Craigslist.com The ultimate tax avoidance selling platform! An all cash sale has its benefits but in my current lifestyle, I just don’t have the room.Last week, I mentioned that I don’t really use Craigslist to source inventory. Now we’re talking about selling though. I’ve listed a few items on Craigslist but I haven’t put much effort into it. Surprise surprise, I haven’t had any success either! Limited effort = limited results.
I tried to sell some jack stands on Craigslist. I had gotten two pairs at a garage sale for $10, but an extra set came with the jack I bought from Sears. Who needs 6 jack stands? My car isn’t that long!
I tried selling them for $40 or best offer but had no luck. In the end, I got rid of them for $15 at my garage sale where I unloaded all of the crap that I shouldn’t have bought.
I probably could have gotten a little more creative with my ad though…
So ignoring my limited success, there is another reason that I don’t want to sell on Craigslist and that is time.
I’m on a very tight (self-imposed) schedule with my life, at least pre-baby #2. I try to relegate certain chunks of the day to different things.
I was listing in the morning during the week. I would wake up at 5AM every day and lifted weights Monday, Wednesday, Friday (got my squat PR from 245lbs up to 290lbs!! using Strong Lifts app) and photographed/listed/etc. on Tuesday and Thursday. I’m currently on a weightlifting break but will try to get back into it once the baby has a more routine sleep schedule.
That morning schedule I set up doesn’t have a lot of wiggle room. I also had a buffer in there for about 45 minutes which would let me eat and pack any items.
I’m able to drop off packages on the way to work either before my daughter is at daycare (a blue box), or if it doesn’t fit, I’ll drop it off at the post office because the vestibule is open 24/7. If it’s international (and not GSP), then I’ll swing by after work since you’re supposed to hand that to a postal employee.
Other than that though, I generally try not to touch eBay at night (unless there was something hard to ship). That’s family time. Trying to stay off my computer, limiting my TV watching, not just staring at my phone, and have fun with my wife and daughter instead.
I had this routine for a few months and hit it most days. Some days I’d miss the lifting, but overall I’d keep up except for a few misses here or there.
This ended up being a super productive few months for me. I upped my eBay store from ~200 items to over 350 (just about where I’m hovering now).
Now I’m kind of in a slump. I’m not sleeping well (due to having a brand new baby), I’m having trouble getting a routine going, and I’m just being a little blobby and dreading going back to work (even though I have a generous amount of time off for paternity).
So I guess what I’m trying to say with all of this is that I had a pretty tight schedule, even though it could be flexible if needed.
But Craigslist doesn’t fit into that. Craigslist takes a lot of time. Scheduling a meetup is such a pain in the butt. I don’t want to have to meet up with someone (who’s inevitably 15 minutes late).
I want to save the time for my family, not spend the time with some random person to make a few extra dollars.
So in the end, I’m able to schedule eBay into my life versus scheduling my life around Craigslist. If I didn’t have a 9-5 job, then this might change, but for now, I’ll just stick with eBay.