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SeilerBird

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Re: Experience with Craig's List
« Reply #30 on: September 21, 2016, 07:41:27 PM »
I bought my current RV off of Craigslist and it was 500 miles away. After I test drove it I made him an offer and he accepted it. We went to my bank and I got a cashiers check cut for him and we signed it over in the bank lobby. The whole deal took two hours.
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Re: Experience with Craig's List
« Reply #31 on: September 29, 2016, 10:09:06 AM »
A new, improved Craigslist experience... even better and faster than my previous uses!

I am in the market for a new-to-me daily driver, a 3-row midsize SUV.  In preparation for that cash purchase, I put up a Craiglist ad for my current vehicle (2007 Chrysler Pacifica with 163k miles) this past Monday.  I only posted the ad in my local central Illinois CG website, and planned to re-post in largers areas around me (Chicago, St. Louis, Indianapolis) within a few days, in the hopes of drawing in a buyer from a couple hours away.  My hope was to have the vehicle sold within a month or so.

A nice guy called about the Pacifica the next day (Tuesday), came to check it out yesterday (Wednesday), put cash in my hand, and drove away with it.  Nicest older gentleman I ever met, buying the Pacifica for his granddaughter who just had a baby.

So that 2-day sale cost me nothing (except about 30 minutes to take quality photos and make the online ad), and would have happened in 1 day but the buyer's bank was already closed when he first called on Tuesday.

Also, I almost restricted my Craigslist ad communication options to e-mail only.  Then I figured I better add my cell phone number for texts.  Then I thought, "okay I'll allow voice calls too" since there are some people that still do that.  ;)  Good thing I did, as this gentleman said he does not e-mail unknown strangers through Craigslist and hardly ever uses his cell phone.  When he said, it ain't for text messaging!

Win-win situation.  Although this is the first time I've ever sold a vehicle, before already owning its replacement!  ???  (Luckily I have my Suburban and a classic Pontiac I can drive in a pinch.)
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Re: Experience with Craig's List
« Reply #32 on: October 01, 2016, 05:46:10 PM »
We buy off of ebay have bought a ton of stuff, no issues so far.

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Re: Experience with Craig's List
« Reply #33 on: October 01, 2016, 06:07:24 PM »
I have sold a trailer, 2 cars, and a very old 1977 F600 dump truck with a sign in my front yard or
the local yard sale forum within a few days of putting them out. Day before yesterday listed
a mattress set and a couch on our local yard sale site and had them sold in an hour or so.

And we live out in the country, way out on a secondary state road.

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Re: Experience with Craig's List
« Reply #34 on: October 03, 2016, 08:48:41 AM »
I've had very good luck with Craigslist.

My current (and only) motorhome came from there.

I sold stuff on it too.

You MUST use good common sense and it doesn't feel right DON'T DO IT!

Also if you plan to sell something include loads of pics and a LONG detailed list of included parts and options plus a nice lengthy informative description. Write all this OFF LINE and get it all nice, neat and perfect, then copy and paste.

For editing, it helps to read it out loud to yourself and others before finalizing everything.

If you have included a ton of information then the only phone calls you will get will be from buyers with money in hand.

I suggest you DO include your phone number and plan to answer every phone call and not waste time with phone tag. Craigslist hides your number from robots, the potential buyer has to click through to get your number.

For instance when I sold my old bicycle I was competing against over 1800 bicycle for sale! I spent hours writing up a lengthy informative advertisement and included some freebies and lots of pics.

I posted the ad.

An hour later the first call came in.

Another hour they arrived.

Twenty minutes later we are loading up the bicycle.

In under three hours, my ad was put up, item sold and ad gone. The other 1800 bicycle ads were still there. Many with barely a sentence describing them and some didn't even bother with even a crummy pic.





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