craigslist http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/1115/all en-US 10 Easiest Items to "Flip" for Cash http://www.wisebread.com/10-easiest-items-to-flip-for-cash <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-easiest-items-to-flip-for-cash" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_10756392_MEDIUM.jpg" alt="these items are best to flip for extra cash" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>As a devoted thrift store shopper, auction-goer, and yard sale junkie, I always joke that my hobby is also my part-time job. Since roughly 95% of everything I buy is intended for resale, I'm constantly looking for items I can flip without a huge time investment. If you know what to look for, there's money to be made around every corner &mdash; maybe even in the stacks of stuff collecting dust in your basement or garage. Here are 10 of the easiest items you can flip for fast cash.</p> <h2>1. Solid Wood Furniture</h2> <p>One of the five <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-deals-in-every-thrift-store">best deals in every thrift store</a>, quality furniture is an easy flip. Usually, a light sanding and application of a one-step stain/sealer is all you need to bring a worn piece back to life.</p> <p>Stick to small, versatile pieces that will appeal to apartment-dwellers and look for forms that can be creatively upcycled (an old roll-top desk becomes a bar or an antique steamer trunk gets a second life as a coffee table). Reduce prep time by avoiding items with heavy ornamentation. Also, when buying dining room or office chairs, steer clear of oddly-shaped seats &mdash; they're twice as hard to reupholster.</p> <h2>2. Brand-Name Clothing</h2> <p>With the retail price of clothing hovering near the stratosphere, gently-used, seasonally-appropriate brand-name clothing is an easy sell. Look for well-made items with no missing buttons, damaged zippers, extreme alterations, stains, or weird smells. Just last week, I bought a pair of nearly-new Sperry Top Sider leather shoes for $3.99 and flipped them online for $32. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-qualities-to-look-for-in-well-made-clothing?ref=seealso">9 Qualities to Look for in Well-Made Clothing</a>).</p> <h2>3. Vintage Clothing</h2> <p>Its own unique category, vintage clothing can include a quirky shirt made 10 years ago or a classic hat made 80 years ago. Get a feel for what's in-demand by researching completed sales on eBay. Remember, as with all other clothing, condition is everything. Several weeks ago, I paid $2.99 for a '90s-era Levi's denim cap in mint condition. Three hours after I listed it online, it sold for a cool $105.</p> <h2>4. Retro Barware Sets</h2> <p>Cocktail shakers, tumblers, swizzle sticks, ice buckets, and related items appeal to the hip and well-heeled everywhere. Matching sets are the most coveted, but mismatched or <em>harlequin</em> sets sell well, too. Just make sure each piece is from the same general era. Recently, a 1960s set of six lowball glasses with matching decanter sold on eBay for $69.99.</p> <h2>5. Power Tools</h2> <p>When people are moving or otherwise motivated to declutter, buyers can often score power tools at bargain-basement prices. Test each item before you buy, give it a light cleaning, grease what needs greasing, and flip it for quick cash. A few summers ago, I bought a portable, gas-powered generator for $40 at a yard sale. I sold it the very next day for $125.</p> <h2>6. Old Canning Jars</h2> <p>Vintage canning jars manufactured by Mason, Ball, and Atlas have transcended their utilitarian origins to become decorative items. Unusually large jars and the green or blue glass variety sell for a premium &mdash; especially if they retain their original zinc or glass lids. If you have any of these packed away in the basement, clean with a mixture of white vinegar and water and sell them for $8-$15 each. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-easy-mason-jar-gifts-you-can-make?ref=seealso">9 Easy Mason Jar Gifts You Can Make</a>).</p> <h2>7. Mid-Century Anything</h2> <p>Anything from the '50s and '60s is red hot right now. Look for authentic pieces that are in relatively good shape. Dinnerware, flatware, coffee tables, chairs, and lamps are all home runs in the resale market. Last month, I snagged an iconic &quot;starburst&quot; wall clock at poorly-attended auction for $1. After giving it a 10-minute cleaning, I sold it on eBay for $70.</p> <h2>8. Basic Lawn Tools</h2> <p>Old metal rakes, spades, hoes, and other basic lawn care tools are well-made and easy to rehabilitate. Clean them well, use a grinder with a brush attachment to remove rust quickly, and then flip 'em for $10-$20 apiece. The best part? Anyone with a yard is a potential buyer!</p> <h2>9. Bicycles</h2> <p>A good friend of mine in Austin, Texas has created a cottage industry buying, cleaning, repairing, and reselling bicycles to feed that city's thriving biking culture. Every weekend you can find him scouring local thrift stores, yard sales, and Craigslist ads for retro models from the '70s and '80s. Though some bikes do need significant repair (which requires a basic level of mechanical skill), most just need a little cosmetic TLC.</p> <h2>10. Vintage Lawn Furniture</h2> <p>They don't make lawn furniture they way they used to. Vintage aluminum, iron, and steel pieces are in demand for their durability and classic styling. Though complete sets are ideal, don't reject singles. Condo dwellers may only have room for one or two chairs, and other buyers prefer to mix and match. In July, a pair of untouched (read: slightly rusty) metal &quot;clam shell&quot; patio chairs sold on eBay for $85.</p> <p><em>What treasures have you found and flipped for minimal effort and maximum cash? Share your story!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kentin-waits">Kentin Waits</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-easiest-items-to-flip-for-cash">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/turn-old-clothes-into-money-with-these-4-tools-and-apps">Turn Old Clothes Into Money With These 4 Tools and Apps</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-smart-ways-to-make-it-rain-today">6 Smart Ways to Make It Rain Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-get-rid-of-stuff-frugally">10 Ways to Get Rid of Stuff Frugally</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-unusual-ways-to-sell-your-stuff">11 Unusual Ways to Sell Your Stuff</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-sell-your-crap-a-book-review-and-tips">How to Sell Your Crap: A Book Review and Tips</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income Organization cash craigslist declutter extra cash flip for cash furniture sell your stuff selling clothes Thu, 04 Aug 2016 09:30:29 +0000 Kentin Waits 1765511 at http://www.wisebread.com 9 Ways to Make an Extra $1,000 This Summer http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-make-an-extra-1000-this-summer <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-ways-to-make-an-extra-1000-this-summer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/kids_surfboard_beach_17775322.jpg" alt="Kids finding ways to earn an extra $1000 this summer" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Want to boost your bottom line this summer? Pick up one of these gigs to put $1,000 or more in your pocket before the season is over.</p> <p>See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-dumb-ways-youre-going-to-waste-money-this-summer?ref=seealso" target="_blank">9 Dumb Ways You're Going to Waste Money This Summer</a></p> <h2>1. Take Tests Online</h2> <p>If you fancy chilling inside in the A/C instead of baking under the beautiful sun, consider&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usertesting.com">taking online tests</a> to help build up your bank account. As a tester, you're paid $10 for each 20-minute test you complete. A test involves browsing and providing feedback on a website that is selected for you. Your feedback on the websites design and usability is recorded and at the end of the test you are asked to answer four simple questions. Earning $10 per test, you could easily work early mornings or late evenings for two to three hours (three to six tests) per day. At that rate, you would reach $1,000 in less than 20 days. Hold steady and you're looking at easily making $2,000 to $3,000 this summer.</p> <h2>2. Become an Event Staffer in Your Area</h2> <p>When I was in college, I worked at the local minor league baseball stadium during home games, and with my working wage plus tips, I pulled in a couple thousand dollars over the course of the regular season. If sports aren't your thing (although that aspect shouldn't matter since <em>money</em> is your real thing), poke around for other event-staffing gigs, like working concessions at concerts, cleanup crews for stadium and field events, and security if you look like you could hurt somebody.</p> <h2>3. Register for a Camp Counselor Position</h2> <p>I was a camp counselor during the summer for nearly a decade &mdash; before the very sight of children gave me debilitating migraines &mdash; and I always pulled in good cash, plus free food and lodging. At the very low end of it, I made about $300 per week at a five-day sleepaway camp (of which there were three per summer) up to about $3,000 for an eight-week session. It's not hard work (it can actually be a lot of fun!), and you'll make lifelong friends and memories &mdash; once those little buggers go to sleep, of course.</p> <h2>4. Share Your Knowledge as an Online Tutor</h2> <p>Think you're a smarty pants? Trade your wisdom for cold, hard cash as a tutor.</p> <p>&quot;While you may need a teaching certificate for elementary, high school, and college subjects, many sites that help international students learn English as a second language do not require a degree or certificate,&quot; says Angie Nelson of TheWorkAtHomeWife.com.</p> <p>The number of hours you work will be according to your schedule and how much demand there is, but you can expect to earn at least $10 an hour at most places, if not more.</p> <h2>5. Turn Your Car Into a Taxi or Delivery Service</h2> <p>Lyft and Uber are so passe.</p> <p>If you want to participate in the turn-your-personal-vehicle-into-a-cash-cow economy &mdash; but don't want to drive drunk people around all day &mdash; look into becoming a freelance delivery person.</p> <p>&quot;The gig economy is the hot trend this summer, but not everyone likes the idea of being someone else's personal chauffeur through Lyft or Uber,&quot; says business expert Mike Catania. &quot;Good news &mdash; there are other gig-based jobs out there: Postmates pays their errand-based drivers $12/hour plus tips, and residents around San Francisco, New York, Chicago, or L.A. can be a courier for Shyp, where you can expect to make around $16/hr.&quot;</p> <p>Just log 70 to 90 hours of road time with these services to reach your $1,000 goal.</p> <h2>6. Pick Up Odd Jobs on Craigslist</h2> <p>Don't forget about good ol' Craigslist to make some quick bucks. When I was in college, I used to help elderly folks in their gardens, among other odd jobs here and there. Even today, Craigslist is still an excellent resource for picking up side work. If you dedicated an entire summer to picking up gigs, there's no doubt that you'll reach your $1,000 goal.</p> <h2>7. Rent Out Extra Space in Your Home</h2> <p>I feel like I talk about this nonstop, but if you really want to juice up your summer earnings, rent out the extra space you have in your home. Could be a spare bedroom, or just your couch &mdash; if you live in an area to which people travel, somebody will rent the space if your accommodations are nice enough. I've been doing this for about eight years now, and I've made hundreds of thousands of dollars. Surely you can pull off $1,000 in a summer. At $50 a night &mdash; which is incredibly reasonable for a small bedroom &mdash; you'll only need to book 20 nights, and it's easy work with the help of sites like Airbnb, HomeAway, and Roomorama.</p> <h2>8. Watch Other People's Pets</h2> <p>I started watching other people's pets last spring using sites like DogVacay and Rover, and it's a fun and easy way to make $1,000 this summer if you keep your prices below the nearest competition but still competitive.</p> <p>If you want to add a little philanthropy to your efforts, check out the pet-sitting website called&nbsp;<a href="http://sittingforacause.com/">Sitting for a Cause</a>. The site connects pet owners with pet care professionals, then facilitates bookings and payments through the site. It charges a 10% commission fee, which is 5% to 10% lower than DogVacay and Rover, and donates 50% of its profits to animal related causes. Depending on the services you choose to offer, you can earn anywhere from $20 to $100 per client per day.</p> <h2>9. Rent Out Your Clothing</h2> <p>Have the kind of style that other people would pay for, ladies? Rent out your clothes.