How to Make Money on Craigslist

Last updated on July 23rd, 2017

Are you wondering how to make money on Craigslist? I’ve been using Craiglist to buy and sell a variety of goods over the last 10 years. During that time, I’ve learned a few tips and tricks that I want to share with you today.

Craigslist is just one option when looking to buy or sell online. Ebay is a popular choice, as is Amazon. The thing that sets Craigslist apart is the fact that they charge you nothing! No fees to buy or sell. Craigslist is also easy and convenient to use, allowing you to search for items by location.

Craigslist is also easy and convenient to use, allowing you to search for items by location. After specifying your preferred city, Craigslist automatically shows all goods and services specific to that location. This makes it easy to buy and sell when you are ready.

Know Your Product

If you are shopping for ANYTHING online, then put in the time to research prices, quality, and customer reviews. This sounds easy, but it’s an important part of any successful Craigslist deal.

Craigslist is a wildly inefficient market, and many Craigslist users don’t have a clue about the fair market value of items listed. I’ve sold used items for more than the going retail price. I’ve purchased valuable items for next to nothing. It’s a crazy market.

Subjective pricing is the essence of Craigslist, so you need to know the value of your items before getting started. Understanding used market prices is what will allow you to buy low, and sell high.

Learn How to Negotiate

I’ll let you in on a little secret here – always negotiate when making a purchase on Craigslist, and always stay firm when making a sale.

When you go to make a purchase, never give the seller full asking price. Offer a lower price and negotiate using these tips:

  • Cash talks – Always be able to offer cash when negotiating a purchase. Many sellers want to get rid of their item and will accept a lower cash offer.
  • Be Patient – If you email a seller about an item that is overpriced, and they refuse to negotiate, just give it a few days before trying again. This gives you more negotiating power and allows you to mention the items inability to sell at the initial price point. The exception to this rule is if the item is already at a rock bottom price.
  • Be friendly – A lot of sellers will accept a lowball offer if you are friendly during the initial contact.

When making a sale, always stick to your listed price for a few days before entertaining lower offers. Unless you are desperate for the money, patience will usually lead to more profit.

If you learn to set aside your feelings while negotiating, you will greatly improve your profit margin. The worst thing that can possibly happen is rejection. If the other party won’t accept your deal, who cares? There are thousands of other Craigslist users waiting in the shadows.

Restore and Sell

Restorations are one of the easiest ways to make money on Craigslist. Here is how:

  1. Look for furniture, appliances, or anything else that needs to be restored. I’d recommend checking out garage sales, flea markets, and Craigslist to find deals.
  2. Dirty items are the easiest to restore, but if you know how to make minor repairs you will have more opportunities.
  3. Use your skills to fix the item, then list it on Craigslist for more than you paid.

We recently reconditioned a solid wood table. It was ugly and mismatched with blue paint and scuffed legs. We bought the table for $12 at a garage sale. After sanding and repainting it, we made about $100 this week on Craigslist. Here is the finished product:

Flipping on Craigslist

I’ve made thousands of dollars by purchasing goods at a discount, then turning around and reselling them for a higher price. This works for almost any category of item, but you have to know the value of whatever you want to flip. If you’re an expert in train sets, then flip train sets. If it’s cars, then flip cars. But if you know a lot about cars, don’t start buying train sets.

My areas of expertise include electronics and motor vehicles. I’ve bought and sold dozens of video game consoles, computers, and computer peripherals. I paid for part of my undergraduate degree by flipping cars and motorcycles.

It pays to shop around. I’ve bought sale items on Amazon and immediately listed them on Craigslist for a 100% profit. Always keep your eyes peeled for deals.

If you have room to store inventory, look for off-season purchases. Air conditioners, heaters, motorcycles, hunting goods and sporting goods are examples of seasonal items. These items are in high demand part of the year and often sold at a discount during the off-season.

Selling Techniques

Make sure to implement a few simple tips when you go to sell your item on Craigslist.

  • Title – Make it attention grabbing and descriptive. “Like New” or “Antique” are big hits. Get creative here but don’t make it too long. Make sure to avoid pissing folks off with ALL CAPITAL letters or nine exclamation points!!!!
  • Description – When you list an item on Craigslist, make sure to write a positive and promotional description which addresses all of the questions that you would have if you were looking to buy. Don’t be misleading, but don’t list every tiny flaw in the initial description.
  • Pictures – Proper photographs are necessary to secure a sale. Make sure to take clear and inviting photos in a well-lit room, using several angles.

