Monday, April 22, 2013

My Foray into Craigslisting

One of my goals (for years now) has been to sell something on Craigslist.  This afternoon I finally got around to listing an item: our broken washing machine. 

Side note: Can you believe our approximately $1000 1 1/2 year old Whirlpool Duet washing machine broke? The repair cost was estimated to be $800 and would involve replacing a bearing with the same poor quality Whirlpool bearing. No thanks.  Whirlpool offered the part for free if we would use their technicians, but the other repairmen I spoke with recommended cutting my losses.  I am now a proud owner of a used top loader (with agitator) washing machine that cost $200.

Since the washer was broken and needed an expensive repair we had planned to list it for free if someone would just come pick it up, but then I figured why not shoot for the stars? :)  I listed it for $30 and planned to drop it to free if it didn't sell within a day or so since it's sitting on our back porch and an eyesore.  I gave the first responder a call, and after negotiations, he was on his way to our house.  I quickly realized how annoying the process would be: emailing/phone calls, giving out my address to a complete stranger, and coordinating a time in the evening when Blake would be home too (and cutting my workout short to accommodate the process).  So when my buyer arrived I asked if he'd be interested in purchasing the pedestal too.  I planned to list it tomorrow and could have easily gotten more money for it, but I'm happy with the $40 we made for less than an hour of effort.  Plus the stupid washer isn't on our porch anymore.  Hoping to list more stuff this week! Yeah for spring cleaning.

p.s. I'm thankful my allergy-related sore throat and yuckiness is starting to let up a little. 


Anonymous said...

You did good and I think this will help you psychologically. lol.

Bumble Of Joy said...

I love Craiglisting! We pick up things for free pretty often and also list things to sell or for free as well. Its great! You did a good job with your first listing =)

Nilsa @ SoMi Speaks said...

We got a great, gently used car seat through Craigslist to give to my parents (so we don't have to lug one out to Boston when we fly to visit them). I don't spend much time on there, but certainly consider it whenever we need something we don't necessarily need new.