Monday, September 21, 2009

Do you use Craigslist?

This weeks topic on Friend Makin' Monday is Craigslist.
Amber wants to know...

Do you use Craigslist? What have your experiences been?
Good or bad? What was the best thing you've ever bought?
What was the best deal you ever sold?

I LOVE Craigslist. We. (Gary & I) have sold and bought tons of things using this service. I strongly believe that one persons junk is another persons treasure! We are very safe about how we interact with the buyers of the things we sell. I always make sure that someone is here when they come look at the items. I NEVER let them in my house. I usually have items in the garage, and I haven't sold anything while home alone. Gary or another adult has been here with me just in case. I have met people in public places to buy/sell and that is even better!

We recently sold a BBQ pit. We are a grilling family, and Gary purchased a pit that didn't quite cook they way they liked, so he asked me to post it! And sell it I did! It sold in about a week and a half! We have sold a ton of baby stroller, crib bedding, clothes, a bouncer, and infant formula that Hayden was allergic to.

We have purchased a pick-up truck and a jeep on Craigslist. Gary is a handy man, so with the truck he fixed it up and resold it. The jeep we got attached to and still drive it to this day. We bought Hayden's captains bed and a double stroller. The double stroller was a steal...and it was barely used.

We also cleaned out the garage and posted a free listing. That was crazy. We got more hits on the lawn mower and weed eater that didn't work than on anything else. I am assuming the little old man used them for parts, but couldn't wait to beat the next guy here for a broken down lawn mower. If you want something gone in a it for free.

All in all we have had success with Craigslist. Sometimes scammers email me, but I just delete the email and go on. I don't have time for crazy people.

My next Craigslist venture? We are searching for an old gaming system. Layla has been asking us to play video games like her friend Mia. I don't think I want to go out and by a Wii, because neither Gary or I are 'gamers.' She will probably just get bored with it, so I don't want to spend a ton of money. I'm thinking an old XBOX or something similar that has some kids games included would be fun to have. If you have any recommendations let me know so I know what to look for!

Head on over to Amber's blog to tell us about your Craigslist experiences! Happy FMM!


Becca said...

Depending on what your daughter likes, Nintendo systems might be better. They seem to make more child-friendly games :)

shortmama said...

Man after reading everyones craigslist stuff I think I need to check it more often. Already today I found an awesome bed for my oldest, just need to talk to the hubs about it and it might be ours!!

Michelle @ Delicate Construction said...

I so agree about how fast things disappear for free!

Christie said...

Wow! You have had a lot of
craiglist success. =)

As far as game system recommendations, I'm not much of a gamer myself but I bought the wii a couple of Christmas' ago...Brayden loves it. We don't play it all that often, but I like how interactive the basic games are that come with it..the bowling, tennis, baseball, etc..Those games are just as satisfing for him.

LeAnna said...

We love craigslist! My hubby has scored some great finds on there. ;)

If you're going to invest in any game system, definitely get a Wii! It is so versatile, and great fun. Neither my husband or I are big gaming people, but we love playing the sports, and using the Wii fit to ski, etc. It's a blast!

Amber Filkins said...

See, you rock! I love other Craigslist junkies like myself. If you can push through some of the less desirable things, it's definitely worth it.

I wanna see a pic of the captain's bed!!

And I just put a ton of stuff out in front of our garage today, and when we were about to put it all in the back of the van to take it to Goodwill, it donned on me that that's probably why I had a BLACK WIDOW in my car last week!!! So, I may go the 'free' route. :P

Brigetta Schwaiger said...

We sold our motorhome on Craigslist. It was great. I'm planning to sell my suburban next.