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    Craigslist Cash ............................................................................................................. 2

    Section 1 – Craigslist Quick Start ............................................................................... 3

    Avoiding Ghosting........................................................................................................ 3

    Rule #1 ....................................................................................................................... 3

    Rule #2 ....................................................................................................................... 3

    Craigslist Scams .......................................................................................................... 4

    Things to Avoid When Buying or Selling on Craigslist .............................................. 5

    Create Your Account ................................................................................................... 6

    Section 2 – Selling on Craigslist ................................................................................. 7

    Prepare Your Item for Sale .......................................................................................... 7

    Research Similar Postings .......................................................................................... 8

    Price Your Items .......................................................................................................... 8

    Take Good Photos ....................................................................................................... 8

    Provide Detailed Information ...................................................................................... 9

    Publish the Listing ....................................................................................................... 9

    Handling the Sale ......................................................................................................... 9

    What If You Don’t want to Use Email? ..................................................................... 10

    Handling the Transaction .......................................................................................... 10

    Section 3 – Craigslist Advanced Topics ................................................................... 11

    Google and Craigslist Tools and Widgets ................................................................ 11

    Craigslist Widgets ...................................................................................................... 11

    Craigslist.org Reader ................................................................................................. 11

    Misspellr ..................................................................................................................... 12

    CScrape ...................................................................................................................... 12

    Last Resort ................................................................................................................. 12

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    Craigslist Cash

    Craigslist is a great way to make some extra money. You can quickly sell items that

    are lying around your house or you can sell your own products or services. You can

    even buy items at garage sales or flea markets and turn around and sell them on

    Craigslist for a profit. As you can see, the possibilities really are endless. First,

    though, you need to familiarize yourself with Craigslist.

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    Section 1 – Craigslist Quick Start

    With 50,000,000 daily queries and 40 million new ads each month, Craigslist is a

    very popular website. Because of that, Craigslist is a great way to reach mass

    amounts of people.

    However, in order for you to be successful, you have to avoid ghosting.

    Avoiding Ghosting

    Ghosting occurs when Craigslist doesn’t post all of a person’s ads because he

    violated the site’s terms and conditions. I’m going to show you how to fly under the

    radar so this won’t happen to you.

    There are two rules that you need to know in order to avoid ghosting.

    Rule #1

    You should create a lot of different Craigslist ads so you can make a lot of money.

    Rule #2

    You should use lots of different Craigslist accounts when posting so you don’t get

    ghosted.

    On the surface, that sounds really simple. Just create some new email addresses

    and make a new post for each address. However, you need to make sure that each

    account has a fresh IP address, email address and phone number so Craigslist won’t

    be able to trace all of your accounts back to one place. On top of that, the VPN/IP

    needs to be set up for the city you’re running the ad in. Just go to Google and search

    for how to get multiple IP addresses. Then, follow the steps.

    Then, you’ll set up ads in multiple cities. This is simple to do. Just take an existing

    ad and spin it to make it your own. Just make sure you take out personal

    information and replace it with your own.

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    You can outsource this at or Elance.com, or you can do it yourself.

    Once you start posting your ads, wait 48 hours between posts for each account. Also,

    don’t just repost the same ads on different accounts at the same time. Let three

    days pass before you use the same ad, even if it’s for a different account.

    You’ll need to log in remotely to each account and each VPN will need to be set up

    in the city you’re posting for. Again, you can just Google how to do it and then you

    can get it set up.

    If you follow these tips, you shouldn’t be ghosted.

    Craigslist Scams

    Now, let’s look at some Craigslist scams so you’ll know how to avoid them.

    You can find the latest Craigslist scams at

    http://www.scambusters.org/craigslistscam.html.

    Craigslist also has a link for current scams. It’s at

    http://www.craigslist.org/about/scams.

    http://www.scambusters.org/craigslistscam.html http://www.craigslist.org/about/scams

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    It’s a good idea to check both links out so you can avoid falling victim to a scam or

    creating ads that appear to be scams.

    After you familiarize yourself with common scams, you’ll be ready to learn about the

    things you need to avoid when buying or selling on Craigslist.

    Things to Avoid When Buying or Selling on Craigslist

    First, you should avoid money transfers, wiring money or money that’s given to you

    upfront. Scammers use these kinds of tactics.

    Next, you need to avoid links that say “Click Here.” Sometimes, you’ll be redirected

    to a legitimate site, but other times, you won’t be, so it’s just best to avoid these

    links.

    Also, if you’re looking for a job, watch out for companies that don’t ask for a resume

    or any proof of eligibly. On top of that, avoid companies that offer excessive pay. If

    there is a job that promises to pay you a lot of money, ask yourself if the job is really

    worth that much. If it’s not, it’s probably a scam.

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    Finally, you need to watch out for repetition. If the same ad is posted in countless

    cities, it will look suspicious.

    Now that you know what to avoid, you’re ready to create your account.

    Create Your Account

    Go to Craigslist.org. If you’ve used Craigslist before, the page probably pulls up

    your default region. If you haven’t used the site before, pick the nearest city. Then,

    click “My Account.” You’ll be redirected to a new page, where you’ll need to select

    “Sign up for an account.”

    Go through the steps to create your account. Then, go to your email account and

    activate your account.

    Once you create your account, you’ll be ready to move onto the next section.

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    Section 2 – Selling on Craigslist

    Now, you’re ready to learn how to sell on Craigslist. When you sell on Craigslist,

    you need to:

    Let’s look at each of these in greater detail.

    Prepare Your Item for Sale

    Regardless of what you’re selling, you’ll likely have to get the item ready before you

    put it up for sale. For instance, if you’re selling an old cell phone, you’ll need to get

    rid of your contacts and personal information. You can do this by doing a software

    restore.

    If you’re selling a couch, you’ll need to clean it really well before you sell it.

    If you’re selling your own product, you’ll need to put the finishing touches on it and

    make sure it’s ready to sell.

    Once your item is prepared, you’ll be ready to research similar postings.

     Prepare your item for sale  Research similar postings  Price your item  Take some photos  Provide a detailed listing  Publish the listing

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    Research Similar Postings

    Before you post your item, take a moment to research similar postings. For

    instance, if you’re selling an iPhone 4, look for postings for the iPhone 4 on

    Craigslist. This will give you a good idea of h