It’s free to sign up and list your items on Craigslist, and you can get started by selling the junk that you no longer use. After you get a little experience, move into flipping or another money making avenue.

If you are looking for additional ways to make money online, consider reading my guide on making money taking surveys and starting a profitable blog.

Comments
    • Eugene
    • April 2, 2017
    Reply

    Great post! I have a question about taxes. If you sell items on CL for cash, you don’t pay any taxes?

    • Peter B
    • March 29, 2017
    Reply

    I have sold items in the past on CL. I learned that allowing people to contact you only by phone is better so as you now have them on caller ID. If they don’t show up you simply give them a call and ask what happened, you waited for them, maybe they got tied up with something else and lost track.

    • Joe
    • March 2, 2017
    Reply

    Some great information here. I’ve sold quite a few things on Craigslist and Ebay over the past few years. I had some car parts from previous cars I’ve owned just sitting around and sold them mainly on Ebay. I sold a few cars and motorcycles that I owned on Craigslist and Ebay. To be honest though most of the vehicles I’ve lost money on probably because I overpaid to begin with or invested to much in fixing them up. I really would like to flip cars on Craigslist though and make at least $500.-$1,000 per car would be nice, no need to be greedy. I really should look into buying cars at auctions, but I don’t much about how that works. I lost my job a few weeks ago after working for that company 26 years. I kind of like being off and the idea of working for myself, so hopefully I’ll figure something out. If I can find a job that pays half way decent, I was planning on only working for another 3 years until medicare would kick in. Thank God my house is paid off!

    • Mary Bolin
    • September 3, 2016
    Reply

    Awesome info Jacob! I have been using Craigslist for years to sell stuff and am finally making the jump to full time. My husband and I also offer our services as well I clean rental properties and he is in the rock masonry business we get pretty regular calls on side jobs it’s great ! ?

    • Caleb
    • April 28, 2016
    Reply

    This is awesome, I have read a whole whole lot of blogs in my day but I don’t really remember ever responding to this one. But this is so awesome and comes at the greatest time in my life. I just recently went through a divorce from someone who was bi-polar, schizo, and just plain mentally unstable and wrecked me financially. I have recently moved and am 30 years old living in my parents house. (not cool at all) I am now stuck paying child support (on a kid who we now all think isn’t even biologically mine). Anyway I have been racking my brain for the best possible idea for a way to make cash (under the radar) so to speak so it wont risk raising my monthly child support payments. Also the city I am living in just doesn’t have a lot to offer as far as good jobs go and so the other day a friend told me a story about a guy who supposedly started off trading a paperclip on CL and the end result of this trading -up on CL was he ended up turning his paper-clip (and not without a lot of hard work and diligence im sure) into a house! that grabbed my attention for sure! Then my dad starts mentioning all sorts of items around his house that he doesn’t want and doesn’t have the time to get rid of and offered if I sold them I could just keep the $, just for taking them off his hands. I have been praying about my situation for a while now and can say this isn’t the first sign or answered prayer I’ve received but I think I’m definitely going to give it a good running try, because like I said this information coupled with all else I believe is the big man upstairs turning my face towards a road and telling me to take the first step, nothing is free but I think God putting it there telling me “if you build it they will come, haha” Soooo here we go!!

      • Iram Angulo
      • October 18, 2016
      Reply

      way to go bro! keep up the good work, good things come to those who raise up!

    • Meryl S.
    • April 11, 2016
    Reply

    Hello,
    I have many various items to sell. I am downsizing and my mother passed . I have furniture (big and small) paintings, household items, dinnerware…in perfect condition.
    I travel a lot for work. Is there a seller to sell for me?
    Thank you,
    Meryl

    • Aaron Werner
    • November 5, 2015
    Reply

    Great post and topic. I just launched a website that will scan the products on craigslist and compare the prices of the items with amazon and ebay and display the potential profit. I was wondering if you might consider doing a product review on it. The website is http://www.arbitrage.pro

    • D
    • October 15, 2015
    Reply

    I like the idea of flipping on Craiglist and eBay and love the articles Jacob, but I’m curious how you’d find sale items on Amazon then immediately flip them on Craigslist. It would take time for Amazon to ship the item and by then there’s the obvious flake factor.

      • Peter B
      • March 29, 2017
      Reply

      Simple, Do not advertise the item until you have received it and examined it. Then place your ad in CL. Don’t be so anxious. Take your time it will assure that you have not made mistakes through the flip.

