Selling Clothes on Craigslist

Headlines matter

People who are looking for things on Craigslist usually enter the word(s) they want in the search box. Craigslist displays a list of posts containing that word, in order with the most recent post on top, similar to how blogs post. Postings with headlines that include the word, with descriptions including size, are most often opened.

Price matters

When selling clothes on Craigslist, keep in mind that the shoppers are looking for bargains. And many of them are simply browsing and will only pay attention to postings that look like a bargain, or a “steal”. It is critical to include the price in the space provided. It is wise to price as low as you can.

Description matters

When you are selling clothes on Craigslist, remember that the readers cannot touch and examine the items the way they could in a store. Providing detailed descriptions will attract buyers and also rule out people who are not your buyers, saving you time and aggravation.

Facts tell, photos sell

Did you notice that Craigslist includes a small wording, “pic”, in orange font at the end of each listing. Busy shoppers are more likely to click on a listing that has a “pic” than one that does not, if all else is equal.

Protect yourself

Protect both your privacy as well as your sanity: don’t put your own phone number or email address in the posting when selling clothes on Craigslist. The site offers an option where you can anonymize your email address; they will forward emails to you.

Never let a buyer meet you at your home. Arrange to meet in a public place during daylight hours.

Cash only

If you are selling clothes on Craigslist to generate cash, then accept only cash. You will not have to wait for checks to clear both banks, or risk having stop payments placed on the checks.