Craigslist vs the Yard Sale

December 12, 2011

If Craigslist and a Yard Sale were to duke it out over which one is the better way to get rid of old crap that you don't want anymore, Craigslist would win hands-down.  And here's why.

Getting rid of your stuff at a yard sale:

1) Poll all your neighbors and friends to see who wants to go in on a yard sale with you.
2) Give up on convincing your neighbors and friends.  Go to an office supply store and buy neon signs, magic markers, and duct tape.
3) Make the signs.
Crappy old filing cabinet but everyone wants it if it's free!
4) Post the signs.
5) Put an ad on Craigslist.
6) Get up really, really, early to move your crap out in to the garage/yard
7) Hang outside all day and be forced to haggle with weirdos and keep an eye out for the shoplifters.
8) At the end of the day, count up the $30.50 that you made, subtract the $8.00 you spent on signs and markers.
9) Go take down all your neon signs.
10) Haul all the crap you couldn't sell back into storage.

Getting rid of stuff on Craigslist:

1) Take a photo of the item(s) in question and post it immediately to the "free" section of Craigslist with your smartphone app.
2)  Go about your business and notice that within 20 minutes all your old crap is gone and you didn't have to lift a finger.


At the yard sale, yes, you came out about $22.50 ahead, but you also had to sit on your front lawn for 8 hours. Not to mention the time you spent making and posting those signs.  True, you didn't make any money with the Craigslist post, but you also didn't have to babysit your front lawn all day.  And let's face it, your time is worth more than that.