  1. Reply

    I have been a flipper (the good kind, lol) almost all my life. I started when I was 13 and can’t stop even today.

    Those who are complaining about not being able to find stuff to Flip I just want to tell them that they are not serious if that is the case. You can always look for stuff worth flipping on CL or you could go to your nearest goodwill with a scanner app and if you are not very unlucky you will find something worth flipping.

    Get out there and make money. Being lazy does not help. Excuses do not help either. That’s what I teach my grand children and I am sure some of them will take over my empire.

    – Sally

      • Greg
      • January 25, 2016
      Reply

      Hi Sally, could you explain where I can find the “scanner app” you mentioned?

      Thank you!
      Greg in Nashville, TN

    • Ed
    • July 11, 2015
    Reply

    Don’t forget money to be made on free items given away on CL. I have an ad on CL to haul away metal scrap for free and have gotten used washers, dryers,mowers,tools,storage shelves etc that were in good working condition and sold for profit. What is not re-sellable I take to the scrap yard and make good money on as well. Not as much as I used to because scrap prices are down right now, but it’s still all good because it’s free money. the people were happy just to have someone haul it away for free and it keeps it out of the landfill. I also buy and sell cars,canoes/kayaks,utility trailers,power tools, yard tools, mowers. It’s not a full time gig because it’s too erratic finding flippable money makers but is a nice additional income. People are catching on to it as well and beat me to the moneymakers more and more now.

  2. Reply

    Jacob because of people like you Ive made it pretty far in the game. Started with surfboards to pay rent during college then moved up to motorcycles and cars. It has now led me to a career and a significant income. Thanks to people like yourself, good luck with your future!

      • Jacob
      • May 26, 2015
      Reply

      Awesome Jesse, glad to hear about your success!

  3. Reply

    Hey Jacob! Just came across your website and I gotta tell you it is awesome. Just to let you know, I have been Buying and Selling Appliances for over 18 years now and love it. I am now semi retired so I have created a website to teach people about Flipping Appliances on a Shoestring Budget and craigslist is the best place to do it. Great news is, you don’t need any money to get started. Would love to ad your site link on mine and vice-versa. Maybe even a guest post. Email me if interested. In the meantime check it out http://flippingappliances.com/ . Thanks!

    • Pete
    • March 28, 2015
    Reply

    I’ve been selling furniture on CL for years. My tip for sellers offering hard to transport items, like furniture, is offer free ” local” delivery. The leverage i create is i tell the buyer that if they pay full price, i will include delivery. Often times i will get full price plus a $ 50.00 delivery fee. Buyers are either lazy or don’t own the right vehicle to pick up. I own a truck so it’s easy for me to offer delivery. I sell brand new furniture so condition & surprises are never an issue for the buyer. I have a lot of repeat customers from creating a small “service” edge on CL.

  4. Reply

    Thanks for the article.

    I started selling on Craigslist last year in the middle of a home remodel. I sold almost everything I ripped out of my house on Craigslist…shelves, doors, appliances. To me it was amazing having people come and pay me to haul away my trash. Since then, I have sold an odd collection of things…I’m constantly trolling through my house to find more things to list. I’m probably the person you guys like to buy from, because I don’t really care how much money I get for most of what I list, I just want it out of my house. I have also sold extra things to people who came to buy something specific. The funniest was a day I sold Herbalife products to someone buying vertical blinds.

      • Jacob
      • February 27, 2015
      Reply

      Very nice! Even if you aren’t charging a lot, your are recycling items which is great.

  5. Reply

    Yes CL is inefficient and fickle. A year ago I sold every headboard I could get my hands on. This year I can barely give them away. Brass headboards wont even bring $10. Im sure I could get more at scrap yard. Of course, that just may be in my town. Your local market may be opposite at this time.

    • Karen
    • August 8, 2014
    Reply

    Hi Jacob,
    I am in the beginning stages of starting a part time furniture updating business for fun with the hopes of making a little extra money. Your blog has been very helpful. I was hoping you could give me some advice on how to handle customer payment. I was considering a cash only option, but am realizing this will exclude a lot of potential customers. I don’t want to have to deal with NSF issues with checks. How have you set up your business? Thank you for your help!

      • Jacob
      • September 24, 2014
      Reply

      Karen, I’m sorry for the delayed response. I’ve stuck to cash for all of my selling. There are many new card readers that you can attach to smartphones, but they take a percentage for the swipe. I don’t know enough to recommend any particular brand, but maybe another reader knows?

