This weekend I have been working on getting rid of some used furniture on Craigslist. One of the listings was for some chairs left over from my husband’s office remodel.
I received three responses to my ad about the chairs. The first was an offer to buy two of the six chairs. The second email read simply, ‘are the chairs still available?’. The third response said this:
Hi I would like to pay for and pick up your chairs if you still have them. I am located in [your city] and can bring cash over at your convenience.
Please let me know. I look forward to hearing from you.
Guess which email I answered first?
This buyer did several things that I’m going to remember to do the next time I’m buying on Craigslist:
- She let me know she was interested in buying, not just looking. (Of course she could have always rejected the chairs once she got here if she found they weren’t in good shape.)
- She told me she was in my city, which let me know she could be here quickly.
- She told me she was a cash buyer.
The rest of my correspondence with her was equally professional. Thirty minutes later the chairs were gone. She wanted the chairs and she acted fast. I’m taking notes!
I also wrote two articles at eHow based on my Craigslist experiences this weekend: