December 6, 2019

How to Make Money on Craigslist Selling Free Items

By AJ Hakimi (The Flipping Ninja)


We’re all living in a consumer-based society, and because of this, we tend to accumulate plenty of possessions over the years. But what if one day, you’ll realize that you’re no longer interested in some of your possessions? One good idea is to sell what you don’t need.

And another way is to list them on Craigslist.

You may have considered Craigslist before when looking for a job, a house, specific services, items for sale, or even gigs — you name it. The thing is, Craigslist has become one of the most successful platforms to sell these kinds of stuff online.

That is why we curated a few simple tips and tricks to help you earn good money on Craigslist. All these tips can be achieved by anyone, so there wouldn’t be a problem for you in making money during the process.

However, as easy as it may sound, you still have to be careful, because you don’t want to fall prey to online scammers. This is because the growing population of sellers on Craigslist has contributed a lot in luring-in the attention of these pesky scammers.

But, with proper planning and by staying smart and alert with everything that you do on Craigslist, you’ll definitely be fine.

So, without further ado, let’s get right into it.

Learn how to navigate.

One of the best ways to earn a profit on Craigslist is by negotiating. Whether you’re buying or selling, you should always negotiate. Here are the things that you can do to make this possible.

In selling an item, always try to stick to your listed price for a time, probably around a couple of days, before entertaining lower offers. The key here is patience, and it comes along with proper negotiating skills.

With the right time and the right customer, you’ll be able to negotiate with your starting price, or down to a price where you’ll still be able to earn a profit.

In purchasing, never give the seller the full asking price as it’s a bad move in terms of negotiation. For starters, you can offer a lower price first, then negotiate using these tips:

  • Always prepare the right amount of cash before negotiating a purchase. Sellers are human beings, and some of them might even sell the item for you at a lower price, depending on how desperate they are to earn money.
  • Be patient, at all times, and understand that most sellers wouldn’t just give away their items for the price that you want. Wait for the right moment, and negotiate properly, you’ll get there.
  • Always be friendly, why? A lot of sellers will definitely accept low-ball rates if you’re friendly during the initial contact. It’s a good tip, and it’ll help you gain a lot of trusted contacts in the future.

Remember that patience is always a virtue, and it’ll definitely help you in making good profit along the way.

Turn free items on craigslist into profit.

Did you know that you can easily make a profit out of the free items listed on Craigslist? One of the easiest ways to make money on the platform is by gathering free listed items, refurbishing them, and reselling them back to a profitable amount.

In order to make this process a successful one, you’ll have to visit the Free-section on Craigslist first. One misconception that people have about the Free stuff is that they’re useless and cannot be sold back at a profit, which is completely not true.

The process can be tough for some individuals, but it’s always worth the effort as it is like turning garbage into pure money, you get the idea.

One trick is by staying up to date and by keeping a record of the latest listing. You can do this by refreshing the page from time to time, monitoring the free-items that are potentially profitable, as fast as possible, before someone else does.

Flipping on Craigslist

You can always make good money in any type of buy-and-sell platform by doing the flipping-strategy. Flipping is when you buy an item for a lower price, and selling it back to the market for a slightly higher, or a more profitable price range.

This trick works for almost any category of item, but you’ll have to know the value of every item that you want to flip.

You can start by checking out cheap products from a different market or platform, let’s say you try Amazon, then basically you can start purchasing the items from there, flip them, then list them on Craigslist for a 100% profit. It’s like moving from one market to another, but you’re earning throughout the process.

It really pays to shop around and to try and look for more potentially profitable products from different platforms. If you have room to store more inventory, then you should try and look for off-season purchases such as motorcycles, hunting gears, heaters, and air conditioners, or even sporting goods.

These items would often be sold at a discount during the off-season, which is another opportunity that you should definitely take.

Sell your junk stuff.

One of the easiest and fastest ways of selling an item for profit on Craigslist is to sell your junk stuff. By simply selling items that you’re no longer interested to use, you’ll be able to gain profit and save some space at home. Leaving you with the stuff you need while earning money.

Improve your selling approach.

Finally, before making a move in gaining profit on Craigslist, you’ll have to know these few simple steps.

Fix the title for your item/product.

Always make your title worth knowing, by simply curating good ones such as “Brand-new”, “Like New Condition”, and “Antique” or “Vintage.”


Whenever you’re listing an item on Craigslist, don’t forget to put the necessary photos of the item that you are selling. But always make sure that you are taking clear-quality photos from a well-lit room or area, as it will definitely help you in attracting more customers.

Make a brief, solid, and accurate description.

Make sure to write a positive and potent description that’ll promote the product or item that you are selling. Don’t mislead the customers with far-fetched descriptions, and avoid listing out every tiny flaw in the initial description.

Final Verdict

It’s free to sign-up on Craigslist, and it doesn’t cost anything to sell or buy from the platform either. Overall, you can make good profit from the platform by staying smart and careful at all times, and by following these simple steps that we curated for you. So, have fun in finding the items that you need and enjoy a profitable journey during the process.


AJ Hakimi (The Flipping Ninja)

Hey there, I'm AJ, also known as 'The Flipping Ninja'. My flipping journey has been transformative, allowing me to buy sleek cars, indulge in exotic vacations, and even purchase my first house at 24, which I turned into a passive income source. With over 3,000+ items flipped and sales surpassing $300k, it's not just about the numbers. It's about the freedom and empowerment flipping brings.

After years of experience, my mission is to share this life-changing skill. I believe flipping is a powerful side hustle for anyone, from college students to working professionals. Ready to transform your life with flipping? Let's embark on this journey together.

Interested in my full journey? Read More about how I became 'The Flipping Ninja'.

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