      • Reply

        Square card reader 🙂

    • Dan
    • August 4, 2014
    Reply

    I have a question. The one thing I am not keen on about selling on Craigslist is having people come to my house often. IN particular when the items are large (furniture). This IS Craigslist with nuts out there or people casing out your place. If it’s small items I meet at Starbucks. Just wondering what people’s perspective is on this. Great article and thoughts by people on it.

      • Jacob
      • August 4, 2014
      Reply

      That’s the only tough situation Dan. I’ll invite people over if they seem reasonable on an initial phone call, but I often have my handgun loaded, and it’s only during the day.

    • nick
    • June 7, 2014
    Reply

    One technique that works great for me is bartering….lots of times I can barter up to a much more expensive items then what I started with…..I recently traded a Wii u that I spent 150 on for a 55 inch plasma AND a 32 inch LCD TV…..sold those for 350 together and more than doubled my money…I always ask if sellers are willing to trade. Also always always always low ball the shit out of people lots of times an item that is originally 75 dollars you can get for 50 or less…..always recontact people that have declined your offer the first time if you see there item is still up days or weeks later. Finally my last tip is like was said earlier find your niche and stick with it….mine is fixing broken electronics people sell suuuuper low and I have made huge profits because people don’t have the time or knowledge to fix…..I bought a 55 inch led TV for 10 dollars and it needed a set of 35$ ribbon cables chaching…..sold for 200 155 dollar profit!! Happy cruising people!!

      • Jacob
      • June 7, 2014
      Reply

      Good stuff Nick. My methods are much like yours. You should read my latest post on How to Never Lose Money where I hit most of these as well. Thanks for commenting!

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    • Rob Schmidt
    • December 28, 2013
    Reply

    Good tips Jacob, but you are leaving out the real secret. It up to you and your work ethic. I’ve been a flipper for five years and it’s anything but an easy living. I spend between 10-15 hours a day online sending and answering emails, researching CL, packaging, listing, and shipping items on ebay/amazon, and meeting sellers for new inventory. Granted, it is nice working from home, but there are no paid vacations or benefits. I work at it constantly because I never want to miss out on that item so I can make a thousand. This profession is anything but easy.

      • Eric
      • December 29, 2013
      Reply

      I agree 100%, Rob. It would be nice to program a robot to find our deals for us but it’s just not happening anytime soon. I do the post-purchase work at my own leisure since the $$$ is made when I buy, not when I sell, and I’m not into flipping the newest. latest and greatest, so time to market isn’t a concern. The hardest work is scouring new deals and it gets very monotonous over time. I find a few weeks off from searching here and there helps, but I hate missing those juicy deals!

    • Brian Shaw
    • November 18, 2013
    Reply

    Great Blog
    Love the comments!

    • Lyle
    • November 16, 2013
    Reply

    My question is how to set a fair price for items. I don’t want to get ripped off but I don’t want to rip off anyone else either. Can you give me any guidance in this area?

      • Eric
      • December 12, 2013
      Reply

      Let me add: Base your purchase decision on the lowest price sale you find on ebay on a similar condition item. If you see that the item has recently sold between $700-$1000 and you go out and pay $800 for it hoping to flip it for $1000 on ebay you will more than likely take a hit when you don’t get the higher end of the range that you were hoping for. Factor in that you will be paying 10%-12% in fees to ebay/paypal. In this scenario, I would hope to sell it for $1000, make no mistake, but I wouldn’t pay more than $500 for the item. So if it sells for $700 then I can still net a $100+ profit after fees.

      • Eric
      • December 12, 2013
      Reply

      Hi Lyle,

      To answer your question, use ebay completed listings (only for items that sold) as your price guide. Set your prices based on the market and disclose to the buyer any known issues that the product has and price it in accordingly. As far as you getting ripped off, you need to know what the item is worth before you buy it, given it’s condition. If you are unsure of this before you make the purchase then you haven’t done the adequate preparation to make the deal. Make sure you know how to fully inspect and test whatever you buy beforehand. You will meet people on Cl who don’t have the best intentions for you in mind but you can leverage that in negotiations if you are armed with the knowledge you need.

