There are a number of ways to raise money if you have time and are willing to respond to many emails Also you have to be willing to chase down a lot of leads that peters out to nothing. This method is using Craigslist. The basic premise is that you have something of value or utility that people might be interested in obtaining from you. What I tend to do is take photographs of the item and post a detailed description of the item you are selling. Sometimes you want to clarify why you are posting something, such as katana swords. “The swords are not decorative and are not sharp” I guarantee people will come back and ask if the sword is sharp or who made it….China?
There have been many responses written to my posts and so many of them are very tort. Such as will you take 5 dollars for it or a single line of bad grammar, Still got it? Not that I wouldn’t sell to these people but seriously it doesn’t take much to write a friendly and courteous line that expresses your interest in a product. I have responded to hundreds of inquiries and then I never hear anything back. I am assuming that they either lost interest or just found something else to satiate them. However in some instances you hear something back pretty soon and people will come by to look at something. This sometimes can be that very day or the weekend. The words “do you want to buy it” should probably not be written in an email. Most people recoil when this is asked.
So they come to your house or you meet them somewhere in public. What ever you do, do not drive out of your way to meet people unless they are willing to compensate you. So, 9 out of 10 times this is a very rapid exchange. People check the merchandise (eye ball it) and then hand you the money. Once this is done then you say thanks and you go about your business.
Craigslist is a handy way of selling some items you may not want or you are not using any more and not want to get rid. But it generally takes a long time to sell them. I have had items on CL for over a year sometime. But it is worth it when you get that cash. There are other ways to raise money like this, those are have a yard sale and the of course the ever elusive EBAY/AMAZON.
On a side note, one of the best pieces of advice I can give you is to post items Thursday evening because on Friday people will check Craigslist and plan for the weekend accordingly.