</p> <p><a href="http://www.garment-exchange.com/">Garment Exchange</a> is the first community driven peer-to peer marketplace that allows women nationwide to rent their clothing for money. The site facilitates wardrobe sharing by providing all of the packaging and insurance, and handles the communication. It provides clothing owners 80% commission of the rental. Most women rent their items for 20% of the current retail rate.</p> <p>On average, women have over 250 articles of clothing in their closet, which could mean serious income potential on items you wear less frequently.</p> <p><em>Do you have other bright ideas on how to make $1,000 this summer? Let me know in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-make-an-extra-1000-this-summer">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-smart-summer-side-jobs-for-new-grads">6 Smart Summer Side Jobs for New Grads</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-great-side-jobs-for-introverts">10 Great Side Jobs for Introverts</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-400-a-week-as-a-pet-sitter">How to Make $400+ a Week as a Pet Sitter</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-great-retirement-jobs">6 Great Retirement Jobs</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-easiest-items-to-flip-for-cash">10 Easiest Items to &quot;Flip&quot; for Cash</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income craigslist extra money gig economy pet sitting renting side jobs summer summer jobs Tutoring Wed, 22 Jun 2016 10:30:04 +0000 Mikey Rox 1731287 at http://www.wisebread.com Make Money and Declutter by Selling These 5 Unlikely Treasures http://www.wisebread.com/make-money-and-declutter-by-selling-these-5-unlikely-treasures <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/make-money-and-declutter-by-selling-these-5-unlikely-treasures" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/three_coffee_mugs_75581393.jpg" alt="Making money and decluttering by selling unlikely treasures" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You may want to take one last peek through those boxes sitting in the garage before donating the contents to your local Goodwill. Turns out there are some surprising items in your home that others are willing to take off your hands for significant cash. Your junk being another person's treasure has never been truer. Here are the items worth knowing about.</p> <h2>1. Coffee Mugs</h2> <p>A couple years ago, I accidentally stumbled upon the underground world of coffee mug collectors. I was doing my annual eBay roundup of all the items in my home that I didn't use, and on a whim, I threw in two coffee mugs that I had no need for. I snapped some pictures, wrote a brief description, put up the eBay listings, and lo and behold, a bidding war erupted on the last day of both auctions. I ended up selling a House of Blues mug for $23 and a Starbucks mug for close to $28.</p> <p>I was so blown away with the success of my coffee mug auctions that I decided to do some research. I discovered that there are many eBay sellers who fervently search local thrift stores for coffee mugs that they can turn a quick profit on. Coffee mugs that sell really well include anything Disney, vintage restaurant mugs, Starbucks, vintage Pyrex, and mugs with famous people, places, and TV shows on them. Always search eBay &quot;completed listings&quot; to determine the value of coffee mugs. The <a href="http://anywhere.ebay.com/">eBay app</a> allows you to do this while you're in the thrift store to determine if you may have just found a hidden gem.</p> <h2>2. Name Brand Clothing</h2> <p>If you have a closet full of clothing you don't wear anymore, considering selling it rather than donating it. If it's a brand-name label, you have a much better chance of cashing in as buyers are more familiar with sizing and styles. Brands that sell well include American Eagle, Gap, Banana Republic, Land's End, Calvin Klein, Express, and Abercrombie &amp; Fitch. Consider sites like&nbsp;<a href="https://poshmark.com/">Poshmark</a>, which allow you to create a listing within 60 seconds and quickly have your unwanted clothing in front of a million prospective shoppers. Many Poshmark users have actually created a full-time income for themselves by selling thrift store finds.</p> <p>Perhaps the best way to sell clothing online is to utilize the power of eBay. Not only can you take advantage of their huge reach, but they make the transaction easy via their interface. Be sure to take good pictures of the item and write an honest description. I like to package the item and weigh it before creating the listing so I can charge accurate shipping fees.</p> <p>Also, because eBay users are searching for the exact item and size you're selling, be careful when creating auction lots with multiple clothing items. For example, if you're selling men's jeans and you have two pair size 34x34, and one pair in size 33x34, you'll have a tough time selling all three together in a lot, even if they all basically fit the same. You'll have much better success selling the 34x34 pairs together and the 33x34 separately.</p> <p>Also, don't forget about more traditional ways of selling clothing via a yard sale or at a community or church sale. While you might not get top dollar like you can online, you'll be able to unload a lot of inventory quickly.</p> <h2>3. Baby Gear and Clothing</h2> <p>Don't put your unused stroller, crib, or playpen in the attic. The same can be said for gently used baby clothing and gear. Because baby items are typically outgrown before they wear out, they make for terrific items to sell both online and at local baby shops. Brands that typically sell well include Baby Bjorn, Gymboree, Baby Gap, Hanna Andersson, Graco, Peg Perego, and Children's Place. For best results, sell clothing online via eBay and bundle items together to make complete outfits. They tend to sell really well this way, especially when you take good pictures and write a detailed description.</p> <p>When selling bulkier baby gear, you have two solid options. You can sell it on <a href="http://craigslist.org">Craigslist</a> if you're comfortable with the process, or you can opt for local retail shops like <a href="http://www.childrensorchard.com/">Children's Orchard</a>, <a href="http://www.onceuponachild.com/locations#us">Once Upon a Child</a>, or <a href="http://kidtokid.com/stores/">Kid to Kid</a>. Name brands in good to excellent condition have a premium and you can typically get a great deal if you're willing to accept store credit as payment. You can then use the proceeds to buy the sizes that your kids are currently wearing.</p> <h2>4. Past Amazon Purchases</h2> <p>Are you aware of a service from Amazon called <a href="http://amzn.to/1TYF2Ar">Amazon Trade-In</a>, which buys back your past purchases that you have no need for anymore? Once you're signed-in, Amazon will go back through your order history and tell you what they'll buy back, and for how much. I recently tested out the service and was happily surprised when I discovered they would buy back a rarely played Xbox game that we gave our son for Christmas. We bought it for $25 over six months ago, and they'll buy it back for $14. This buyback amount was 25% better that what our local GameStop would pay for it. The best part is Amazon uses prepaid shipping labels which allow you to ship the item back free of charge.</p> <p>Also, it's worth noting that items don't have to be purchased from Amazon to be eligible for a buyback. From the Amazon Trade-In homepage, click on &quot;Find More Items&quot; and simply enter the item you want to sell, and they'll give you a price quote. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-make-amazon-pay-you?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 Ways to Make Amazon Pay YOU!</a>)</p> <h2>5. Old Smartphones</h2> <p>Depending on the age, condition, and demand for your old smartphone, you can make a pretty penny by selling it online. Rather than throwing your old smartphone in the desk drawer, sites like <a href="https://swappa.com/">Swappa</a> and <a href="https://www.gazelle.com/">Gazelle</a> are great options to consider. Both will happily take your phone, pay the shipping, and give you cold hard cash for your device. You can quickly get a free quote from them by answering a few questions about your smartphone. Do you have an old iPhone 5 (16GB) collecting dust? Swappa will buy it for $112. While devices can show normal signs of wear and tear, they must be fully functional and ready to activate to get top dollar. They'll take broken devices too, just don't expect a big payday.</p> <p>If you're the type of smartphone user who always needs the newest and greatest, consider selling your old smartphone to one of these sites before the new model is released. By doing so, you'll get top dollar as prices for last season's model plummet once the new model is released. Once you get word of the impending new model, start strategizing your sale and have a cheap smartphone at the ready as a backup during the transition period.</p> <p><em>What stuff laying around your home have you been able to sell for some extra money?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kyle-james">Kyle James</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-money-and-declutter-by-selling-these-5-unlikely-treasures">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-7-best-objects-to-pawn">The 7 Best Objects to Pawn</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-rid-of-all-your-crap">How to Get Rid of All Your Crap</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/hoopde-for-sale-starting-price-500-winning-bid-226521">Hoopde for sale. Starting price - $500. Winning bid - $226,521.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-sell-your-crap-a-book-review-and-tips">How to Sell Your Crap: A Book Review and Tips</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-awesome-art-of-getting-great-deals-online">The Awesome Art of Getting Great Deals Online</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Amazon baby gear cleaning clothes collectibles craigslist donating eBay goodwill selling Wed, 22 Jun 2016 10:00:10 +0000 Kyle James 1733678 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 "Free" Things That Aren't http://www.wisebread.com/8-free-things-that-arent <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-free-things-that-arent" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple_free_breakfast_000018935533.jpg" alt="Couple learning which free things aren&#039;t really free" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Free has to be one of the most abused words in the English language. It's become so bad that we are always skeptical, and look for asterisks or legal copy to see what the catch is. But, even when there doesn't appear to be one, free is not always what it's cracked up to be.</p> <p>Here are eight instances when something free may end up costing you in the long run. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-ways-to-entertain-your-kids-for-free?ref=seealso">20 Ways to Entertain Your Kids for Free</a>)</p> <h2>1. Free Shipping</h2> <p>As an occasional eBay seller, I know the power of free shipping. In fact, one of the most popular ways to sort products on eBay is to click the box that says &quot;free shipping.&quot;</p> <p>When researching this, I discovered that it was better to charge $19.95 for a product and offer free shipping than it was to charge $14.95 and $3.95 shipping. As you can see, the latter is actually the better deal &mdash; but people don't see it that way. So the next time you are looking at deals online, do some comparison shopping &mdash; especially on eBay. You will find that on many occasions, identical products work out cheaper when you actually opt to pay separate shipping.</p> <h2>2. Free Checking</h2> <p>Many banks will lure you in with free checking, but don't sign on the dotted line until you really understand what's being offered. For instance, my &quot;free&quot; business checking account comes with a $15 monthly service charge if I don't pay at least three bills each month using the bill-pay service. That one was news to me.</p> <p>You can also find a whole host of fees that you will have to pay to handle your money, ranging from wire transfer fees and checkbook costs to ATM fees, minimum balance fees, and others. Oh, and the second you go into the red, expect to be hit with a whopping fee (usually around $35), even if it was only by a few bucks for a few hours.</p> <h2>3. Free Big Prizes</h2> <p>We're not talking about winning a couple of tickets to a show or an mp3 player. If you are lucky enough to win something <em>big</em>, like a home, fancy vacation, or a car, be prepared for the cost implications that will follow. The big problem being taxes.</p> <p>For instance, many people on the show Extreme Home Makeover were thrilled to see their old home become an extravagant mansion. But once the cameras had gone, they were left with massive property taxes, big energy bills, and steep insurance hikes. Their financial circumstances didn't change to cover those costs, and they either had to sell, take out a home equity loan, or in some cases, declare bankruptcy. If you win a big car, or dream vacation, you will have to declare this to the IRS. So, be careful before saying yes to anything like this. It may be a dream come true, but can you afford it?