How to sell items on Craigslist.


Small, very old house in Arhus, Denmark.

Since everyone downsizing their home will need to consider selling some of their possessions, here’s a quick summary of the steps involved in selling things on Craigslist.

1. Go to and click on the “post to classifieds” link in the upper left corner.

2. Then choose the “For Sale” category and the correct subcategory. (Take the time to read the information about scammers offered by Craigslist!!)

3. On the next screen insert the title of the post, a price and your email address. Regarding the email address, the default setting is to “anonymize” it, which is recommended, since there’s no need for it to be shown in the posting. Finally, add a somewhat detailed description of the item you are selling. If it looks like it’s almost new, don’t be bashful, say so. However, don’t mislead potential buyers, as you will only end up wasting everyone’s time. Don’t hesitate to provide the cost you paid for the item or its current cost if purchased new. For antiques or other collectibles, provide a recent appraised value, if one is available. Remember, the price must be reasonable or a bit less expensive than one might expect, if you want to sell it quickly. Also, the more reasonable the price, the greater the chance you’ll have multiple offers. (If you don’t have an email address, I recommend you get one or forget using Craigslist to sell your item.)

4. The next screen asks for a photo. Always include at least one good photo. I believe the more photos the better… It works in real estate, so why not when selling something else. I typically use a photo size of 244 KB or perhaps a little larger.

5. The next step is the email verification. Craigslist will send you an email to confirm the legitimacy of your email address and to request your acceptance of their terms of use. Save a copy of the email, so you can manage your posting. The Craigslist help function is excellent. Here’s the link

Photo courtesy of and Hradcanska’s photostream.


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