I sell a lot of things on OfferUp, Letgo, and Craigslist.
If you have sold things on these platforms, you will know how flaky people can be. It can be quite frustrating. I refuse to have strangers waste my time. I will not be held hostage waiting on anyone ever again.
Here are some tips & tricks I have found to be effective in order to feel less stressed.
Pricing: I like to price things to move. I list it for half of what I paid or I do some research to what others are selling it for and make it a few dollars less. No matter what price you list your item for- expect people to ask to buy it for less. It is okay to remain firm in your offer. The right match will come around once you stand your ground. Especially if it is a fair price. If you are willing to accept their offer – go ahead 🙂
Communication: Don’t expect it to be great. When people message me to ask if something is available- I answer yes and then delete their message. When people message me to say they will get back to me- I delete the message. I assume that people are going to flake so I just delete all messages. I don’t chase and I don’t follow up after I have provided pertinent information. Just let it go and move on. The serious ones will come back around. After some time, they become obvious.
**People who are good communicators will get back to you. They will answer your questions. They will set up a specific time to connect with you. They will be responsive and sometimes, just sometimes, even be the one to initiate the details. They will let you know when they are on their way (especially if you have requested they do so). They show up. Be sure to give them positive feedback about the aspects of their behavior you appreciate ❤
Location to meet: I like to find a business close to where I am located (this can serve as a reference point for them to map how far it will be from their location). I never give my physical address unless (it works best for my life) / I have gotten a good vibe, the communication has been good and they are ready to head my way. If the communication hasn’t been great, I just give them a business nearby and ask them to let me know when they are there and then I will come over. This will save your time. This way you don’t have to wait at your house for anyone. I understand that things come up which could change the time they are able to come. If you just ask them to let you know when they are there then you don’t have to be held hostage. Sometimes they don’t show up…. makes no difference to you since you aren’t waiting around on them and then a bunch of random strangers don’t have your home address.
I hope that you found these tips helpful. I hope if you use them, that they work out for you. Feel free to share tips that you find useful!!! I am always looking to improve…
Happy Selling out there!