</p> <h2>4. Free Pets</h2> <p>You see them advertised on Craigslist, local ads, and even in the break room at work. Someone's pet has a litter, and they want the kittens or puppies gone quickly. Hey, a free puppy, that's great! Well... yes and no.</p> <p>Your new addition will need a lifetime of food, care, and veterinary visits. Right off the bat, you'll have to pay to have your &quot;free&quot; pet vaccinated and spayed or neutered. If you choose a puppy that will grow into a large breed, you can expect to pay hundreds each month for food. And if your pet gets sick, the vet bills can be insanely expensive. If you want to avoid that, pet insurance is another hefty monthly cost. The big question is, do you have the financial stability to accept a free pet?</p> <h2>5. Free Hotel Breakfasts</h2> <p>&quot;Hey look, it says here we get a complimentary breakfast every morning!&quot; Actually, you've already paid for it. No hotel would stay in business by giving away tens of thousands of dollars in food and beverages every single day.</p> <p>The simple fact is, the cost of that breakfast is incorporated into the price of your hotel room. For example, instead of charging you $135 per night, the hotel charges $150 per night and includes &quot;free&quot; breakfast. Of course, if you're smart and book the hotel with a price comparison website like Hotels.com, you may get the room for way less than the advertised price. In that case, the other guests are paying for your free breakfast.</p> <h2>6. Free Meals/Tickets for Listening to a Pitch</h2> <p>You know the saying, &quot;There's no such thing as a free lunch?&quot; Well, sometimes it's spot on. In this instance, you're asked to listen to a sales pitch in exchange for a free meal, tickets to a show, or even a free vacation. Sounds like a good deal, but it isn't.</p> <p>It turns out you have to spend at least 45 minutes of your time listening to a pitch about timeshares, or investment opportunities, or new baby products (yes, this happened to me once). And once the presentation is over, you will be given the hard sell &mdash; the <em>super</em> hard sell. These people don't like to give away free meals or show tickets without converting enough people into customers to make it worth their while. So ask yourself, is your time free? Because you are paying for your &quot;free&quot; gifts with it.</p> <h2>7. Free Extra Gadget &mdash; Just Pay Shipping and Handling</h2> <p>You can already see the conflict in that statement. Many times on TV you will see those very sales-y infomercial products. After being blasted for 90 seconds about all the amazing things it can do, you are suddenly surprised with the fact that the order will be doubled if you call now. And, very quickly, a voice says, &quot;Just pay shipping and handling.&quot;</p> <p>Well, guess what. You're actually paying for that extra gadget. In fact, the whole pricing model is based on the cost of selling two items to you, not just one. The additional shipping and handling fee is a nice little bonus on top, as the cost of shipping was already calculated in the original cost of the product. It's all smoke and mirrors, but it's a very effective way to get people to buy. And, if you want to test the theory, call and ask to buy just one of the product at half the cost. You won't get very far.</p> <h2>8. Free Stuff on Craigslist</h2> <p>Many people I know like to browse through the &quot;free&quot; section on Craigslist in the hope of snagging a real bargain. Most of the time, what's being offered are items that are either too difficult or too costly for the owners to dispose of themselves.</p> <p>From time to time, you will find something decent on there. But before you say yes, remember it's not actually free. You have to go and pick up the item, which means you're spending money on fuel, putting miles on your car, and of course, using your own time (which is valuable). You may also need to repair the item in question. A good example I saw recently was a movie projector. Offered free, because it needed a new bulb that cost almost $100. So, do your research, ask questions, and see if the free item is actually worth your time and money.</p> <p><em>What free things have you picked up only to regret the actual cost later?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-free-things-that-arent">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-little-known-amazon-shopping-hacks">5 Little Known Amazon Shopping Hacks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-you-can-buy-with-5000">What You Can Buy With $5,000</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-surprising-things-you-can-have-delivered">12 Surprising Things You Can Have Delivered</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-everyday-things-you-shouldnt-be-paying-for">16 Everyday Things You Shouldn&#039;t Be Paying For</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/wise-bread-gift-guide-gifts-that-save-money">25 Gifts That Save Money</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Lifestyle Shopping checking accounts craigslist freebies no such thing as a free lunch pets shipping Tue, 26 Jan 2016 18:00:03 +0000 Paul Michael 1642635 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Things to Buy or Sell on Craigslist http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-things-to-buy-or-sell-on-craigslist <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-things-to-buy-or-sell-on-craigslist" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/new_car_keys_000027861250.jpg" alt="Person learning best things to buy or sell on craigslist" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Oh, the choppy public waters one must <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-vile-craigslist-scams-to-watch-out-for">navigate on Craigslist</a>. For every successful transaction, about a dozen fall through. How do you know what will work? These are the five things you should always buy or sell on Craigslist.</p> <h2>1. Home Appliances</h2> <p>Refrigerators, dishwashers, A/C units, and laundry washers and dryers are the kind of machines perfect for buying and selling on Craigslist. They're really expensive when bought new, but remain useful for years and years, so they retain a good hunk of their original value. Why buy a brand new washer/dryer combo for $1000, when you can get a slightly older one for $400? Remember to check for warranties, if possible, which could increase an appliance's used value.</p> <h2>2. Electronics</h2> <p>At some point, nearly everyone has to buy or sell a computer, phone, stereo, TV, or printer. Nearly all electronics do well on Craigslist for that reason, and because they hold their resale value well. The best and fastest sellers are whatever is most in demand at the time: Apple products such as the iPad, iPhone, and Watch will yield dozens of offers in a day. When buying, remember to check the median eBay price for the item before making an offer, so that you are not paying extra for a used product.</p> <h2>3. Cars</h2> <p>Another inelastic need most people will buy at least once in their lifetime, cars do very well on Craigslist. If you're <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-of-personal-finance-how-to-sell-your-car-on-craigslist">selling your car</a>, you need good photos, the full car history, and a fair price based on the Kelly Blue Book value. If you're buying, the most important thing to watch out for are sellers who try to pass off a salvage title or a ticking time bomb of a car that has not been repaired. Be sure to fully test drive the car, and ask to bring it to a diagnostic mechanic before buying. If the seller won't allow that, consider it a big red flag.</p> <h2>4. High-End Furniture</h2> <p>Solid, well-maintained furniture also holds its value very well. The holy grail of big-ticket lifestyle items, stylish mid-century modern furniture is still extremely popular and in demand &mdash; even a basic but finely made oak dresser or table will <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-25-best-things-to-buy-on-craigslist">do great on Craigslist</a>. Some great items that are easy to sell and easy to shop for are bed frames, dressers, dining sets, new couches, and lamps. Riskier pieces would be mattresses, older couches, and rugs &mdash; you never know how clean those will actually be, so new is always better than used for those items.</p> <h2>5. Power Tools</h2> <p>When the inevitable time comes to fix the furniture, cars, and appliances you bought on Craigslist, you can go right back to Craigslist for a toolkit, a drill, a sander &mdash; you name it. The secondary market for power tools is healthy and reasonably fair for both sellers and buyers. As a seller, keep your eye out for how much the new versions sell for on Home Depot, Amazon, and Walmart to be sure you're within the right pricing zone. As a buyer, remember you can always make an offer a little lower than asking price &mdash; it never hurts to negotiate.</p> <p><em>What items do you frequently sell or buy on Craigslist?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amanda-meadows">Amanda Meadows</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-things-to-buy-or-sell-on-craigslist">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-easiest-items-to-flip-for-cash">10 Easiest Items to &quot;Flip&quot; for Cash</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-money-and-declutter-by-selling-these-5-unlikely-treasures">Make Money and Declutter by Selling These 5 Unlikely Treasures</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-safe-is-craigslist">How Safe Is Craigslist?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/furnished-for-free">Furnished For Free</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/hoopde-for-sale-starting-price-500-winning-bid-226521">Hoopde for sale. Starting price - $500. Winning bid - $226,521.</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living craigslist craigslist sellers furniture home appliances Tue, 21 Jul 2015 11:00:10 +0000 Amanda Meadows 1493690 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Ways to Apartment Hunt on Craigslist Without Getting Scammed http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-apartment-hunt-on-craigslist-without-getting-scammed <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-ways-to-apartment-hunt-on-craigslist-without-getting-scammed" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/for_rent_sign_000018543162.jpg" alt="Man learning how to apartment hunt on craigslist without getting scammed" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Using Craigslist to find an apartment is not a novel idea. As a matter of fact, it's by far the most popular way for prospective renters to find a new place. But it doesn't come without its drawbacks, the biggest being fraud and scams designed to separate you from your hard-earned money. Here are a few of the biggest scams currently going and some tips on how to protect yourself from them.</p> <h2>1. Always Verify the Owner</h2> <p>One of the most popular <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-vile-craigslist-scams-to-watch-out-for">Craigslist scams</a> these days involves a crook gaining access to the apartment or home, and showing it to you under the guise of being the real landlord or owner. To sweeten the pot, and get you to bite, they might even offer a deal on the deposit, or pick up some of the fees. As you can imagine, this has the potential of ending badly with you losing significant money. They'll end up taking your first month's rent and security deposit and you'll never see them &mdash; or your money &mdash; again.</p> <p>When looking at Craigslist listings, always make sure you verify the owner of the apartment or home. Most counties and cities have websites in place that allow you to look up public records to determine the real owner of the property. If this is not a possibility, drive by the property and look for signs showing that it's actually for rent. Be sure to call the phone number listed at the physical address and verify the owner, as well.</p> <h2>2. If It Sounds Too Good to Be True, It Probably Is</h2> <p>When scanning through Craigslist listings, be cautious of apartments that seem too good to be true, as they probably are. Often these listings are fake and designed to pull you in with the lure of a &quot;fantastic deal.&quot; Also, if a listing sounds terrific, but is chock full of misspellings and bad grammar, proceed with extreme caution as it could be a sign of a fraudulent or fake ad.</p> <p>Do some research ahead of time to familiarize yourself with the local housing market and the going rents and fees. Do this by scanning local classified ads and utilizing websites like <a href="http://hotpads.com/">Hotpads</a> and <a href="https://livelovely.com/">Lovely</a>. Once you do this, you'll be able to easily spot red flags like unusually cheap rent, small security deposits, and lack of tenant screening.