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    • Bryan
    • November 3, 2013
    Reply

    You’re absolutely right. I’m actually thinking about quiting my job and making this CL thing a full time job. I can buy old furniture for really cheap and make it look brand spanking new and make a good profit. Think about it say I buy a used table for $8 then I sand it down and repaint it. There’s another 4_6 bucks for material. That’s 12-14 bucks invested. Then say it takes two hours to do it. Sell it for 50-60 bucks. That’s 18 to 28 bucks a hour. There’s also things on CL that are absolutely free that you can make a 100% profit off of

      • Jacob
      • November 7, 2013
      Reply

      If you enjoy doing, go for it! I know several people who flip things for a living, so you can too!

        • Andy Down
        • April 24, 2016
        Reply

        HI.. I just discovered this site and I would love to get into this. I am retired government worker and my pension just gets me by. I have over the years played in the buying and selling and going to auctions ,garage sales etc. No big money but if I do it part time and regularly then I should at least be able to make a bit of spending money. I took a couple ebay courses but I think the shipping kind of scared me off. The person that taught the course was a retired government employee as well and he switched to selling to Craigslist as well. I am not sure what the date is on this post but hoping I could get into this as I do have a passion for it. My house is small but thinking I would ask my son to put up another shed beside the one I have in my yard that is actually a carport shed(tent) only smaller. Do you recommend Craigslist or Kijiji rather than selling on ebay or? I don’t have a website and not sure how to get one or if I need one.

          • Jacob
          • April 27, 2016
          Reply

          I don’t have much experience with Kijiji, but Craigslist works well and is free.

    • brian
    • October 27, 2013
    Reply

    I love craigslist and because of u i am going to start a buisness on craigslist and try as hard as i can

      • Jacob
      • October 27, 2013
      Reply

      Awesome Brian! I know people who make a full time income from Craigslist, and I’m sure you can join them!

    • Eric
    • October 17, 2013
    Reply

    A few other things in regard to ebay/paypal:

    Be conscious of where you stand in regard to the 20k in gross proceeds throughout the year. You don’t want to finish the year at 21k or so in net sales because then you will have to probably pay some tax to Uncle Sam. This isn’t an issue for me since I go well over 20k anyhow, but for the more casual flipper, try to stay under that mark if you can when you are close at the end of the year. Considering shutting down your ebay operation if you are just under that mark in November/December. Just stick to selling on CL until after the new year. Opening up several ebay user IDs to sell won’t circumvent the system since paypal will 1099 you based on your social security #, so the aggregate amount of your sales proceeds through multiple user ids will be the final tally.

      • Jacob
      • October 17, 2013
      Reply

      Eric, this is great stuff! Thanks for taking the time to comment. Would you like to write a detailed guest post on the topic? I think readers would love it.

        • Eric
        • October 17, 2013
        Reply

        I’d be honored. Is there a specific topic that you think the audience would benefit most greatly from?

          • Jacob
          • October 18, 2013
          Reply

          I’d focus on what you know best – electronics. I’ll email you a few thoughts.

    • Eric
    • October 17, 2013
    Reply

    I’ve been buying and selling electronics on CL for about 3 years and recently left my job to do it full time. It definitely works but you have to be very familiar with the items that you are buying and selling in order to avoid costly mistakes. At least 90% of the items I buy are small enough in size to conveniently ship so that I can sell them on ebay. Even after the ebay and paypal commissions, I find I still net more then selling it back on CL, and I sell a lot faster there, too. A national audience definitely drives up the price for the items I flip. Be aware that if you take in more than 20K in sales proceeds via paypal in a calendar year that they will 1099 you and you will have to itemize your tax return on a Schedule C as a self-employed business, so keep good records!

    I find that the majority of CL sellers that I interact with will lower their price when I negotiate in person. People are terrible at the perceived conflict of negotiating face to face, and will bend easily when you are firm. When you know your items inside and out you will generally have a better understanding of what you are purchasing than the person you are buying from and can leverage small functional and cosmetic issues you uncover that were not described by the listing or email exchange. People are generally terrible at describing their items because they aren’t selling with a business mentality. Take full advantage of that. Once you are there they don’t want to watch your money leave.

    And always be polite 🙂 As mentioned before, people will drop their price more readily if they like you! Even if you can’t meet on a price after you responded to the listing via email/phone/text, if you leave off on a polite foot then there is a good chance that that person will reach out to you later when they still have the item, especially less popular items and items where the seller had unrealistic price expectations from the start.

    Good luck all!

  8. Reply

    I’ve only sold two things on Craigslist — a Nintendo DS with a handful of games, and a student violin my wife used in college. Both times, though, I managed to earn a tidy sum of money, and I wish I’d had about a dozen of those violins on hand. Lots of demand for affordable instruments in good condition. Good pictures and a detailed post seem to be really key to getting good offers, too.

