Do you save money by shopping on Craig's List?
Lots of people do but some items are bigger bargains than others.
The personal finance website, Wisebread.com says consumers should avoid buying infant car seats, cell phones or high end electronic items on Craigslist.
You should never buy an infant car seat cell phone or high end electronic goods on Craig's list.
Wisebread published of the 25 best things to buy:
- Exercise Equipment: Think of all those people who make New Year's resolutions to exercise, don't follow through, and don't want a reminder gathering dust in their homes.
- Bed Frames (not mattresses!)solutions gathering dust.
- Furniture: Older furniture is often well made and has character!
- DVDs and CDs: They are often less than half of what you would pay in a store.
- Video Games: Unlike DVDs and CDs, once a game has been completed, there is very little point in doing it all over again.
- Collectibles: They are often less expensive than on eBay.
- Tools: New tools can cost a fortune.
- Books: There is a whole category on Craigslist devoted to books, and the prices are rock-bottom as always.
- Toys: Wh pay full price? You can pick up some of the latest toys on Craigslist for pennies, and you won't have to contend with that annoying packaging that would challenge the patience of a saint.
- Bicycles: You have to be careful on this one, but if you know what you want and what to look for, you can scoop up some bargains.
- Framed Art: You may even find original art for a bargain, or a long lost masterpiece!
- Office Supplies: The poor economy means a lot of businesses have gone into liquidation, and when that happens, the supplies have to be sold off for pennies on the dollar.
- Refrigerators and Other Appliances: People sell their older, still-working ones when remodeling.
- Antiques: Don't buy really pricy antiques without doing research. Vintage items can be big bargains.
- Sports Equipment for Kids: Children outgrow sports uniforms and equipment very quickly, often before it is worn out.
- Musical Instruments: People who have lost interest in who are uprading the instruments sell the old ones.
- Barbeque Grills: If they are in good working condition, you can save hundreds.
- Sinks, Tubs, Toilets, and Showers: When people decide to upgrade their bathrooms, they want the old fixtures and fittings gone quickly. But quite often, these upgrades are about style and modernization, not function.
- Lawn Mowers: Especially in winter time!
- Pack 'n' Plays, High Chairs, and Rockers: (Not infant seats, no cribs, no strollers) You can pick up items for 75% less than retail, just make sure they have not been recalled.
- Dog Kennels: They can be a fraction of the cost of a new one.
- Playsets: Craigslist has lots of listings for these. Some are worn out but other have barely been used. Keep in mind you will have to take it apart for transport, then put back together.
- Outdoor Furniture: A lot of people buy outdoor furniture and realize they're not actually using it.
- Landscaping Supplies: When homeowners landscape their yards, they will invariably be left with overages.
- Crockery and Silverware: People looking to clear out space in the kitchen will sell off their older sets for almost nothing.
For safety, exchange money and goods in a public place and not by yourself. Never pay money up front.
Have you gotten any bargains on Craig's List? Comments welcome below! :)