</p> <h2>3. Never Give Personal Information Upfront</h2> <p>Another way scammers use Craigslist to try and entice potential victims is by convincing you it's a really hot property, typically via e-mail, and insisting you &quot;act fast&quot; to reserve it. The most typical scam is asking you to submit a rental application before you view the property. This is done in an effort to get your personal information, such as Social Security and bank account numbers.</p> <p>Avoid this situation by always making sure you view the unit and verify the owner <em>before</em> you fill out a rental application. The only thing that a landlord can legally ask you for prior to showing the place is a valid photo ID.</p> <h2>4. Never Trust an E-mail</h2> <p>Unfortunately, scammers are&nbsp;<a href="http://abclocal.go.com/story?section=news/consumer&amp;id=9513869">hacking into the e-mail addresses</a> of landlords and property owners on Craigslist and defrauding prospective tenants by posing as the real owners. The scam typically starts by answering your e-mail inquiry with a hard sell on why they need your personal information (or a deposit) before showing you the place. Because of this, it's always smart to talk to a real person to verify the property. Most scammers don't want to talk to you on the phone and will try to get your money without doing so. If the listing has a phone number, call it, and verify the rental and all the ad details. If all of your phone calls go unanswered, and unreturned, you should move on to the next prospective listing.</p> <h2>5. Never Wire Money</h2> <p>If a landlord or property owner insists on you wiring money to secure a property, it's probably a scam. There is absolutely no solid reasoning to ever pay with a wire transfer. Sending money by wire transfer is essentially the same thing as sending cash and once it has been sent, it's nearly impossible to get it back.</p> <h2>6. Beware of the Middleman Scam</h2> <p>The &quot;<a href="http://info.stevebrownapts.com/blog/bid/292049/9-Ways-to-Avoid-Apartment-Rental-Scams">middleman scam</a>&quot; is when a scammer pretends a property is available for rent on Craigslist and claims to be handling, or managing, the place for the &quot;real&quot; owners. They'll often claim the owner is out of the country and has trusted the place to them. This middleman will attempt to collect rent, a security deposit, and various fees and then will quickly disappear with your money. Typically, they'll use photos and property information copied directly from a real estate website and create a completely fake listing on Craigslist. Avoid this scam by insisting on seeing the property first and verifying that the place is actually for rent by talking directly to the landlord or neighbors.</p> <p>The bottom line is to always trust your gut instinct, especially in terms of the professionalism of the Craigslist listing and the ease (or lack thereof) of reaching the property owner directly. If something about the deal just doesn't seem right, then move on to the next apartment or rental home and avoid the strong potential for a scam. There will always be plenty of legit listings to meet your needs.</p> <p><em>Have you ever been the victim of a Craigslist housing scam? If so, how did it go down?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kyle-james">Kyle James</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-apartment-hunt-on-craigslist-without-getting-scammed">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-10"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-vile-craigslist-scams-to-watch-out-for">8 Vile Craigslist Scams to Watch Out For</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-simple-way-to-decide-how-much-rent-you-can-really-afford">The Simple Way to Decide How Much Rent You Can Really Afford</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-safe-is-craigslist">How Safe Is Craigslist?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-questions-landlords-cant-ask">10 Questions Landlords Can&#039;t Ask</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-smart-ways-to-get-your-apartment-deposit-back">7 Smart Ways to Get Your Apartment Deposit Back</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Consumer Affairs Real Estate and Housing apartments craigslist renting scams Wed, 27 May 2015 15:00:09 +0000 Kyle James 1431269 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Old Things in Your House That Have Serious Re-Sale Value http://www.wisebread.com/6-old-things-in-your-house-that-have-serious-re-sale-value <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-old-things-in-your-house-that-have-serious-re-sale-value" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_shopping_purse_000015265096.jpg" alt="Woman selling items from her house with serious re-sale value" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's spring cleaning season. But before you toss your old stuff on the curb or schlep it to the donation center, consider selling it for extra cash. These days, there are a number of places you can sell your things online and in-person, and all it takes is some time and effort. You'd be surprised at the resale value some of your old &quot;junk&quot; holds. So, let's take a look!</p> <h2>1. Furniture</h2> <p>If you comb Craigslist or your local Buy/Sell group, you're bound to see a lot of furniture for sale. It might seem like there's a glut, but a lot of these pieces move &mdash; and fast. We have had great success selling desks, dressers, bookcases, and even a couch during moves. And we've made hundreds of dollars doing so.</p> <p>Check out the <a href="https://www.splitwise.com/calculators/furniture">Splitwise Furniture Calculator</a> to figure out fair asking prices. For example, we bought a couch three years ago for $900 that didn't fit in our new space. Taking into account the age, price, and condition (fairly good), the calculator estimated we could ask $420, or nearly half our original purchase price. We listed it for $450 and settled on $425 with the buyer doing all the heavy lifting.</p> <h2>2. Electronics</h2> <p>Sure, old electronics depreciate at a fairly rapid rate. At the same time, how many of us have last generation cell phones, eReaders, televisions, digital cameras, and other tech devices just taking up space in a closet or drawer? I'm raising my hand here, and I'm positive many readers are joining me.</p> <p>Let's take a look at the Apple iPhone 3G. We have two of these guys in our junk drawer because our cell plan just allowed us to switch phones for free. We actually got the 3Gs for free to begin with (same plan promotion), and I used <a href="http://worthmonkey.com/#/Apple%20Iphone%203G">Worth Monkey</a> to figure out a fair asking value: $30 for each. I also have an old Nook Color that I've stopped using since we got an iPad. I could get around $34 if I choose to sell it. It's better than collecting dust.</p> <h2>3. Designer Duds</h2> <p>Do you have any true investment pieces in your wardrobe you no longer wear? Certain luxury brands hold incredible resale value, including Givenchy, Victoria Beckham, Charlotte Olympia, and Alexander McQueen. If so, you can go the consignment route with sites like <a href="https://www.therealreal.com">TheRealReal</a> and make a mint &mdash; up to 70% of the sale price (and most pieces sell in just three days).</p> <p>For the rest of us, consignment stores, thrift shops, and even online second hand shops offer tons of opportunities to sell your old wearables, purses, and shoes for cash. Usually clothing that holds the best value is in good condition (no holes, rips, or stains), within a few seasons, and from popular labels. Try your local shop or check out thredUP (here's&nbsp;<a href="http://track.flexlinks.com/a.ashx?foid=1029882.727442&amp;fot=9999&amp;foc=1" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">how it works</a>), where you'll send your clothes in a postage paid bag and earn money to spend on the site or cash out.</p> <h2>4. Kid Stuff</h2> <p>My local mom group has a Facebook page entirely dedicated to selling baby and kid gear. The minute something is listed, it's claimed (and often with a bidding war). Things like play houses, slides, water tables, strollers, bikes and scooters, baby swings, and clothing are all hot items. Don't feel like listing on your own? Check out resale shops, like <a href="http://www.onceuponachild.com">Once Upon a Child</a>, and get paid on the spot.</p> <p>And if you walk around your neighborhood during yard sale season, you'll see these things picked over quickly. Better yet, you can charge higher prices &mdash; even 100% of your initial purchase &mdash; since most gear gets minimal use. My advice? Consider advertising your sale on Craigslist or Facebook with a photo preview of what you're selling. If people see you have a play house they've been seeking, for example, they might camp out and buy it straight away.</p> <h2>5. Cloth Diapers</h2> <p>Furthermore, cloth diapers &mdash; yes, used ones &mdash; <a href="http://live.happybottomus.com/cloth-diaper-resale-value/">hold a surprising value</a> and resell like crazy. In fact, you can recoup up to 64% of your original investment if you keep your diapers in good working order. Add to that the thousands of dollars cloth diapering saves over disposables, and the extra effort with washing diapers seems totally worth it.</p> <p>Keep in mind that certain brands and types of diapers sell better than others. FuzziBunz one-size and bumGenius 3.0s are two popular brands and styles that sell particularly easily. And unique prints or speciality diapers may even earn back more than their original purchase price. To keep diapers fresh and in good condition, always follow the manufacturer's care instructions.&nbsp;</p> <h2>6. Tools and Garden Supplies</h2> <p>As far as yard sales go, some of the bestselling items are those for the home and garden. You can list a circular saw for up to $36. A lawn mower might earn you $137. Use a guide like <a href="http://www.statricks.com">Statricks</a> to help find the &quot;Blue Book&quot; value of whatever it is you're looking to sell. There's also some cool data on this site: Did you know a Craftsman vacuum is <a href="http://www.statricks.com/blue-book/other/455189-craftsman">listed in local classifieds</a> about every 40 hours?</p> <p>Garage sales are a lot of work, however, so if you have tools and home maintenance stuff you're looking to unload &mdash; try online. eBay has long been a great option for selling second-hand items. Their home and garden section is bursting with great brands at fair prices that attract buyers from all over the world. Just register for a free account, take photos, write up a description to list, and get paid.</p> <p><em>Where do you turn to transform your stale stuff into fresh dollars?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-old-things-in-your-house-that-have-serious-re-sale-value">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-money-and-declutter-by-selling-these-5-unlikely-treasures">Make Money and Declutter by Selling These 5 Unlikely Treasures</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-clothing-items-that-will-last-forever">16 Clothing Items That Will Last Forever</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carving-pumpkins-and-14-other-cool-ways-to-make-cash-from-fall-holidays">Carving Pumpkins and 14 Other Cool Ways to Make Cash From Fall Holidays</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-in-your-garage-that-have-serious-re-sale-value">5 Things in Your Garage That Have Serious Re-Sale Value</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-rid-of-all-your-crap">How to Get Rid of All Your Crap</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks consignment craigslist resale selling value Wed, 29 Apr 2015 13:00:24 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1400967 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: When Are eBay and Craigslist Worth It? http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-when-are-ebay-and-craigslist-worth-it <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-when-are-ebay-and-craigslist-worth-it" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/laptop-4386339-small.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some stellar articles on when eBay and Craigslist are worth it, things you never thought you could DIY, and saving money in your home office.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://lifehacker.com/when-are-ebay-and-craigslist-worth-it-and-when-should-514285664">When Are eBay and Craigslist Worth It (and When Should I Stay Away?)