Link Love – Adventures in Craigslist Sales

| April 6, 2013 | 36 Comments

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So recently my BF and I have been doing some spring cleaning and selling some unused furniture on Craigslist to make a few bucks, and this week I may have gone a bit overboard. First it started with a slightly used cake pop maker (sigh, we had a good run BabyCakes). I sold it in just one day and man was it such a rush! Sure I only got $15 for it (I paid $33.59 for it new), but it was such a relief that someone could take it off my hands and getting some cold hard cash from a total stranger was exhilarating!

So after that I listed our kitchen table and chairs (we’ve used it probably twice in the past year), my desk (which I just use to put crap on), and some bookcases that are just taking up space (same with the books now that I’ve got a Kobo). I found a buyer for one of the bookcases fairly quickly but what I didn’t expect was the mountain of emails that would roll in for the kitchen table. I got like 30 emails the first day! And man oh man were some of those emails ridiculous! People asking me to slash the price in half, to deliver it to their house, and some jerks would just never reply back to my emails to them. Ugh, people!

Luckily I was able to find a buyer for it on Wednesday, but it was a pretty bizarre experience to say the least. It was a girl I was in communication with, but she ended up sending her boyfriend to pick it up while she just sat in the car outside of our place. Her boyfriend was nice but to be honest, I think he may have been high? He just wouldn’t stop moving or talking and kept making these weird loud sigh sounds. In the end we got the money, but we had to help him disassemble the entire thing because his trunk was pretty small and already full of stuff, and basically it took 30 minutes for him to leave .

Once he left, my BF and I ran back into our apartment, locked the door, and promised each other we’d take a break from Craigslist for a little while. On the upside, it is pretty neat that Craigslist can get people together who would otherwise never interact with one another. That’s something…right?

On another note, I got to meet up with Girl Meets Debt, Blonde on a Budget, and When Life Gives You Lemons Add Vodka the other night. I don’t know why I forgot to mention how important networking with other bloggers is in my post on Wednesday, but I’ll tell you right now, it’s super important! I can’t tell you how much I’ve learned from meeting up with other bloggers and I always feel so inspired and motivated afterwards. Thanks girls!

Speaking of inspiration and motivation, here are some of my favourite blog posts from this week:

An Update from the West Coast by Blonde on a Budget

How It All Began – My Financial Background by Liquid Independence

Importance of Finding the Best Realtor When Buying a Home by Modest Money

Things I Wish American PF Bloggers Knew About New Zealand by NZ Muse

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  1. Savvy Scot says:

    Oh dear… sounds painful. In the UK we have a non-emergency line too which sounds similar – NHS 24.

  2. 811 is great and totally under utilized! Especially in more rural settings where your choices are only emergency or nothing. It aggravates me to no end that I have to go waste emergency room resources to get tested for strep throat, etc, because there is no clinic! Yay for spreading the word.

    Also so you know, they tend to hire experienced RNs and they get a computer system similar to a call center help line, so their assessment follows nice protocols and is very thorough. The person on the other end of the line has worked and seen a lot, so they can understand your descriptions and ask the right questions in addition to what they see on their screen.

    • I never though of that but ya I can see how that would be super useful in a more rural area. My BF said the nurse he talked to was really nice and helpful, and the fact that she could tell his wrist was in need of attention just from his description over the phone must mean she knows her stuff!

  3. Jordann says:

    The only time I’ve used 8-1-1 was when my fiancée had a nasty baseball related accident. It was so helpful!

    • It’s nice to know that you can call 8-1-1 before rushing the emergency room and waiting hours to find out it’s nothing serious. Or on the flip side to get confirmation that yes you should definitely go to the hospital. So glad this help line exists!

  4. Bogofdebt says:

    I’m always that hardheaded person who made the mistake of not going to the ER or the clinic. I usually tell people that they should at least make an appointment with their doctor if something is unually weird/hurtful.

    • I don’t know why but I love going to the doctor. Well maybe not love, but I just even like the reassurance from the doctor that nothing’s wrong. I think I’m just a bit of a hypochondriac though.

  5. Oh that’s cool! I wonder if we have something like that in the US? My BF’s mom actually hurt her wrist playing racquetball the other day and we had to go to the hospital where the ambulance took her. She actually got a concussion :X If my wrist were hurting I would check my insurance to see which physicians and hospitals are covered — a broken wrist is something that isn’t life threatening to me but if it was, I’d go to the ER or at least urgent care!

    • Hmm I’m sure there is some type of helpline in the states, I’ll do some investigating. I guess health care in the US is so different than here, I forget that everyone has private insurance, but ya, checking to see if you are covered first is definitely something to remember! Or you can just marry a Canadian and move here, and not worry about it :)

  6. Daisy says:

    I’ve actually never heard of this! I hate waiting at the clinic – I’m sooo impatient and it’s usually 30-60 minute wait. Good tip!

  7. jefferson @seedebtrun says:

    Ha…I doubt this exists in the states. There’s no way in fact, as we don’t give our citizens even the most basic of care and advice without collecting a copay. :/
    -Michelle

  8. Thanks so much for the mention! We’ve had some weird Craigslist experiences too. When hubby sold his fishing boat, we had people fighting over it – scary stuff!

  9. Jose says:

    Craigslist quite a bit, I’ve sold so much “junk” we no longer need that I have lost track of how much “debt pay down” money I’ve raised on it!

  10. hahaha, yes selling things to strangers can be quite the experience.. I´ve met so many random people when I´ve sold furnitures, dvds and such, but hey, as long as they pay the money! and yes,, the feeling of getting cold hard cash IS exhilarating!

  11. Michelle says:

    I’m always looking at Craigslist, but have never actually used it myself (W has though). And ahhhh so jealous of the meetup! A bunch of awesome ladies.

  12. John S @ Frugal Rules says:

    Ah, Craigslist…it’s always interesting to see some of the “crazies” come out of the woodwork when you post something on it. It can be nice to use though and get rid of some junk Thanks so much for the mention, have a great weekend!

  13. Girl Meets Debt says:

    Networking with other bloggers IRL is super fun! I guess we’re pretty lucky to have such wonderful sassy bloggers in the lower mainland ;) Let’s do it all again soon! Thanks for the link love!

  14. OutlierModel says:

    We’re kind of Craigslist pro’s – there’s an art to weeding out the crazies in your email responses. I’m actually trying to sell a mattress on Craigslist today, since our new one is being delivered. Will let you know how it goes!

  15. You’re welcome! Honestly we’ve sold stuff before and this was the weirdest experience by far.

  16. CanadianBudgetBinder says:

    Glad to hear you were able to sell on Craigslist. I’ve never used the site myself but we have used Kijiji to sell items we no longer want. It works but sometimes it can get to be too much. We had someone try to give us a fake cheque for a $300 GC we had, ummm NO!! Have a great weekend!

  17. femmefrugality says:

    I no joke have a post scheduled on pretty much this same topic. Craigslist can be SCARY! And scheduling people to actually come get the stuff is such a PITA.

  18. I get on a Craigslist role sometimes! It does feel good to get something off your hands (and make money doing it) that you don’t need anymore. I need to sell some more stuff. I think it’s just the effort of taking the pics and listing it that makes me kind of lazy.

  19. Liquid_Independence says:

    Glad you were able to sell your stuff. I usually do Craigslist transaction in public places but I guess that’s not an option for furniture lol. Thanks for the mention :)

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