Tips for Buying on Craigslist

By now everyone has heard of Craigslist. It is a great place to find deals in your local area, and you don't have to pay for shipping. Craigslist can be a gold mine, but it can also pose some serious risks. If you do your homework, you can come home with a treasure.

Safety Tips:
1. Always ask to meet in a public place. This is not only for your safety, but it will make the seller feel safe as well.
2. If it's impossible to meet at a public location, then take a friend with you. Never go alone to some one's house.
3. When you receive the address from the seller, check out the address on Google Earth. Look at the street view and check out the neighborhood. If it looks scary, or if you have reservations about that location do not go. No bargain is worth compromising your safety.

What Questions to Ask:
1. Find out everything you can about the item before agreeing to buy it. Ask if it has stains, does it work, does the item come from a smoke free and pet free home, what are the dimensions, and how old is it when applicable.
2. Ask to see additional pictures of the item.
3. Ask the seller what her bottom price is for the item or counter with an offer. Craigslist sellers usually put in a little cushion for negotiating. Haggling is apart of the deal.

What to Buy on Craigslist.
1. Furniture
2. Kid Toys
3. Kid Clothing
4. Books
5. Bicycles and Tricycles
6. Tools
7. Lawn Mowers and other gardening equipment
8. Freezers
9. Sporting Equipment
10. Moving Boxes
11. Antiques (if you have an educated eye)
12. Musical Instruments

Also, look for garage sale and estate sale ads on Craigslist. Many people advertise on this site and include pictures of what they are selling. Be smart and be safe. You can find some great deals if you ask the right questions.

Happy Shopping,


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