</a> &mdash; Don't buy mattresses or items that need repair from eBay or Craigslist. [Lifehacker]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Incredible-DIY-Projects-30789312">No Way! 18 Incredible Things You Never Thought You Could DIY</a> &mdash; The next time you want to buy a ring, make one yourself out of a quarter! [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.carefulcents.com/save-money-home-office/">7 Smart Tips to Save Money in Your Home Office</a> &mdash; Save money in your home office by using a power strip and making use of blinds and drapes. [Careful Cents]</p> <p><a href="http://www.biblemoneymatters.com/the-power-of-saying-thank-you-to-improve-your-life/">The Power Of Saying Thank You To Improve Your Life</a> &mdash; Expressing thanks to someone can help you focus on someone else instead of focusing on your problems. [Bible Money Matters]</p> <p><a href="http://lenpenzo.com/blog/id1007-why-extended-warranties-for-new-tires-are-a-waste-of-money.html">Why Extended Warranties for New Tires Are A Waste of Money</a> &mdash; Extended warranties on new tires are a waste of money because the odds favor the dealer. [Len Penzo dot Com]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.goodfinancialcents.com/top-5-non-medical-factors-that-affect-your-life-insurance-rates/">Top 5 Non-Medical Factors That Affect Your Life Insurance Rates</a> &mdash; Hazardous occupations and foreign travel can affect your life insurance rates. [Good Financial Cents]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/stretch-those-pennies-with-watered-down-cooking">Stretch Those Pennies with Watered-Down Cooking</a> &mdash; Did you know you can add water to milk to make it go farther? [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.marcandangel.com/2013/06/14/5-ways-to-meet-the-right-people/">5 Ways to Meet the Right People</a> &mdash; Being generous and helping others can help you meet the right people. [Marc and Angel Hack Life]</p> <p><a href="http://timemanagementninja.com/2013/06/10-reasons-you-need-to-make-a-decision-today/">10 Reasons You Need to Make a Decision Today</a> &mdash; It is important to make decisions because inaction can lead to a boring life. [Time Management Ninja]</p> <p><a href="http://www.dumblittleman.com/2013/06/ask-yourself-these-seven-empowering.html">Ask Yourself These Seven Empowering Questions to Help You Break Through Your Resentment and Get On with Your Life</a> &mdash; To let go of resentment and get on with your life, ask yourself how important what you are holding onto really is. [Dumb Little Man]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-when-are-ebay-and-craigslist-worth-it">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-money-and-declutter-by-selling-these-5-unlikely-treasures">Make Money and Declutter by Selling These 5 Unlikely Treasures</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/hoopde-for-sale-starting-price-500-winning-bid-226521">Hoopde for sale. Starting price - $500. Winning bid - $226,521.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/craigslist-vs-ebay-where-to-sell-10-common-items">Craigslist vs. eBay: Where to Sell 10 Common Items</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-rid-of-all-your-crap">How to Get Rid of All Your Crap</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-things-to-buy-or-sell-on-craigslist">The 5 Best Things to Buy or Sell on Craigslist</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living best money tips craigslist eBay Thu, 20 Jun 2013 10:00:33 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 980054 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Writing a Craigslist Ad That Sells http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-writing-a-craigslist-ad-that-sells <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-writing-a-craigslist-ad-that-sells" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/laptop-5108684-small.jpg" alt="laptop" title="laptop" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on writing a Craigslist ad that sells, things to spend your money on other than gas, and breathing life into stale bread.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.stretcher.com/stories/13/13may20c.cfm#.UZuoA4Xi6UM">Writing a Craigslist Ad That Sells</a> &mdash; To write a Craigslist ad that sells, make sure to list the condition of the item up for sale. [The Dollar Stretcher]</p> <p><a href="http://andthenwesaved.com/51-things-to-spend-your-money-on-other-than-gas/">51 Things To Spend Your Money On Other Than Gas</a> &mdash; Instead of spending your money on gas, utilize public transportation so you can buy a new pair of running shoes. [And Then We Saved]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Uses-Stale-Bread-28321824">13 Ways to Breathe Life Into Stale Bread</a> &mdash; Did you know you can use stale bread to clean your coffee grinder? [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://ptmoney.com/applying-for-a-job/">5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Applying for Yet Another Job</a> &mdash; Before you apply for a job, stop and ask yourself whether or not you are overqualified for the position. [PT Money]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2013/05/college-and-cost.html">College and Cost</a> &mdash; When your child is choosing which college to go to, cost should definitely be a factor in their final decision. [Free Money Finance]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.mint.com/blog/uncategorized/6-summer-job-ideas-for-college-students-0613/">6 Summer Job Ideas for College Students</a> &mdash; College students should look into positions as lifeguards or servers to make money during the summer. [MintLife]</p> <p><a href="http://www.mainstreet.com/article/smart-spending/5-tips-buying-quality-jewelry-cheap-0">5 Tips for Buying Quality Jewelry on the Cheap</a> &mdash; It is important to know your metals when trying to buy quality jewelry on the cheap. [MainStreet]</p> <p><a href="http://frugalzeitgeist.com/turning-your-hobby-into-a-real-business/">Turning your hobby into a real business</a> &mdash; If you want to turn your hobby into a real business, you must brand and promote it. [Frugal Zeigeist]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneysavingenthusiast.com/2013/05/14/clutter-free-home-4/">How to Get a Clutter-Free Home for Super Busy People</a> &mdash; To get a clutter free home, simply try to ditch five unnecessary items each day. [Money Saving Enthusiast]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/hilarious-infant-sleep-advice-from-an-exhausted-new-mom">Hilarious Infant Sleep Advice From a New Mom</a> &mdash; One of the best times for new parents to sleep is when their baby sleeps. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-writing-a-craigslist-ad-that-sells">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-be-a-bad-craigslist-seller">How to Be a Bad Craigslist Seller</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-earn-money-on-etsy-no-craft-required">How to Earn Money on Etsy — No Craft Required</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-easiest-items-to-flip-for-cash">10 Easiest Items to &quot;Flip&quot; for Cash</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-make-amazon-pay-you">7 Ways to Make Amazon Pay YOU!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-sell-your-kids-stuff-at-a-consignment-sale">How to Sell Your Kid&#039;s Stuff at a Consignment Sale</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income ad best money tips craigslist selling Wed, 22 May 2013 10:00:32 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 974239 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: How to Sell Stuff on Craigslist http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-sell-stuff-on-craigslist <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-how-to-sell-stuff-on-craigslist" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/computer-5061356-small.jpg" alt="selling online" title="selling online" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="171" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on how to sell stuff on Craigslist, ways to manage your money, and how teens can earn money for college.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://bargainbabe.com/how-to-successfully-sell-stuff-on-craigslist/">How to Sell Stuff on Craigslist</a> &mdash; When selling your stuff on Craigslist, don't post your email address. [Bargain Babe]</p> <p><a href="http://ptmoney.com/manage-your-money/">25 Insanely Easy Ways to Manage Your Money and Get Back on Top</a> &mdash; Joining in on weekly finance tweetchats can help you manage your money and get back on top! [PT Money]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneywisdom.com/10-ways-teenagers-can-earn-money-for-college/">10 Ways Teenagers Can Earn Money for College</a> &mdash; If your teen needs to earn money for college, have him or her tutor someone. [Free Money Wisdom]</p> <p><a href="http://genxfinance.com/how-to-spend-your-tax-refund-wisely/">How to Spend Your Tax Refund Wisely</a> &mdash; With April 15th behind us and tax refunds being issued, consider spending your tax refund on paying down your debt. [Generation X Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://livingonthecheap.com/how-to-start-a-running-program-free-exercise/">Fitness on the cheap: How to start running</a> &mdash; Before you start running, talk to your doctor to make sure you won't hurt yourself with your new exercise routine. [Living on the Cheap]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://cashmoneylife.com/what-to-do-before-your-last-day-of-work/">What to Do Before Your Last Day of Work</a> &mdash; Before your last day of work, take the time to ask for recommendations. [Cash Money Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.joetaxpayer.com/10-good-reasons-to-get-a-personal-loan/">10 Good Reasons to Get a Personal Loan</a> &mdash; If you want to buy a used car, it may be a good idea to get a personal loan. [Joe Taxpayer]</p> <p><a href="http://www.mint.com/blog/housing/7-tips-to-being-the-best-homeowner-you-can-be-0413/">7 Tips to Being the Best Homeowner You Can Be</a> &mdash; Be the best homeowner you can be by going green and protecting your wood floors. [MintLife Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/List-Things-Dispose-24575006">One a Day: Throw These 116 Things Away</a> &mdash; Declutter your life by throwing away extra photo prints and cooking utensils you have two of. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/3-sanity-saving-tips-for-grocery-shopping-with-your-kids">7 Sanity-Saving Tips for Grocery Shopping With Your Kids</a> &mdash; To save your sanity when grocery shopping with your kids, time your trips strategically. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-sell-stuff-on-craigslist">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-easiest-items-to-flip-for-cash">10 Easiest Items to &quot;Flip&quot; for Cash</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-turn-your-stress-into-money">8 Ways to Turn Your Stress Into Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/17-part-time-jobs-to-do-while-your-kids-are-at-school">17 Part-Time Jobs to Do While Your Kids Are at School</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-ways-to-make-money-online-that-arent-scams">13 Ways to Make Money Online That Aren&#039;t Scams</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-9-secrets-of-highly-successful-craigslist-sellers">The 9 Secrets of Highly Successful Craigslist Sellers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income best money tips craigslist extra income sell Tue, 16 Apr 2013 09:48:35 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 973485 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Vile Craigslist Scams to Watch Out For http://www.wisebread.com/8-vile-craigslist-scams-to-watch-out-for <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-vile-craigslist-scams-to-watch-out-for" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/4726897244_2bcfb77733_z.jpg" alt="scams" title="scams" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Craigslist is great. Really, I love it for buying and selling, finding services, and even posting jobs. But for the 99% of ads that are completely legit, you'll find postings designed to con you. That's a sad reality of life, and of Craigslist, but if you know what to look out for you can avoid the pitfalls of an otherwise awesome service. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-safe-is-craigslist">How Safe Is Craigslist?</a>)</p> <h2>1. Lured to a Mugging</h2> <p>This is a really nasty scam, and we could all fall for it quite easily. It's also known as &quot;robbery by appointment.&quot;</p> <p>As a Craigslist seller, you will know that cash is the only way to go. You don't want to deal with bounced checks. Of course, as a buyer you have to abide by those same rules. Craigslist scammers will place an ad for <a href="http://www.contracostatimes.com/news/ci_15567157" target="_blank">something like a car</a>, high-end electronics, or anoter product of significant value. You'll arrange to meet the seller (with a nice wad of cash in your pocket), and that's when you'll be jumped and the money taken from you. Some people have even been killed in the robbery attempt.</p> <p>This &quot;lure&quot; scenario has happened many times over the years, and as always Craigslist advises you to meet in a safe, secure location, go with a friend (or two), and if in doubt, back out.