The Craigslist Buying & Selling Guide

How to buy and sell on Craigslist the safe way. Protect your personal information.

From a buying perspective Craigslist is a great place to find awesome deals on cars, furniture, electronics, tickets and more. If you are selling something, Craigslist is great because it provides a free resource for you to display your items and services.

Safe Craigslist Buying & Selling

The challenge with buying and selling on Craigslist is not only do you have online scams to deal with but you also have some pretty awkward, creepy and downright dangerous people to watch out for. Also unlike selling on eBay where you typically never meet with the buyer or seller, when using Craigslist, it is best for your fiscal protection to meet with the buyer or seller in person. This however presents a different danger especially for women. The following are some quick tips for conducting a successful buying/selling meeting from Craigslist.

•Clearly describe item and selling terms as much as possible in ad
•Speak with buyer or seller over the phone before going to a meeting
•Meet with the buyer or selling in a well lit public place such as a store parking lot
•Take someone with you to meeting if possible and let someone know you are going

Craigslist Email

Protecting Your Information

One of the most important parts of staying safe when selling on Craigslist is by hiding and keeping your personal information as anonymous as possible. When posting an ad you can completely hide your email but this will give any potential buyer no way to reply directly to your ad. You will have to include your email directly in the ad which is not recommended as computer programs called robots constantly scrape sites like Craigslist for your personal information and then will use it to spam your email. In some rare cases even try to scam you by using it.

Choosing the "anonymize" option is the best way, however be sure to use a secondary email because once a buyer replies and then you reply to them they now have your email address. Do not use your primary email, especially if it is work or school related.

Choosing to put your phone number in your Craigslist ad is a personal preference but one that can open you up to dangerous and "spammy" activity. If you are going to put it in the ad it is best to make a picture of it and attach it or cloak it with some other method such as spelling out a few of the numbers. This will prevent robots from capturing your phone number for spam calling centers and text blasters.

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Craigslist Cars

Buying & Selling a Car or Truck on Craigslist

Many people ask, "How do I sell my car on Craigslist safely." The Craigslist Cars & Trucks section is the most popular for sale section on Craigslist and has practically put many competitors such as Auto Trader completely out of business. This free to post alternative is great for the consumer but is also ridden with scams, cons and other illegal activity.

There are many guidelines on what to watch out for when buying or selling a car on Craigslist, but the biggest rule of thumb to follow is that if you cannot meet with the other party in person and see the vehicle live, then it's probably not safe.

Making Money on Craigslist

Craigslist can be a great advertising and marketing medium for businesses but can also be a good platform for buying and selling items for profit. There have been numerous stories of people that use Craigslist to buy and then resell items for profit. Many users also use Craigslist simply to sell while they obtain their items from garage sales, swap meets, pawn shop and auctions. Regardless of the method, Craigslist opens up ecommerce to the common individual, and connects sellers with buyers for free.