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How do you list items for sale for free online?

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Perhaps the most popular place to sell items online for free is Craigslist. Craigslist, which offers sites tailored to individual cities and other geographic locations, allows users to post classified ads without paying, unlike sites such as EBay that charge commissions.

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Someone wishing to sell an item on Craigslist should first locate the page for their region by traveling to the main Craigslist site. Craigslist offers sub-pages for a number of locations on six continents, including dozens in the United States. The interface on the site prompts the user to enter basic information about an object such as type, condition and desired price. Users are encouraged to upload pictures, so potential buyers can identify objects in which they might be interested before contacting sellers.

Since Craigslist emphasizes local sales, it is best for selling large or otherwise difficult to ship items, such as furniture and vehicles. Other sites, such as Etsy, EBay and Amazon are better for other objects, but they often charge fees.

Experts at the website "Life Edited" recommend that sellers on Craigslist price their items somewhat high, as Craigslist buyers will frequently make lowball offers. Other tips for maximizing prices include writing a good title, taking well-lit and clear photographs, and writing an enthusiastic and detailed description emphasizing the better qualities of the object.

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