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    • Mary
    • September 9, 2013
    Reply

    Hi Jacob, I really like all the info. that you have shared. But I’d like to know, where do you think would be the best place online that I could sell my paintings? Would it be possible to sell them on CL, or is there another place that I can sell them on?

      • maredith
      • April 28, 2015
      Reply

      If I were you I would sell them on Etsy as well

      • Jacob
      • September 23, 2013
      Reply

      Yes you can definitely put them on CL. That’s where I would start. If that doesn’t work, perhaps you can find painting auction sites? I’m not familiar with that niche.

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    • Ken Melrose
    • August 23, 2013
    Reply

    Dude, great post! I’m always looking to up my negotiating skills and make money work for me and it sure seems like Craiglist flips are a great way of doing just that! You rock sir, thanks!

      • Vince
      • September 6, 2013
      Reply

      Jacob, great post! I have been flipping and bartering things on craigslist for years. I recently started a website blog for telling stories and sharing good deals from craigslist and online. It is becauseofcraig.com. I just launched it not too long ago, but it would be a great platform to share our stories with each other.

        • Jacob
        • September 23, 2013
        Reply

        Very cool Vince! Shoot me an email if you have any ideas.

        • Reply

          Jacob, Sorry for the slow response. Been busy with kids and work. I do have some cool ideas maybe we could discuss. I entered the website email in email field but I will send you an email from my personal email. Talk to you soon.

      • Jacob
      • August 23, 2013
      Reply

      Thanks, Ken! All the best to you!

    • Dont cry just SELL
    • August 7, 2013
    Reply

    Love it!! I started last winter on cl and sold 2 kitchens, a whole matching living room set, countless tables, chairs, high chairs, tickets, lamps, everything you can think of, without even trying. I even just had 4 of my cats pregnant at same time and gave away 16 kittens on cl. I believe that with a alot of passion, common sense, and hard work, I can make a million dollars on just this site. Thats sounds ridiculous, but the more you sell, the more product online everyday. Get to the point where you make 500 a week, you can move to making 5000 a week with good skills. “flip & grip” is what I call it. Flip the product and grip a bunch of cash!

      • Sophie
      • November 10, 2015
      Reply

      How about getting your cats spayed/neutered? And did you know that not everyone you find on CL is a good home for the kittens? You did not automatically find them a “good loving home” by just giving them away. There are some people who will turn it around and sell these animals to labs. And then to make things even worse, how many of those kittens you gave away will be spayed/neutered by the people you gave them to?

      It’s hard to believe you let your cats get pregnant like that, irresponsibly, unless they were already pregnant when you first got them. I feel sorry for those cats and kittens who will now possibly go and make more kittens that the world doesn’t need.

      • Jacob
      • August 11, 2013
      Reply

      Flip and grip, I love it! Keep up the great work!

    • Mocheddar
    • August 1, 2013
    Reply

    I love CL and Ebay. I flip roughly 600 items a year on CL and Ebay. Key is good ads, promptness on your emails and a good system of organizing your inventory and cashflow. Peak months I bring in 10k per month cash flow. I started with $100 bill I found on the ground 3 years ago after I lost my job. Have never turned back since and have been flipping last 3 years and creating a company currently.

    Flip what you know and have a passion for and the money will follow.

      • Richard Roy
      • September 14, 2015
      Reply

      Hi Mocheddar,
      Your write up intrigued me… do you mind me asking what you sell?

      Regards,
      Rich

    • James
    • July 31, 2013
    Reply

    Is it good to put your actual phone number on craigslist?

    • Reply

      You could route it through a Google Voice number if you’d prefer to not give out your actual number. Either that, or invest in a cheap prepaid phone — since you’ll only be using it to field Craigslist calls, you won’t burn through minutes too quickly.

    • JustBcuz
    • July 29, 2013
    Reply

    Hey, I’m one of the young readers, younger than most, around middle school age, and there aren’t any jobs available for kids my age. So I thought I could sell my old bookbags and books and toys and stuff. Are those things that people would actually buy?

      • maredith
      • April 28, 2015
      Reply

      Please make sure that you have your parents help you though. Give their number and or email address. Have your parents be with you for transactions etc. It can be very dangerous.