</p> <h2>2. Receiving an Overpayment on ANYTHING</h2> <p>Another common scam is that your prospective buyer will send you a check (regular check, money order, or a cashier's check) that is for much more than the agreed price. There will usually be an excuse, like &quot;oh, I sent a down payment for two months rent instead of one, can you wire me the difference?&quot; Of course, the check they have sent you is fake, but the bank will often cash it and then discover the fraud later. By that time, you're out of pocket, and the scammer's pockets are full of your money.</p> <p>Never wire funds, always deal with people locally, and beware of anything other than cash. Even then, cash can be counterfeit. It doesn't hurt to have a counterfeit detector pen on hand (<a href="http://www.staples.com/Dri-Mark-Counterfeit-Money-Detector-Pen/product_450130">they're less than $10</a>) for larger transactions. And be wary of bills bigger than $20; you can easily be handed a fake $100 bill, give the buyer the item and change, and be out of pocket twice.</p> <h2>3. The Rental Robbery</h2> <p>Back in<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-vicious-home-rental-scam-%E2%80%93-don%E2%80%99t-get-conned" target="_blank"> 2009 I wrote a detailed post on this scam,</a> and it appears it is still going on. In fact, it's more widespread than ever, and the reason is that it is very easy to pull off, and almost impossible to track down the scammer.</p> <p>The basic premise is this. You scour the Craigslist ads for a rental home and find one that is both beautiful and very, very affordable. Almost too affordable. You contact the address in the ad and are told that the owner had to leave the country (usually for <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3VKpb0r7BQ" target="_blank">something like missionary work</a>) and needs money to cover the mortgage. You then are told to fill out a background check (which gives ID thieves a ton of personal info) and wire them money for one month's rent and deposit. Most of us would drop out at that point.</p> <p>However, if you think &quot;well, I'd never send money to someone I'd never met&quot; you should also know there is a variant of the scam that involves people actually showing homes to you and collecting the money there and then. They'll even give you a set of keys (not that they'll work) and a signed agreement. They gain access to the home through various means, including getting the keys legitimately from a home that's on the market, and then renting it out to dozens of people in a single day. Watch out for this one, and if you receive an email that references leaving the country and low rent because money is needed <em>fast</em>, add it to your spam filter.</p> <h2>4. Fake or Canceled Tickets</h2> <p>It's bad enough that scalpers use Craigslist, buying tickets for $50 and when the concert is sold out, selling them to you for $200. But there are also scams involving tickets. These scams won't just leave you paying a steep markup, but also without the tickets you thought you were buying.</p> <p>Sophisticated scammers have found ways to replicate tickets to major events that look and feel legit. They even have holograms and watermarks. But these tickets are worthless, and when you buy them, you'll lose out twice. First with the money, and second when you get turned away from the event.</p> <p>A similar scam involves genuine tickets that get canceled after you buy them. A common scam involves airline tickets. You purchase the tickets for less than face value, thinking you have a bargain. The scammer will tell you they bought the tickets but cannot use them due to a family emergency. However, the tickets have been canceled and cost the scammer nothing. They will cost you dearly.</p> <p>To avoid this, purchase tickets direct from the venue, from a legitimate site like Ticketmaster, or from trusted resources like Hotwire, Travelocity and so on. It's just not worth the risk to buy tickets off Craigslist.</p> <h2>5. The Online Escrow Service</h2> <p>You see an ad on Craigslist for something like a car, boat, expensive electronics, that kind of thing. When you contact the seller, they will reply that they want to use an escrow service for their protection and yours, and send you to a site.</p> <p>However, unlike <a href="http://pages.ebay.com/help/pay/escrow.html#caution" target="_blank">escrow.com, which is a legitimate site endorsed by eBay</a>, they will recommend one that sounds just as plausible. Perhaps something like EscrowProtectionPlan.org or EscrowPaymentGuardian.net, and ask you to set up an account. But this is a fraudulent site set up by the seller, and as soon as you deposit the money, you've lost it. Be wary of any seller that recommends an escrow service to you, and if one does, <a href="http://www.bankrate.com/brm/news/advice/scams/20040517b1.asp" target="_blank">take steps to verify its legitimacy</a>.</p> <h2>6. The Cell Phone Swindle</h2> <p>This one can take a bite out of your monthly income, and if you're not monitoring your finances closely, you may not even notice it.</p> <p>In this scam, someone will respond to your for sale ad saying they are interested, but cannot talk right then. Usually they're at work or otherwise indisposed. However, instead of giving an email address or phone number, they'll ask <em>you </em>to put your cell phone number into a website that &quot;stores&quot; information for them. In reality, it's a site that is signing you up for a monthly charge of $10 or more per month, and there is no way to cancel the service. The only way out, when you spot it, is to cancel your credit card. And forget about getting a refund.</p> <p>Another cell phone swindle is to provide you with a call back number that appears to be an answering service, but is in fact a pay-per-call number. Although you won't be out thousands of dollars like some warnings of these numbers claim (specifically the <a href="http://www.snopes.com/fraud/telephone/809.asp" target="_blank">809 code scam</a>), you could be charged $25-$30 to make the call. And if enough people do it, that's a tidy sum for the scammer.</p> <h2>7. The Job Bait</h2> <p>With <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/techniques-for-escaping-long-term-unemployment">unemployment as high as it is</a>, people out there are desperate for work. And when jobs are in such high demand, scammers come out of the woodwork.</p> <p>Here's the scam. You will see a job offer that sounds wonderful, with great salary and benefits. But when you apply, you could face any number of potential cons. They include: fake background check services and credit report sites that steal your information, being reimbursed to sign up for &quot;free&quot; offers, fee-based training for the potential job, and bogus focus group and survey sites.</p> <p>Your best bet is to thoroughly research any company offering a job. Use the <a href="http://www.bbb.org/" target="_blank">BBB</a>, make sure they have a phone number you can call for information, and run from any posting asking for fees up front.</p> <h2>8. Revenge of the Free Stuff</h2> <p>Sometimes you will see ads in the free section that advertise a massive house clearance. Basically, the renter or homeowner is moving out the next day (perhaps even leaving the country) and needs everything to be gone. Seems legit, right? But often, this is a scammer who is setting up an innocent victim to be burglarized.</p> <p>There have been <a href="http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2004302237_webhoax24m.html" target="_blank">news reports</a> of people returning home to discover that their home is being stripped bare by dozens of people. The scammer is often one of these, who will be helping himself to bigger items and blending in with the crowd. The people who take the stuff, who are usually innocent themselves, can be prosecuted. The victim will rarely be able to get back any of the missing items. And the scammer gets away free and clear.</p> <p>99.9% of the time, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-25-best-things-to-buy-on-craigslist">free stuff will be put out on the curb for you to take</a>, or somewhere else outside of the home. If it's inviting you to just walk into the home and take whatever you like, it's bogus.</p> <p><em>Have you encountered another Craigslist scam not covered here? Let us know in comments.</em>&nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-vile-craigslist-scams-to-watch-out-for">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-safe-is-craigslist">How Safe Is Craigslist?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-apartment-hunt-on-craigslist-without-getting-scammed">6 Ways to Apartment Hunt on Craigslist Without Getting Scammed</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-10-scams-of-2006">Top 10 scams of 2006</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/netspend-the-story-of-the-visa-debit-card-we-did-not-apply-for">netSpend: The Story of the Visa Debit Card We Did Not Apply For</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-signs-that-a-winning-notification-email-is-a-fake">6 Signs That a Winning Notification Email Is a Fake</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Consumer Affairs craigslist online safety scams Mon, 25 Mar 2013 10:36:34 +0000 Paul Michael 971320 at http://www.wisebread.com How Safe Is Craigslist? http://www.wisebread.com/how-safe-is-craigslist <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-safe-is-craigslist" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/3809323529_c1d4d51665_z.jpg" alt="woman using laptop" title="woman using laptop" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="156" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>In the past two years that I&rsquo;ve written for Wise Bread, I&rsquo;ve suggested Craigslist as an excellent means of finding a quick side gig to make extra cash, renting out extra space in your home to tourists, promoting your local business, and selling used furniture and electronics, among other things. I&rsquo;ve used the site for all of the above and then some, and I maintain that it&rsquo;s a very helpful resource. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-25-best-things-to-buy-on-craigslist">The 25 Best Things to&nbsp;Buy on&nbsp;Craigslist</a>)</p> <p>However, many of us have also heard stories about scams that take place on the site, or about dangerous people like the infamous Craigslist Killer who robbed and murdered at least one woman who posted her massage services on the site.</p> <p>I'm not trying to use scare tactics; the vast majority of the time, Craigslist is a great, safe way to exchange goods and services, meet new people, or land a job. But given these well-publicised incidents, I decided to ask a few experts their take on Craigslist, how they feel about its overall safety, and their tips and tricks for helping to prevent unfortunate incidents.</p> <h2>A Safe Place to Meet People?</h2> <p>Mary Jo Fay is the author of &quot;<a href="http://www.outoftheboxx.com/" target="_blank">The Seven Secrets of Love</a>,&quot; and she&rsquo;s used Craigslist to find <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/from-5-to-30-date-ideas-for-every-budget">dates</a>. She says that sometimes Craigslist lacks the level of decorum and respectful tone between its users demanded by regulated sites, but it&rsquo;s still a viable source for anyone looking for love.</p> <p>&ldquo;In my book, I specifically talk about Craigslist in terms of a possible dating site, although without the screening that sites like Match.com have it tends to be pretty vulgar, yet there are still some great folks you can meet out there and I never felt unsafe with any of them,&rdquo; she says. &ldquo;In fact, I generally can get tons more replies on Craigslist without even posting a photo if I just write a unique and appealing ad as opposed to the typical cookie cutter template of many dating sites, where everyone looks alike.&rdquo;</p> <p>The most important aspect of staying safe, May Jo says, is to never let your guard down.</p> <p>&ldquo;Being smart about things is absolutely important, she says. &ldquo;Whether you're selling a couch or meeting a mate, reading between the lines is crucial to determining ahead of time if someone might be a bit iffy. Always meet at a neutral place. Never have someone pick you up on the first date. And when selling or buying something off Craigslist, always have an extra support buddy with you as back up for anyone weird showing up.&rdquo;</p> <p>Scott Bernstein, CEO of <a href="http://www.privatei.net/" target="_blank">Falcon Investigations</a>, a private investigation company, completely disagrees with Mary Jo. He warns against using Craigslist as a dating site as thousands of people do every day. He suggests that there&rsquo;s more criminal activity on Craigslist, including sex trades, stalking, and pedophiles, that any other social site, and that many users are deviants.