Craigslist curious

Olson_jr

Active Member
What I do with US Audiomart is look at it, a lot, like, way too much. Selling there hadn't even occurred to me. Do you list stuff as specifically local pick up only or does it just work out that way sometimes?

I listed some CD racks and a Bryston Amp I did not have a box for as local only and they both sold. Couple of other things I was willing to ship and they sold locally. That search by ZIP feature can be nice or nice and expensive.
 
A lot of good advice to which I will add:
My own flare up , flared back up during this winter. I started watching Craig's List. I have gotten several GREAT deals on lawn care equipment via Craig's List. Audio not so much. BUT
I have bought a number of things on FaceBook Marketplace. Three equipment racks. A Yamaha DVD player that can play SACDs and has 7.1 analog outs. A bunch of Crown Amplflyers. Several Hafler Amplflyers. Other things that I can't remember. I even bought an SACD from a guy in Quebec via FBM.
You do have to be a FB member which many aren't. But its better than Craig's List. You can get a look at the FB profile of anyone that expresses interest or is selling something.
 

SPL db

Junior Member
Really good advice here. I can't stress enough to make sure the equipment is clean in the pictures along with very clear pictures.

You can get a feel for the person that you're dealing with by just a few emails. Some I just meet at the door and hand them the piece and the give me the money and we're all good.

Others I invite into my garage/workshop area and we test the gear, they see others and more sales are made.

I list my gear with everything that is wrong with it or if it is in perfect working condition. On my local CL, there are a few of us "regulars" that we know who is who by their posting style, area of location, etc.

Once you get your feet wet, you will find out what works best for you in your area.
 

fiddlefye

Senior Member
Over the years I've sold quite a lot on Kijiji (Canadians are much more into it than Craigslist), Craigslist and CAM as well as on BT on AK and other sites. The points given already are all excellent.

The first thing I do is always to do some really good photos of whatever it is I'm selling. I usually take things out to the back yard and set up a white table cloth with the item on it in some nice, bright but indirect light. Four good shots showing everything well are enough. I never do little detail shots of blemishes. It might be "super honest" to do so, but I make sure that the general photos make those easy enough to see without making a point of them.

Next is to imagine my target audience. If it is something with a wide market like a vintage Marantz receiver or decent lower-end turntable my local Kijiji will do just fine and Kijiji has a pretty long reach. I've sold some antique furniture pieces to folks from as far away as Toronto and Kingston that way. Something with a narrower appeal like a 2-track RTR deck or higher-end amp goes on CAM.

I make sure there is plenty of communication beforehand so I know the buyer pretty well and can scope out where and how to meet. If I get a really good vibe (99% of the time) I just have them come to my house. I'm not going to meet someone considering the purchase of a multi-thousand-dollar violin in a parking lot somewhere. They want to hear the instrument and I want them to as well.

So far out of several dozen sales of many things I've not had one bad experience.
 

MikeT.

Senior Member
What I do with US Audiomart is look at it, a lot, like, way too much. Selling there hadn't even occurred to me. Do you list stuff as specifically local pick up only or does it just work out that way sometimes?

I've sold waaay too much on US Audio Mart and purchased a fair amount there as well. My experience has been excellent. It's worked out local and long distance.
 

240sx4u

Technically It's LexusGuy
One piece of advice I have is that you don't really need to have someone inside your house for some purchases. If you're selling something very $$ that requires serious listening it makes sense, but for other sales you can set up a decent sounding rig in a garage or driveway to prove it all works well.

If you have a LOT of gear, start out listing a couple of them with good photos and descriptions. Don't be afraid to list all blemishes even if they're very minor. If I see an ad where someone points out a tiny scratch that leads me to believe they're being very critical in the description and I won't be disappointed when I arrive.

As far as what John said, I don't like talking on the phone so I tend to avoid it. I have bought and sold quite a bit of gear over the years and to be honest almost every transaction was smooth and reasonable. If you do have a good transaction don't be afraid to let that person know you have more gear available. I'm usually willing to work deals with repeat buyers because their a known quantity.
 
I put a HSU sub on Craig's list. It sat for about a month with 2 scam replies. Yesterday, I got a bite. The buyer came by and auditioned the sub in my rig. He bought it. Then he asked about the Lacewood Heresy 3's that were in the foyer. He had a woodshop for 35 years and liked the veneer. He bought them too. When he was listening to the sub he asked about the tube amp I have. I told him that I have a tube amp, Triode Corp TRK 34-88, to sell too. He checked it out and I told him I'd bring it to his house with a few different tubes so he could hear it in his rig. So, you never know.
 

Audionut

Next Round Is On Me
One thing that may have been noted already; I’ve seen a lot more of these scam type emails asking to buy your product. Quite the generic response and you will see some variation of this:

“It's cool and i am interested. are you the 1st owner of it ? i don't check cl mail, my email address is tomballantynecareer.doctor43......
 
I see a lot of scammer ads for cars on CL. Price is too good to be true, the photo looks terrible (since it's been saved and uploaded so many times--they looked "ragged," for want of a better term), and they usually put an email address right in the photo, or in the ad.

I'll sell or give away some of my household crap on CL, but I gave up doing audio sales there several years ago when I listed a few things and all I got were the scumbag lowballers arguing with me. Interesting how the same items on USAM, same prices, got me no arguments--just regrets that I wanted to sell locally and not ship. I'm getting ready for some major purging now that I'm engaged in house hunting. 👍
 

adaug

Awaiting Updated Member Status.
One thing that may have been noted already; I’ve seen a lot more of these scam type emails asking to buy your product. Quite the generic response and you will see some variation of this:

“It's cool and i am interested. are you the 1st owner of it ? i don't check cl mail, my email address is tomballantynecareer.doctor43......
ive gotten those emails too. i dont understand the scam attempt. they wait to hear back from you to judge how gullible you seem, and then throw out the old "i'll send you a money order for more than the asking price" routine?
 
Still planning on going West, young man?
Yep, although it will take a year or two before it happens. I don't want to blindly move to an area I'm unfamiliar with (we have a few areas we're scouting out), and then there's the work/job situation. I've already ruled out a few due to the insanity of housing prices, so there's that. One neat feature I liked in Arizona is that some houses have a tall RV garage attached; I'm thinking Bendpak lift possibilities. 😁 Although a pole barn out in the sticks isn't such a bad idea either.
 

Olson_jr

Active Member
Bendpak lift

A guy I worked with at Ford retired to the Prescott Valley area. Built a nice house with great mountain views, and a giant Pole Barn for his race car, hot rods, and motorhome. He had always wanted a hoist to work on his stuff. It was nice until other folks discovered the area and built bigger houses and bigger barns that blocked his mountain views.
 
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