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How to Get Great Bargains on Craigslist

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What is your opinion of Craigslist? Does it seem like a cyber garage sale that is full of the garage sale type of people? Let’s generalize for a moment but we’re talking about the people who show up in the trucks that look like the engine could fall out at any minute and they want to haggle over your $1 shirt for sale.

Or maybe you’ve seen the news reports of somebody seriously injured by meeting with somebody to finalize a deal they made on Craigslist? Craigslist looks like a website that hasn’t been updated since the web was invented but that is part of what makes it such a great tool and if you can get beyond your preconceived notions, you stand to save a ton of money.

First, all of us should be reminded that the actions of a few don’t represent the masses and if we avoid meeting new people because they may be violent, we’re in for lonely life. However, just like in any situation where strangers are involved, use some common sense. If something doesn’t sound right, it probably isn’t. The truth is logical, consistent, and often easy to understand. Use this common sense approach to your Craigslist haggling.


Have you looked on Craigslist for your appliances? One person who makes his living buying and selling on Craigslist says that he buys $25 dishwashers that are less than one year old. As people decide that they want to upgrade to black or stainless steel appliances, they get rid of their white appliances for cheap. He then sells the same dishwasher for twice that amount for somebody who would rather purchase a new dishwasher for $50 instead of paying a repair person $150 or more to fix the old one.


Sound a little gross? Buy from somebody who presents themselves as clean, living in a non-smoking home (if that’s important to you) and appears to have taken care of the item. People with discretionary money may upgrade their furniture and need to get rid of their hardly used pieces before the delivery truck arrives. This means great savings for you.


If you don’t need the latest gadget as soon as it comes out, you can save a lot by waiting as little as a few months. Sometimes people make choices without evaluating the product. They get caught up in the craze of a new gadget but when they get it home and use it for a few months, they decide they don’t like it. The store isn’t going to give them a refund after it’s been used for that long so they go to Craigslist to recoup what they can. How about an IPad for 40% off or more? Or an $80 netbook?

Use common sense and don’t go alone when you make the deal. Don’t respond to anybody who wants to do a wire transfer or anything that doesn’t involve a face to face cash sale. If you take a common sense approach to buying on Craigslist, you’re sure to find some great bargains.

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4 Responses to “How to Get Great Bargains on Craigslist”

  1. elloo says:

    Absolutely regarding appliances. My brother scored a new very high end cooktop for cheap because the wealthy homeowner did not realize that her intended location for it violated fire codes. It was installed and yanked out, so she couldn’t return it.

  2. Strebkr says:

    Craigslist is great for items in these categories.

  3. Andy says:

    Craigslist is an amazing place to get good deals. I used to be obsessed with my car and it was a great place to get exactly the parts you want fast since it’s local. If you’re savvy enough, you can even turn a profit on good deals. I once bought an engine for $1000 and parted it out for at least double that. Best of all, I got to keep all the parts I wanted and sell everything I didn’t need.

  4. ace carolla says:

    i’ve bought a lot of stuff off craigslist over the years. i was once in reno, nevada and bought a used bike rack for me car. still use it, too!

    caveat emptor, though! but that goes for all things.

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