There have been several recent threads complaining about Craigslist. So I thought I would post this. Many people dislike or are suspicious of Craigslist, and that's fine. But I have been using CL steadily for more than 10 years and have bought and sold many, many dozens of items, and I don't think I have had a single bad experience. I buy everything used, and when I'm done with it I re-sell it and usually get my money back, sometimes more. If you're patient, anything you want eventually pops up. It certainly can be annoying sometimes, but I think it mostly depends on your attitude. Here are a dozen tips for how I make Craigslist work for me: 1. Until the transaction has been made, nothing is guaranteed. Nobody has to buy what you're selling, or accept your terms. Nobody owes you anything. 2. Everything is negotiable. People can ask for anything they want, and so can you. No need to get all bent out of shape. Not what you want? Just say no. 3. You will get low-ball offers. Just ignore, delete, or politely say no. Also keep in mind that sometimes low-ball offers are made because many sellers ask way too much for their items, so sellers sometimes play games too. Don't be like that. Also, I have found that sometimes low-ballers are actually willing to come way up from their first offer. It doesn't hurt to talk. 4. Buyers will flake out. Just accept the fact that only about 1 out of 5 people who contact you will actually follow through. Refer to #1 above. 5. People will ask if your item is still available. For some reason this really seems to piss people off. Don't let it. Just give the answer. The reason people ask that is because the majority of items listed for sale on CL are actually not still available. People forget to take their ad down, or whatever. When I inquire about an item listed for sale, I only get a response back about 1/3 of the time. Oh well. 6. Should you let people come to your house? I do. For instruments and amps, people generally want to play and listen to them. Secondly, what are you afraid of? That they will rob you? Well, maybe, but why would they? It would be a dumb thing for them to do since it would be pretty easy to catch them because there is an email or text message record of who they are. 7. Should you go to someone else's house? Sure, why not? Same as above, are you afraid they'll rob you? That would be pretty dumb. 8. People may want you to drive to meet them somewhere. It's up to you how far you're willing to drive. If I'm selling a $10 item it won't be too far. But I've driven up to an hour to close a major sale. 9. If you have any doubts at all, TALK to the person. I almost always talk directly on the phone to someone, or have a detailed email exchange, to sense how serious and reliable a person is. Serious buyers will ask questions, and want to know the details. If someone strikes me as a flake or suspicious in any way, I just drop it. But that hardly ever happens. 10. Know the market value of your item. If you are unsuccessful selling your item, it's probably because you are asking too much $$$. You can easily research on ebay, Reverb, etc, to find general market value for anything. Many items on CL are way, way overpriced, and the ads sit there forever. Others items are gone instantly. If you want to sell something, price it fairly and someone will buy it. 11. If you are selling, re-post or renew your item often. On CL, ads are displayed with newest first. The older your ad is, the farther down the list it will be. If you are in a big market, you will drop far down very quickly. Renew or re-post every week. 12. Craigslist is better than online marketplaces like ebay or Reverb, because you avoid the cost and hassle of packing and shipping, avoid commission fees, and it gives you the chance to meet other musicians in your area. I have had a lot of good discussions, and learned a lot, from talking to the people I buy/sell with. They are usually people very similar to me.