</p> <p>&ldquo;When I get hired to do a job that might be related to the Internet, I always check on my target's PC hard drive to find any Craigslist correspondence,&rdquo; Bernstein says. &ldquo;This is tricky, as these grifters know how to hide their identities &mdash; but they&rsquo;re not smart enough for me to con them back and get them arrested.&rdquo;</p> <h2>A Safe Place to Sell Your Stuff?</h2> <p>Craigslist might not be recommended for dating, but it can be very useful for selling unwanted stuff.&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.7em;">However, it is essential that you take some personal safety tips into account before using it. N</span><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.7em;">ever wire or transmit funds online, and only buy items that you can pick up in person. Meet in a well-lit, public place, and take along a friend if possible. Never agree to go to someone's home &mdash; and if you're a seller, never disclose your home address.</span></p> <p>Practicing caution when meeting someone from Craigslist is only the start of the safety checklist when using the site. Craigslist is notorious for helping facilitate (not actively, but because it&rsquo;s not a regulated community) scams that could result in identity theft and a compromise of your financial information.</p> <p><span style="color: rgb(17, 17, 17); font-family: georgia; font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.4em;">Practicing Safe Craigslist</span></p> <p>To make these expert safety tips more digestible, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Robert-L.-Siciliano/e/B0035CH602/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1" target="_blank">author Robert Siciliano</a>, McAfee Online Security Expert, breaks the basics into bullet points and provides even more valuable, practical information to stay safe when using Craigslist.</p> <p><strong>ID Pre-Meeting</strong></p> <p>&quot;Get their name and cell phone number ahead of time,&quot; says Siciliano. &quot;And call them back to verify. Tell them your brother, the cop, will be there so they shouldn&rsquo;t be alarmed when they pull up and see a police cruiser.&quot;</p> <p><strong>Never Meet in Private</strong></p> <p>A public location with lots of people around is always best.</p> <p><strong>Trust Your Gut</strong></p> <p>If something seems wrong, it probably is wrong. If that's the case, it's generally better to be safe and cancel.</p> <p><strong>Enlist a Friend Whenever Possible</strong></p> <p>&quot;There is strength in numbers,&quot; says Siciliano. &quot;Predators thrive on isolation. By paring up, you reduce the chances of being attacked.&quot;</p> <p><strong>Look Street Smart</strong></p> <p>Leave expensive-looking clothing and accessories at home, and wear shoes that you can run and kick in.</p> <p><strong>Not Knowing Creates Risk</strong></p> <p>Siciliano notes, &quot;Unfortunately, there is risk in meeting someone you don&rsquo;t know. Being guarded can keep you from getting into a vulnerable situation.&quot;</p> <p><strong>Stay in Communication</strong></p> <p>Tell someone where you are going and when you will be back, and make sure to keep your cell phone with you.</p> <p><em>Do you have a Craigslist horror story? Any tips to add to safely using Craigslist? Let me know in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-safe-is-craigslist">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-vile-craigslist-scams-to-watch-out-for">8 Vile Craigslist Scams to Watch Out For</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-apartment-hunt-on-craigslist-without-getting-scammed">6 Ways to Apartment Hunt on Craigslist Without Getting Scammed</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-10-scams-of-2006">Top 10 scams of 2006</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/netspend-the-story-of-the-visa-debit-card-we-did-not-apply-for">netSpend: The Story of the Visa Debit Card We Did Not Apply For</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/diy-plastic-surgery-this-is-not-a-hoax">DIY Plastic Surgery: This Is Not A Hoax.</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Consumer Affairs craigslist online safety scams Wed, 16 Jan 2013 11:24:35 +0000 Mikey Rox 963738 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Furnish Your Home for Less Than the Cost of a Moving Truck http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-furnish-your-home-for-less-than-the-cost-of-a-moving-truck <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-furnish-your-home-for-less-than-the-cost-of-a-moving-truck" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/4087334805_5f02a2371b_b.jpg" alt="sitting on couch" title="sitting on couch" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>During a recent move, our family decided that we could sell our furniture and buy used furniture for less than the cost of renting a moving truck. We moved into a completely empty rental house and furnished it for about $1,500. (There were major appliances already in the house.)</p> <p>After you've decided to used furniture, don't back down. Buying used furniture takes more time than buying new furniture, but the time you invest in shopping around and waiting will bring huge returns. Many people end up buying new furniture simply because they get lazy. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/build-your-own-furniture-9-helpful-tips-for-non-carpenters">Build Your Own&nbsp;Furniture: 9 Helpful Tips for Non-Carpenters</a>)</p> <h3>3 Essential Resources for Any Frugal Furniture Hunt</h3> <p>Depending on your preferences, there may be some items you'd like to buy new. Lots of folks refuse to buy used mattresses and upholstered furniture because of the possibility of bedbugs. If you want to buy these items used, you should research how to uncover those pesky pests. You can check out this Dateline story to discover <a href="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/11877871/ns/travel-travel_tips/t/worried-about-bed-bugs-your-hotel-room/">how to find bedbugs</a>.</p> <p><strong>Craigslist</strong></p> <p>Before using <a href="http://craigslist.org">Craigslist</a>, I was nervous about getting scammed; I'd heard a lot of horrifying stories. However, by using some common sense and a few simple tips, I found that Craigslist can be a great place to buy used furniture.</p> <p>Always ask sellers <em>why</em> they are selling an item. I've found this to be the most important question &mdash; you want to make sure they're not selling an item because it's broken, stained, or harboring pests. There is no science to knowing the accuracy of their answer, but you'll need to trust your gut. If their answer doesn't make sense to you, then just wait for something that seems more legitimate. In our case, most of the furniture we bought was from individuals who were moving. By looking at the house, it was quite clear that their story was true.</p> <p>Also be sure to ask about the history of the item; the answer could reveal potential problems.</p> <p><strong>Garage Sales</strong></p> <p>Going to a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-have-a-successful-garage-sale">garage sale</a> must be viewed as a treasure hunt. You never know what you're going to find. I found it frustrating going to garage sales looking for something in particular, but when I just went to see what I could find, the trips were always more enjoyable.</p> <p>The good news is that when you find something at a garage sale, it will usually be cheaper than anything you'd find on Craigslist or at a second hand store. The hassle factor does pay off eventually.</p> <p>Most folks at garage sales are <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-7-laws-of-negotiation">willing to negotiate</a>, but I found the asking prices were typically something I was happy to pay, so I skipped the negotiation step.</p> <p><strong>Secondhand Stores</strong></p> <p>When you start visiting the different stores in your town, you'll find that the prices can vary dramatically. My experience has been that <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-to-look-for-every-time-you-visit-a-thrift-store">secondhand stores</a> have higher prices than either Craigslist or garage sales. Furthermore, different stores have different purposes. Some are clearly in business to make a larger profit than others; some stores are more mission-based while others are profit-based. You'll quickly discover the nature of the stores as you visit them. We spent a day visiting the different used stores in town (without buying anything) just to get a sense of which store had the best price on furniture.</p> <p>The biggest disadvantage of secondhand stores (other than the price) is that it's harder to get the history of an item. You won't know if the dresser is 2 years old or 20 years old.</p> <h3>Tips for Buying Used Furniture</h3> <p>Searching for used furniture can be frustrating, but rewarding &mdash; these tips will help with your search.</p> <p><strong>Be Patient</strong></p> <p>Most new furniture stores offer the advantage of being able to find exactly what you want when you want it. However, when buying items used, you'll need to be prepared for days or a few weeks of shopping around and watching for offers.</p> <p><strong>Be Willing to Borrow or Buy a Cheap Substitute</strong></p> <p>When it came time to move into our house, we still didn't have a table. We went into the furniture store and realized that we were looking at over $2,000 for a new table and chairs. We decided to borrow a plastic folding table from family members. Even if we had to go to Sam's Club and buy one for $100, we would have been much better off in the long run.</p> <p>You could also consider buying something really functional now and upgrading later. If you have a specific table design in mind, you might just pick something up for $100 to buy time, so that over the next few months you can monitor secondhand sources and try to find the exact item you're seeking.</p> <p><strong>Be Flexible</strong></p> <p>The more specific your imagination is with what you want, the more likely it is that you won't find it. In other words, a person who is looking for a dresser is much more likely to find a great dresser than the person looking for a long cherry colored dresser with five drawers and bronze handles.</p> <p><strong>Scratches Can Easily Be Covered Up</strong></p> <p>For less than $10, you can buy furniture pens. Don't pass up on otherwise nice furniture just because of issues with the finishing. If the furniture is really nice, it might be worth sanding and refinishing.</p> <p><strong>Inspect the Furniture Closely</strong></p> <p>For dressers, check all the draws to make sure they slide out well. Test tables to see how sturdy they are. Sit on chairs to feel how comfortable they are. Don't rush the inspection process.</p> <p><em>What tips do you have for saving money on furniture?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/craig-ford">Craig Ford</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-furnish-your-home-for-less-than-the-cost-of-a-moving-truck">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-deals-in-every-thrift-store">The 5 Best Deals in Every Thrift Store</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dont-let-bedbugs-take-a-bite-out-of-your-next-thrift-store-deal">Don&#039;t Let Bedbugs Take a Bite Out of Your Next Thrift Store Deal</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-should-never-buy-used">10 Things You Should Never Buy Used</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-buy-used-furniture">How to Buy Used Furniture</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-fans">The 5 Best Fans</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home Shopping craigslist garage sales thrift stores used furniture Wed, 15 Aug 2012 09:48:46 +0000 Craig Ford 950543 at http://www.wisebread.com Ask the Readers: How Do You Get Rid of Your Unwanted Stuff? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-get-rid-of-your-unwanted-stuff <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-get-rid-of-your-unwanted-stuff" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/6474737849_27a0207f89_z-1.jpg" alt="How Do You Get Rid of Your Unwanted Stuff?" title="How Do You Get Rid of Your Unwanted Stuff?" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Editor's Note: Congratulations to </em><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-get-rid-of-your-unwanted-stuff#comment-540333"><em>Autumn</em></a><em>, </em><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-get-rid-of-your-unwanted-stuff#comment-540448"><em>kristina</em></a><em>, and </em><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-get-rid-of-your-unwanted-stuff#comment-540047"><em>Tom</em></a><em> for winning this week's contest!&nbsp;</em></p> <p>Everyone has items in their house or in storage that they don't need or want anymore. Whether it's an old TV that never gets used or items of clothing your kids outgrew, odds are you've either sold, donated, or thrown away things you no longer use or just don't need. Some people take the time to sell stuff on Craigslist or have a yard sale while others either donate or throw away their unwanted stuff.