Craigslist Tips for Buying

If you're looking for something to get off of Craigslist, it's a very cheap place to look. Tips for a successful transaction and not getting ripped off:

1. Follow your gut. If something seems shady in the ad or with the seller once you establish contact, remember you ALWAYS have the right to walk away, at any time.
2. Safety first. Bring along a friend to pick up the goods or meet the seller in a public place during the day if possible. Again, use common sense!
3. Assume there is no return policy and check to make sure what they are offering you is what they promised. Don't be afraid to ask questions and check it out. Plug it in, turn it on, look at all sides, open it up, sit on it- check to make sure it works how it's supposed to BEFORE you hand over your cash! Once you let go of the cash it's a lot harder to negotiate if you find fault with what you just bought.
4. Negotiate! You don't HAVE to buy anything for the listed price. Usually there is some room to negotiate -- even if it's exactly what you wanted, you can usually save yourself some cash if you are polite about it. For example: "This rocking chair is great... I know it's listed at $25 but can I give you $20 for it?" Try it out, the worst they can say is no!

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