Thursday, December 13, 2007
Craigslist Vs. Ebay
I have been an avid fan of ebay for a number of years now. I have bought and sold quite a bit on there. More sold, than bought. I have tried to pay for Christmas stuff as much as possible through sales of black Friday purchases and hot items of the year. The upside...it is a bidding war and you can get more than what you hope for. The downside...having to ship it out and pay all the fees from ebay and paypal. I have also had to deal with people who claim they didn't bid and someone must've gotten on to their account. I had one guy do that last year and one guy last week.
This year I have gotten onto Craigslist. The upside...I set a price and there are no extra fees and no shipping. The downside...having to sort through a number of fakes (new revelation to me today) and driving out to meet someone I don't know. So far all my meetings have been good. Although one guy never showed up and didn't answer his phone. grrr. There is reason to be careful though. That is why I don't have anyone come to my house (unless it is a TV entertainment system...interested? $75). I also don't like haggling. Especially when I agree to meet with someone and then they offer me a lower price than what I asked for. That should be done before you meet, unless the person sees that it is not what they thought or says they just want to take a look at it first before they decide.
The biggest thing I really like is not having to pay fees and shipping.
It is a bit of a toss up for me. I am not sure where I land on which I like the best. I have been on ebay for so long. It's kind of like a relationship, ya know? I have 100% positive feedback, etc. I also don't have to worry about any shady characters.
I am careful when I meet people and meet in well lit and people filled areas.
So for now, I think I will craigslist things until Sunday. Then I will ebay the rest for 1 day auctions so I can ship stuff out before I leave for vacation. We will see what happens.