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OT Craigslist vs. Ebay

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jd b puller

12-02-2010 15:27:44
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Ok, so I'm asking myself at least 2 questions...

I've got a bunch of tractor parts to get rid of and obviously YT classifieds is one place, but...

1. Why would anyone use E-bay when Craigslist is free (esp given E-bay's rediculous fees)

2. If you're that interested in bidding, why hasn't SOMEONE come out with a low cost version of E-bay to put them back in their place

Looking for the good and bad of each. Thanks.

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rustyfarmall

12-03-2010 11:32:11
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 Re: OT Craigslist vs. Ebay in reply to LAA, 12-02-2010 15:27:44  
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If you know what those parts are worth, set up a free store on Ecrater. It is totally free and IS giving ebay a run for the money.

http://www.ecrater.com/



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Cockshutt Mike

12-03-2010 11:13:20
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 Re: OT Craigslist vs. Ebay in reply to jd b puller, 12-02-2010 15:27:44  
Most of the time I use all three at the same time, YT CL Ebay. I make it known in the Ebay ad that I have item advertised local and reserve the right to end auction. If you end auction before so many hours till auction end (think it's 12 hours) the only charge you have is the ad fee. It does cost to sell on Ebay but 9 out of 10 times it sells on Ebay. The only response I get from the CL is tire kickers and scams. YT response is low and most of the time tire kickers.

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dbernie

12-02-2010 22:56:28
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 Re: OT Craigslist vs. Ebay in reply to jd b puller, 12-02-2010 15:27:44  
If ya got a price in mind,
put it on Craigslist.

If it doesn't sell,

then put it on Ebay for a wider market

with a startin bid where you'd be happy,
or a reserve where you'd be happy.

Remember you'll have time rapped up in packaging/shipping.

Just my thoughts.

I got so tired of dealin with sellin all my Jeep parts,

I just gave 'em away to a local 4x4 club.

3 truck and trailer loads.

But that's another story...

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Ryan - WI

12-02-2010 19:09:13
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 Re: OT Craigslist vs. Ebay in reply to dave2, 12-02-2010 15:27:44  
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I use both. Craigslist is more like a thrifty shopper classifieds. People are looking for something local and usually for pretty cheap. Ebay is more of an online store and the prices people pay are usually higher because of that. If I have a product that I think will have widespread appeal, like a walk behind snowblower, riding mower etc I usually use craigslist. If I have something that has more of a specialty market I use eBay.
Some examples...

I had a snowblower for the front of a Case garden tractor on craigslist for $225. I got one nibble from a guy who said if I sold it to him for $100 he would come pick it up right away. I put it on eBay at a fixed price of $250 and sold it to a guy who is driving from the middle of Michigan to pick it up.

I had a John Deere 208 garden tractor that is pretty rare as they were only made for 2 years. I posted it on lawn and garden forums that I frequent for $200. Not so much as a nibble. I put it on eBay and had 9 people watching it and sold it for $237.

Craigslist in my opinion is great for selling stuff like washers and dryers or household furniture. However if you truly want to get money out of stuff eBay is often a better option, fees included. You also have to consider that everyone knows what eBay is and the structured environment it provides. Not near as many people are familiar with craigslist.

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Aaron SEIA

12-02-2010 16:51:59
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 Re: OT Craigslist vs. Ebay in reply to jd b puller, 12-02-2010 15:27:44  
I use www.searchtempest.com to search Craigslist. Lets me select how far away I want to search. A perception that I have with Craigslist is people selling don't want to ship, it feels more like a local pickup only thing. eBay gives a much wider audience that is expecting (requiring?) the item to be shipped. I've sold stuff on both and have had good luck with both. I've had better luck selling smaller (shipable) parts on eBay and the bigger equipment on Craigslist.

AaronSEIA

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jd b puller

12-02-2010 16:32:39
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 Re: Ebay is part-owner of CraigsList in reply to Brad Gyde, 12-02-2010 15:27:44  
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I was unaware E-bay had its greedy fingers in Craigslist.

Like Roger said, I use www.searchtempest.com then technically, Craigslist isn't just a local thing. Lets you search a distance away from a zip code.



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BDT in Minnesota

12-02-2010 20:05:37
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 Re: Ebay is part-owner of CraigsList in reply to jd b puller, 12-02-2010 16:32:39  
Craig's list is a "LOCAL thing" as far as the placement of your ad in your area's site... But , yes, you can search the whole world of Craig's List sites. A couple weeks ago, I was looking at the sites in Norway.. very entertaining search...



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jdemaris

12-02-2010 16:05:03
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 Re: Ebay is part-owner of CraigsList in reply to jd b puller, 12-02-2010 15:27:44  
Ebay is a part-owner of CraigsList.

Ebay allows easy global searching and makes money from all sellers. If you try to sell, you get much more exposure to potential buyers. It also protects buyers and sellers to a degree from scams, BS, etc.

CraigsList only has specific regional searching and only makes money from certain types of clients. It's free to most people and full of spammers and scammers.

Since Ebay is part owner of CraigsList, who knows what will happen in the future.

Why not try picking a few regions and list for free on CraigsList, and if you get fed up with the scammers, list later on Ebay.

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knoxcityfarmboy

12-02-2010 15:37:33
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 Re: OT Craigslist vs. Ebay in reply to jd b puller, 12-02-2010 15:27:44  
I like Craigslist lots more than EBay. I have bought several pieces of equipment on Craigslist. Personally I would advertis them on CL.



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Ray

12-02-2010 15:35:19
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 Re: OT Craigslist vs. Ebay in reply to jd b puller, 12-02-2010 15:27:44  
craigslist is local,not many buyers,ebay covers the world.



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DiyDave

12-02-2010 16:40:19
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 Re: OT Craigslist vs. Ebay in reply to Ray, 12-02-2010 15:35:19  
Then how come I keep gettin these checks from nigeria?



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Old Roy

12-02-2010 17:24:58
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 Re: OT Craigslist vs. Ebay in reply to DiyDave, 12-02-2010 16:40:19  
Because you opened an email response back to your add that was badly misspelled and somewhat broken English may referring to a couple items you had listed.

I Had a Motorcycle for sale , I also answered an add for Plainer knives

I opened an email that cane back as "Planier knives"
Had to get my guru to fix my computer. Also mentioned he would sell my motorcycle in 10 days.



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edr

12-02-2010 15:50:41
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 Re: OT Craigslist vs. Ebay in reply to Ray, 12-02-2010 15:35:19  
Their has to be a way to expand the search

Any ideas?

I have used google and it works some what but you also get a lot of junk



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Roger - Kansas

12-02-2010 16:07:21
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 Re: OT Craigslist vs. Ebay in reply to edr, 12-02-2010 15:50:41  
I use Tempest to search CL. You have to use it in each listing but it will search as many miles from you zip code as you want.



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Rustyj14

12-03-2010 11:56:39
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 Re: OT Craigslist vs. Ebay in reply to Roger - Kansas, 12-02-2010 16:07:21  
I had a lawn tractor on Craig's List last weekend. First caller came and bought it. Then i got a message from Nigeria! Oohh, that guy offered much more than i was asking for it. In addition, he'd send his helper over to help crate it, and ship it to Lower Slobbovia! He said i could keep the rest of the money for expenses! Said there'd be a Cashiers Check in the morning mail! Yes, the moon is really made of green cheese! And, i wasn't born in the dark, or last night! Suckers bait!

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