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Trying to sell my HDTV, but Craigslist sucks..

wizard7926 18,520 5,696 March 15, 2011 at 08:03 AM
I know that the 37" LED razor-thin TV I have to sell is worth $400-450 at the least, but my local Craigslist sucks in terms of finding a decent non-scammer and I can't seem to reach the right buyer. eBay is out because the fees won't make it worth it (tried eBay Classifieds as well).

Are there any avenues you'd recommend here? I'd prefer an offline cash exchange and not deal with fees, shipping, etc. of an online resource, especially because I'd net less money online.

Thanks!

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My local area's news station has a free classified listings. Its very popular in the area and not full of scammers. ksl.com is the site , but its for the salt lake city area.
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I know that the 37" LED razor-thin TV I have to sell is worth $400-450 at the least, but my local Craigslist sucks in terms of finding a decent non-scammer and I can't seem to reach the right buyer. eBay is out because the fees won't make it worth it (tried eBay Classifieds as well).

Are there any avenues you'd recommend here? I'd prefer an offline cash exchange and not deal with fees, shipping, etc. of an online resource, especially because I'd net less money online.

Thanks!
It could be people would rather spend the extra $100 and get a brand new 37" LED Vizio Razor:

http://accessories.us.dell.com/sn...u=A4185348
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Do you mind me asking what model it is you are trying to sell? Many times if you're having difficulty it's on the seller, not the medium. I successfully sold my 32" Vizio HDTV on Craigslist in short time span because 1) my price was very reasonable 2) I made a good looking ad with HUGE clear pictures 3) I was willing to deliver 4) I was prompt in my responses and my availability was pretty wide open. If you don't have at least most of these things going in your favor you could have diffculty.

Not sure if you are willing, but I find that free delivery is the kicker. Almost everyone takes advantage of it and I'm more than willing to oblige cause when I want to sell something, I'll literally do whatever it takes to sell it. The past 3 weeks I've sold a $10 blender - that was a miracle, I didn't think anyone would want that thing. I met the guy at the mall parking lot. I sold a portable BBQ for $20, had to drive 30 miles out the way, but I got rid of it. I sold a 7 band graphic equalizer for $20, sat in the freezing cold at Dick's Hamburgers in Seattle for 20 minutes, but I got the thing sold!
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Your TV is massively overpriced. No one will pay anywhere near that. Maybe - and that's a BIG maybe - if it was new in the original box. Try to sell it for maybe $200- $250. Shipping is going to be an issue with that TV. If you have the original box, perhaps ebay would be a good choice. But I would also check out your local newspaper.
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Quote from slipgate View Post :
Your TV is massively overpriced. No one will pay anywhere near that. Maybe - and that's a BIG maybe - if it was new in the original box. Try to sell it for maybe $200- $250. Shipping is going to be an issue with that TV. If you have the original box, perhaps ebay would be a good choice. But I would also check out your local newspaper.
The OP never shared the price he's selling the item at, just that it's worth $400-450.
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The OP never shared the price he's selling the item at, just that it's worth $400-450.
Oh cuz thats what I was looking for also, I did not ever remember seeing what the OP was looking to sell it for,,, thought I had not had enough coffee yet! LOL!
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The OP never shared the price he's selling the item at, just that it's worth $400-450.
The assumption is that he is going to try to sell it for what he thinks it is "worth". It is worth what someone will pay for it, which I think is $200-$250, so my original answer is still valid.
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Look at what similiar items are sellin for on your craigslist site & price yours accordinly
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I know that the 37" LED razor-thin TV I have to sell is worth $400-450 at the least, but my local Craigslist sucks in terms of finding a decent non-scammer and I can't seem to reach the right buyer. eBay is out because the fees won't make it worth it (tried eBay Classifieds as well).

Are there any avenues you'd recommend here? I'd prefer an offline cash exchange and not deal with fees, shipping, etc. of an online resource, especially because I'd net less money online.

Thanks!
If you find that you're getting replies mostly from scammers then try re-wording your ad. Have strict terms listed:

1. It is a cash only transaction and no other form of payment will be accepted. You will NOT accept anything else.

2. They must pick it up in person. Depending on safety concerns, they may have to agree to meet in a very public place.

3. Non-negotiable. If you feel you have made a decent offer then stick to it. You'll still get a desperate person or con who will try to get you to budge but you can stop it for the most part.

4. Is it like new? Barely used? Have a warranty? Throw in anything positive.

5. TV's are tough because buyers want - and need - to try it out and make sure it works. If you have a place with an outdoor outlet, or can use a garage, or can run an extension cord to the doorway those are reasonable options. (You really don't want a stranger in your home.) State what you are willing to do so they can try before buying. I've had to do that.

If Craigslist still doesn't work for you then try a small local neighborhood paper.
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