      • Jacob
      • July 29, 2013
      Reply

      Thanks for reading!
      Yeah, people will buy anything if it’s in good condition. I would try to sell it on Craigslist first, and if that doesn’t work, check Amazon for what you are selling. If anything is valuable, you should check around to see what those items are selling for online, then price accordingly.
      Get started selling and negotiating young. You won’t regret it.

    • chanco guardi
    • July 23, 2013
    Reply

    I must admit its a very nice article and tips you are giving.
    He is totally correct there is aloooot of money to be made on craigslist i managed to make around 11 to 14k in about 3 months doing this so everything is possible !!! Thanks for writing this cool article. Hope to soon read more articles about selling online.
    Thanks papi

      • renee
      • August 18, 2013
      Reply

      What do you buy and sell if I can ask?

    • Brandon
    • July 22, 2013
    Reply

    Hey there! I’m one of your younger viewers, and was wondering if you could make an entire post on “selling cars” on Craigslist. Share some of the experiences you’ve had, what you sold specifically. Thanks!

      • Jacob
      • July 22, 2013
      Reply

      Hey Brandon, thanks for reading and commenting. We really appreciate the feedback.
      I actually plan on doing a couple of car posts in the near future. Mostly on buying, but I will try to write a solid post on my selling expertise!

    • Rick
    • June 28, 2013
    Reply

    I made just $55 in one day selling free baseball cards! Thanks a lot!

  13. Reply

    Nice table Jacob!

    My wife and I are huge fans of refinishing furniture. It’s amazing what a little paint or stain can do for an old piece.

    Nice work. : )

    • Fares
    • June 12, 2013
    Reply

    Craigslist pays my rent, bills and all my expenses. So basically I make a living out of craigslist, it’s my full time job. I buy from craigslist and sell on Ebay. EBay’s prices are basically the normal prices you pay for any item or maybe a little cheaper.

  14. I used to sell items on eBay when I was in high school, and loved it, but just ran out of product per say. Definitely like the idea of flipping craigslist products, I have always been meaning to garage sale on Saturdays to find product and then resell them..but it’s the waking up at 8 on Saturday that really kills me. Thanks for the post though, I may just reconsider.

  15. Reply

    Craigslist is a good marketplace. You got to be very careful with your transactions though (and I htink you are already aware of that.) Anyways, good job with the table. Looks amazing.

      • Jacob
      • May 21, 2013
      Reply

      Thanks KC. Definitely have to be careful during transactions, you are absolutely right.

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  22. Wow – Jacob – that table looks fantastic! I think Craigslist can be a potential goldmine for sellers, especially those who are crafty and/or handy, which sadly, I am neither. 🙂 Craigslist is very popular in LA, but you do have to be careful, because well … it’s LA. Great tips!

      • Jacob
      • May 9, 2013
      Reply

      Thanks Shannon! It’s a good site, but I bet it gets a bit more dangerous in big cities!

  23. Reply

    I haven’t used CL to purely make money (i.e. flip), but I have sold a bunch of items. I like to check the priceonomics website to find its market value, then I set the list price at 10-25% of that depending on its demand. I do this expecting most CL buyers to haggle, which means we usually end up at the appropriate market value. If someone offers to buy at list price, I can hasten the deal by saying something like “I’ll reduce the price by 10% if you pick it up today/tomorrow.”

    What’s your favorite way of determining market value?

  24. Reply

    Great advice. I’ve never bought or sold on Craigslist. Well, I did try to buy a piano but someone beat me to it. I often check Craigslist for a nice piano for my daughter but I have yet to get lucky. As far as selling, I am thinking of selling some items on Amazon. Will have to see how that goes….

  25. Reply

    Wow, great information. I have to admit that I rarely use Craiglist so I don’t know much about the prices on there. I can see how some people wouldn’t know what to price their items at. If you know what you’re doing, you could probably get a good deal.

    I had a friend who used to make a lot of money from seasonal items. He was actually a dumpster diver and would dig through dumpsters after holidays for items that didn’t sell. He had a garage full of stuff he would store until the holiday came back the next year. Then he would sell it online for a profit. Even if he made only a little off the items, he would make some money. It’s an unusual way to make some money, but it can pay off if you’re determined to make it work.

  26. Reply

    Oh boy, after seeing that table, I wish we had some skills in this area! It looks brand spankin’ new. Things are flying out of this house at an alarming rate, and we need to make some money on some of it. I think sometimes we’d rather not wait around for people, but we have made some good money on several items.

    One call we received was a bit scary, so we make sure to meet people in public places like Barnes and Noble parking lot.