</p> <p><b>How do you get rid of your unwanted stuff?</b><span style="font-weight: normal;">&nbsp;Do you sell it on Craigslist? Have a garage sale? Donate it? Or do you just throw it out?</span></p> <p>Tell us how you get rid of your unwanted stuff and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</p> <h2>Win 1 of 3 $20 Amazon Gift Cards</h2> <p>We're doing three giveaways &mdash; one for random comments, one for random Facebook &quot;Likes&quot;, and another one for random tweets.</p> <h3>Mandatory Entry:&nbsp;</h3> <ul> <li>Post your answer in the comments below&nbsp;</li> </ul> <h3>For extra entries (1 per action):</h3> <ul> <li>Go to our <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Wise-Bread/26830741467?ref=ts">Facebook page</a>, &quot;Like&quot; us, and leave a comment on this article telling us you did, or</li> <li><a href="http://www.twitter.com/">Tweet</a> your answer. You have to be a follower of our <a href="http://twitter.com/wisebread">@wisebread account</a>. Include both &quot;@wisebread&quot; and &quot;#WBAsk&quot; in your tweet so we'll see it and count it. Leave a link to your tweet (click the timestamp for the individual URL) in a separate comment.</li> </ul> <p><strong>If you're inspired to write a whole blog post OR you have a photo on flickr to share, please link to it in the comments or tweet it.</strong></p> <h4>Giveaway Rules:</h4> <ul> <li>Contest ends Monday, July 23rd at 11:59 pm Pacific. Winners will be announced after July 23rd on the original post. Winners will also be contacted via email.</li> <li>You can enter all three drawings &mdash; once by leaving a comment, once by liking our Facebook update, and once by tweeting.</li> <li>This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered, or associated with Facebook.</li> <li>You must be 18 and US resident to enter. Void where prohibited.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Good Luck!</strong></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tell us how you get rid of your unwanted stuff and we&#039;ll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card! </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-get-rid-of-your-unwanted-stuff">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-weird-things-to-sell-on-ebay-for-extra-cash">6 Weird Things to Sell on eBay for Extra Cash</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-money-and-declutter-by-selling-these-5-unlikely-treasures">Make Money and Declutter by Selling These 5 Unlikely Treasures</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-rid-of-your-junk">How to Get Rid of Your Junk</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-give-chance-to-win-20">Ask the Readers: How Do You Give? (Chance to win $20!)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/clear-out-that-clutter-15-places-to-sell-your-stuff">Clear Out That Clutter: 15 Places to Sell Your Stuff</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Giveaways Ask the Readers craigslist donations eBay selling trash yard sale Tue, 17 Jul 2012 10:36:08 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 941366 at http://www.wisebread.com Guide to Buying a Used Car Without Going Crazy http://www.wisebread.com/guide-to-buying-a-used-car-without-going-crazy <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/guide-to-buying-a-used-car-without-going-crazy" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man_with_car.jpg" alt="Man with car" title="Man with car" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="160" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>One night about a month ago, I was telling my friend about the brain-frying frustration I was experiencing trying to buy a used car off of Craiglist. &quot;I feel like I can spend infinite time on this,&quot; I told her, &quot;And there are infinite options.&quot;</p> <p>&quot;Everyone I know who has tried to buy a used car on Craigslist has gone absolutely crazy,&quot; she said. That response was like getting bird poop in your eye and then being told it's happened to other people&nbsp;&mdash; it's nice to know you're not alone, but it really doesn't help the situation.</p> <p>It was a good reminder of how stressful buying a used car is, though, especially when you're buying from an individual though a classified site like Craigslist like I was. I spent a LOT&nbsp;of hours researching vehicles, goings for test drives, and heading to check out cars only to be told they just sold to someone else. I learned a lot in the process, and I did finally find a car &mdash; one that was in good condition and in my price range. No matter what you do, buying a used car is going to be stressful &mdash; nobody wants to throw thousands of dollars away on a lemon. I can't tell you that you won't be stressed out, but here's some information I wish I had known up front that will hopefully make your car-buying process easier. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-myths-about-car-insurance">5 Myths About Car Insurance</a>)</p> <h2>A Few Things to&nbsp;Consider First</h2> <p>First of all, the suggestions in this article pertain primarily to buying a car from an individual or a dealer that does not provide certified pre-owned vehicles. My budget was $4,000 &mdash; low for a car, I know, but I wanted to avoid car payments at all costs. This meant that certified pre-owned vehicles were out of my price range.</p> <p>Two of the primary things to check on when you're buying a used car have to do with the title, and you should find out about these before you even look at the car.&nbsp;First of all, make sure that the seller has the physical title, and that the title is in his or her name. If you hand over payment for a car, and that car turns out to have a lien on it (i.e., money is still owed to the bank for the car loan), you might not end up owning the car you just bought.</p> <p>Also check whether or not the title is a salvage title.&nbsp;A salvage title means that at some point, an insurance company deemed the car in question beyond salvageable. While sometimes salvage titles pertain to theft and the car itself is fine, it often means that the car was in an accident. Even if the car was rebuilt, the car's structure is usually left weaker after this type of an event and is generally less safe.</p> <h2>Narrow Your Options</h2> <p>One of the biggest problems I had with buying my car was getting overwhelmed by choice. My main criteria was that I wanted the car to &quot;run well for at least two years.&quot; But that left a huge number of vehicles for me to choose from. I felt that with my price range,&nbsp;I needed to take what I could get. But with some urging from my boyfriend, I further refined my criteria. I wanted a short car, because I only have street parking, and I wanted it to have under 100,000 miles on it. I also wanted to buy a car from someone who was moving or changing cars for a good reason (such as getting a bigger car for an expanding family), because I figured that'd net vehicles in better condition. While part of me felt like I might be missing out on a great deal by focusing my search like this, it did make things easier.</p> <h2>Make Space in Your Budget</h2> <p>Remember that the cost of the car itself isn't the only cost. There might be an increase in your insurance, DMV fees, or unexpected mechanic costs. Include funds for these costs in your car-buying budget.</p> <h2>Do Your Research</h2> <p>I did a LOT of research into the cars I looked at. Here are the big four sites that I used.</p> <p><strong>Kelley Blue Book </strong></p> <p>The <a href="http://www.kbb.com/">Kelley Blue Book</a> is the standard for finding what used cars are worth. Plug in the information on a car you're thinking of buying, and it will tell you how much suggested selling price of the car is.&nbsp;The site will even provide different price levels based on the car's condition.</p> <p><strong>Edmunds</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.edmunds.com/">Edmunds</a> provides car reviews and gives suggestions on whether or not a particular used car is generally a good buy. If it isn't, they'll generally give suggestions on similar cars to look at. They didn't have information on a couple of cars I was interested, but in general, it was a very helpful site.</p> <p><strong>MSN Autos</strong></p> <p>The <a href="http://autos.msn.com/">MSN&nbsp;Autos</a> site has what I found to be one of the most valuable resources in my car search &mdash; reliability charts that show what problems different makes of cars usually have and the cost to fix them. For example, the <a href="http://autos.msn.com/research/vip/Reliability.aspx?year=2002&amp;make=Volkswagen&amp;model=Cabrio&amp;trimid=-1">2002 VW Cabrio</a> has moderate engine problems, but the repairs are all relatively inexpensive.</p> <p><strong>Carfax</strong></p> <p>Once you have a car you like, enter the vehicle identification number (VIN &mdash; it's at the base of the windshield), and <a href="http://www.carfax.com/">Carfax</a> will give you a report on the history of that car. It steered me away from an otherwise great-seeming car that turned out to fail the California emissions test five times in a row, and it showed me that the car I did eventually buy had no serious problems.</p> <h2>Check the Car Out</h2> <p>If you see a car you really like, make an appointment to see it as soon as you can. If it really is a good car at a good price, there is an excellent chance that someone else will buy it before you get there. This happened to me several times.</p> <p>Get someone to go with you. Not only do you probably need the ride, but a second person can provide lots of help. My friend both helped me inspect cars and provided a voice of reason when I wanted to settle for a not-so-great vehicle just to be done with the whole process.</p> <p>Check the car out carefully. Hopefully, this is a &quot;duh&quot; comment. There are a lot of great resources online already about what to look for &mdash; check out About.com's <a href="http://usedcars.about.com/od/gettingstarted/a/Top10QPrivSell.htm">10 Questions to Ask When&nbsp;Buying a Used Car From a Private Seller</a> or Consumer Reports <a href="http://www.consumerreports.org/content/news/wheeling/worksheets/pickup_car_inspection_table.html">test drive checklist</a>. If you have a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-ways-to-find-a-reputable-mechanic">trusted mechanic</a>, arrange for him or her to look at the car.</p> <p>If you are buying from a dealer rather than an individual, see what your warranty options are.</p> <h2>Buying the Car</h2> <p>Do your research to get as good of a grasp as you can on your state's car sale laws. We all know the truth to various stereotypes about the user-unfriendliness of the DMV, so this might not be easy. But a good scouring of your state DMV's website should give you the information you need about paperwork, when you need to report to the DMV, and fees.</p> <p>Make sure to get documentation of everything associated with the sale, and pay with a cashier's check, not cash. If you didn't get the car checked by a mechanic before, bring it by soon to make sure everything is okay.</p> <h2>Above All, Be Patient</h2> <p>Remember what I said at the beginning about feeling like there are infinite options? I wanted so many times to give up in some way &mdash; to settle for a vehicle that wasn't really what I wanted, to go out of my price range and get a loan, to break down and whine about the fact that I don't live in a city with good public transportation anymore. But with some patience and research, I purchased a car that was kept in excellent condition and fit all of my criteria.</p> <p>I'm thrilled about my new used car. I hope you enjoy yours too.</p> <p><em>Do you have any other used car buying advice? Share in the comments below!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/meg-favreau">Meg Favreau</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/guide-to-buying-a-used-car-without-going-crazy">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-game-of-haggling-how-to-get-a-great-deal-on-a-used-car">The game of Haggling: How to Get a Great Deal on a Used Car</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/seven-tips-for-buying-a-second-hand-car-and-walking-away-happy">Seven Tips For Buying a Second Hand Car and Walking Away Happy</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-on-your-new-car-send-mom-not-dad-to-the-dealer">Save on Your New Car: Send Mom, Not Dad, to the Dealer</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/hoopde-for-sale-starting-price-500-winning-bid-226521">Hoopde for sale. Starting price - $500. Winning bid - $226,521.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-save-an-extra-109486-a-year">How to Save an Extra $1,094.86 a Year</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Cars and Transportation auto budget buying used cars craigslist Mon, 02 Jan 2012 11:24:09 +0000 Meg Favreau 827961 at http://www.wisebread.com