How to Use Craigslist to Buy and Sell in Your Local Area

Craigslist is ancient in terms of websites. The site was created in 1995 by a guy named Craig Newmark (hence the site’s name).  

How to Sell on Craigslist

To list something on Craigslist, head over to the home page and click “create a posting” in the top left corner of the page. Having an account is not required to create a posting.

Titles are Important

In your title, try to be descriptive and include as many relevant keywords as possible, so your item will show up in more search results. 

You can add 1,000 characters in the description, so this is where you want to convince buyers why they should buy your item. Don’t make the listing sound better than it is, but try your best to make the sale sound like a great deal. 

Use the Description to Make the Sale

What Optional Information Should You Provide?

On top of the required information, you can also provide some optional details if you want. Depending on the item category, you will have the option to provide things like the make/manufacturer, model number, measurements, and condition.  

Pictures are Worth a Thousand Word

After you click continue on the location page, you will add images. Pictures actually aren’t required on Craigslist, but not adding them is a big mistake.

Publish and Wait

After you upload all the images, you’re officially done with the listing! Once you click continue, it will take you to a review page so you can make sure everything is how you want it.

How to Buy on Craigslist

Buying on Craigslist is pretty straightforward. All you have to do is go to the site, click the category you want to search in, or click “all for sale” and either scroll through the listings or enter a search term in the search bar to narrow the listings down.

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