I had to pay lots of fees. No fees on Craigs !

This section was really ment to give you ideas on how to make money without investing. People buy all sorts of things on Craigs visit the site look around, You aren't going to become a millionaire from it. Treat it like an on line garage sale. Sell your things you dont want or need Old clothes dishes tables etc. It doesn't cost anything to experiment. If you have a camera take a picture of the item Its easy to up load a picture to Craigs. If you cant figure it out have one of the neighbor kids show you how. Or go to the public library and ask for help there.

Be Aware of Scammers!

Be Aware As always in any venture Its good to be aware! Watch out for scammers! I have ran into several people online that are not honest and may try to rip you off. One of the methods I see at the time of writing this book is the money order scam. They want your name and address so the can send you a MO. I say thank you I only accept cash.

Stops them almost every-time. If you get a message from someone on craigs you can normally can tell if the person is for real. If they have a webpage with their picture on it contact info . They may be power sellers on ebay? Dont accept checks. I usually don't even accept paypal. Take cash if all possible. People in other countries can charge you back with -in 2 years of purchase,

You have been warned!!

I made money faster and easier selling tangible items than advertising and selling digital products exclusive offers etc. Sure I have made money selling e-books lotions and potions on craigs and other places.

Take a look around the places you go everyday. Your friends ,relatives and neighbors will almost always have things that they do not want . Sell it for them. Most people are grateful to you. Provide a good service to them, get rid of their clutter. Its very simple and we could discuss many variations of this method. I have used this method for years way before the internet. I had stopped because I saw that someone had pitched a mahogany dining room table on the curb.

I picked up the table and thought that maybe I could get 50-100 dollars for it. It was sitting on top of 100s of pounds of vintage comic books. Its taken me years to sell them. So keep your eyes open this isn't really my method I am certain that other people have done it before.

Ad Posting Service
Get creative you can help people sell their stuff on craigslist. People who cant post an ad. I have made a few 100 dollars helping other people sell their cars boats etc. I am not a photographer but I do have a in expensive digital camera. I will charge people to take the picture and place the ad. I don't offer this as a service or anything but you could more than likely create a business doing just that. Almost every time I have done this for someone they have sold

I wrote this to give you some ideas for creating income on craigslist. There is no magic solution for making money. Not every money making opportunity is suited for every individual. But because Craigs List is free you can experiment with almost any idea to create income. I hoped this helped you think of some better ways to make income from Craigs than I did.


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  • Ten10bellevue profile image


    6 years ago from Bellevue, WA (Seattle)

    great stuff! rock on!!

  • BooksGalore profile image


    7 years ago from Hawaii

    Have you had any problem with flagging and ghosting on Craig's List? I just read another hub that said it is a significant problem and hard to avoid if you post very often.

  • rocknrollcowboy profile image


    7 years ago from California

    Great Hub! You're right, most of this I already knew but it never hurts to get a refresher course. Thanks again!!

  • coolbreeze profile imageAUTHOR

    Rik Rodriguez 

    7 years ago from Hawaii

    Yuleah You just read my ebook I published it on hubpages

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    7 years ago

    Thanks for the post.

    Do you have an e-book?

  • Dolores Monet profile image

    Dolores Monet 

    7 years ago from East Coast, United States

    I have never even looked at Craig's List but I would like to try and sell some stuff. How many dishes can I have! Thanks for the tips!

  • lindacee profile image

    Linda Chechar 

    7 years ago from Arizona

    Craig's List rocks! I have sold many household items that way. Much better than a garage sale for sure. Great hub!

  • GrumpyGramps profile image


    7 years ago from Cleobury Mortimer

    Hi coolbreeze

    Thank you for the follow.

    Very interested in your make money on graiglist

    need more time .Will contact later.



  • dawnangelicgreen profile image


    8 years ago from Boise, ID

    I love this! Thank you!

  • coolbreeze profile imageAUTHOR

    Rik Rodriguez 

    8 years ago from Hawaii

    You just read the e-book I stopped selling it and published it as a hub.

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    8 years ago

    Very knifty you are! Way ta go on making money through Craigslist. I would also like to see the eBook you wrote if that's still available.

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    8 years ago

    It's all about opportunity. Research, research, research. If you know your stuff, you'll be able to identify the valuable junk and resell it!

  • Taffney Smith profile image

    Taffney Smith 

    8 years ago from North Carolina

    Thanks for the tips.

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    8 years ago

    great advice. im just getting into the same thing. and i gotta tell you its addicting.

    and very smart, its keeping up with new technology and new generations way of american dream. since its impossible to get a job right now

  • thevoice profile image


    8 years ago from carthage ill

    creative hub work thanks


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