    We are going to use your tips, Jacob. Thank you!

      • Jacob
      • May 7, 2013
      Reply

      It doesn’t look new in person! List it all on there, you’d be surprised what will sell.

      Yeah, definitely some quacks on CL, so good advice on meeting in public!

  27. I have sold and purchased quite a bit on Craigslist. It is all about the information in the listing as well as how well you negotiate. Cash talks, but don’t offer too much. You also have to make sure you don’t fall for something that doesn’t seem right.

  28. Reply

    I made an extra $10 just yesterday by upselling someone who came to our house to buy an item. I just said “we’re also selling this lamp for $10” and she popped on it. Pretty sweet!

      • Jacob
      • May 7, 2013
      Reply

      That’s how it’s done Nick! I’ve done the same thing a couple of times. Actually sold a gun last month after the guy picked up a Nintendo Wii.

  29. How much time do you think you put into Craigslist flipping? That’s neat that you’ve found some good margins 🙂
    There isn’t much of a used sales market in the small town I live in, but if I was in a city, I think I’d buy a lot more things from Craigslist.

      • Jacob
      • May 7, 2013
      Reply

      It varies. I used to buy and sell a lot. Lately, not as much. I’ve made $2000 on a car that took nothing more than a 2 hour detail and an annoying trip with the crazy lady selling it. Small markets suck and I just don’t like big cities. Medium sized towns seems to be my favorite.

    • cj
    • May 7, 2013
    Reply

    This post comes at the perfect time as we are on a decluttering terror. Excellent tips, Jacob! We have made some money on Craigslist in the past and it is time for another round;)

      • Jacob
      • May 7, 2013
      Reply

      Give it a go! Stack that cheddar CJ…

  30. Reply

    I love selling stuff on Craigslist! I haven’t restored anything to sell on there, but that does sound like a good strategy if you are handy like that. I like to buy items at a deep discount and then resell them at a premium. Sometime it takes longer to sell, but it pays off in the end.

      • Jacob
      • May 7, 2013
      Reply

      We do that too. Lots of different ways to make a buck on CL!

  31. Reply

    I’ve gotta be honest, I’m pretty terrible at selling things on craigslist. I haven’t given it too much effort, but I’ve pretty much always failed. These tips seems pretty helpful though. Thanks!

      • Jacob
      • May 7, 2013
      Reply

      Haha, how have you failed?

  32. Reply

    Awesome advice Jacob. I’ve done a little Craigslist buying and selling ans im always amazed at how easy it is to negotiate. Most people who are selling really just want to get rid of their item more than they care about how much they sell it for. I routinely get things for half what they we’re listed at

      • Jacob
      • May 7, 2013
      Reply

      Sounds like you know how to play the game! Very nice.

  33. Awesome post! I have only bought ONE thing on Craigslist (the kitchen table I’m currently sitting at), and it was definitely a steal. A friend’s wife flips things on Craigslist and I have certainly entertained the idea. I also know someone who buys, refinishes, and sells furniture for a full-time job. Seems like a great way to make money from home.

      • Jacob
      • May 7, 2013
      Reply

      Thanks DC. There are a ton of ways to make a buck on CL.

  34. Reply

    I’ve never tried that before (heck, I haven’t even bought anything on Craigslist). I did try eBay of course. Great post!

      • Jacob
      • May 7, 2013
      Reply

      Thanks Troy!

  35. Reply

    Does it mean that I’m old when the newspaper is the first place I think to list items for sale? Or that I’ve never used Craigslist to buy or sell a thing?

    Actually, don’t answer that. I already know the answer.

    Good points here though. I’d like to give this a try at some point. I’ve got some music equipment I might aim to sell on Craigslist. I’ll be sure to do my research like you suggest.

    Cheers!

      • Jacob
      • May 7, 2013
      Reply

      I can’t believe you haven’t used it! Music equipment and electronics are big hitters, give it a try!

  36. Reply

    I’ve bought and sold on Craigslist…it’s great! The only thing is, some people are not very trustworthy, like they say they want the item and are going to come and pick it up and never show. So, when I sell, I never promise my items to anyone…first come, first served!

    The spam emails can be annoying on Craigslist, but as long as you have common sense, you can usually weed them out. Love the idea of flipping stuff of Craigslist!

      • Jacob
      • May 7, 2013
      Reply

      Yeah, I don’t drive around for people and I don’t hold items. Overall it’s a pretty reliable system…

 

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