I've been selling on Craigslist for a long time and have never had a problem. But I also take steps to insure I don't have a problem. Here are some things I've learned over the years to insure safe selling.
1) Never use your existing home phone number, it is very easy to reverse lookup and find your address. Use a cell number or a service number such as Google Voice.
2) Never have your address on the ad. You can use Craigslist's map feature to show the general area such as the main road and crosstreet but never pinpoint your location.
3) Be prepared to block certain callers using your phone service (if you can). There are a lot of nasty people that are more than willing to harass you. If you get a call from one, immediately block them. If you then get an email from them, just ignore it. The person may flag your ad for deletion but you can then just put it on Craigslist again but wait a few days to allow the person to move on. Never respond to these people.
4) If the caller/emailer sounds fishy or anything peculiar about them, the calling number or the email return address, then ignore them. It is not worth pursuing a few dollars and risking yourself or your property. I've done this many times where something did not feel right. Then sometimes I would take the ad down for a week or two.
5) Never meet the buyer somewhere unfamiliar. If you must meet them then choose somewhere completely safe, like your local police department's parking lot. Under no circumstances should you meet in a shopping center parking lot. Never meet a buyer by yourself, have someone with you for safety.
6) Never sell expensive jewelry or smartphones on Craigslist. These are prime target items for thieves. Never sell anything that can be easily palmed, taken or lifted from you (like rare ball cards).
Craigslist can be an excellent way to sell stuff you no longer need but you just need to take a few precautions. Feel free to add any other caveats to this list.
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