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I absolutely love buying and selling things online. It’s a good way to make some money getting rid of things you don’t really need. I have bought and sold everything from vehicles to phones to clothes and horse tack. Ok the horse tack is what my kid purchased not me. Anyway there are some tricks to bargaining that will help you get the best price and scoop up the best deals.

Posting ads

1. Mark the price up ten to twenty percent higher than you think the item is worth.

2. Never accept an offer below your first price in the first week. Some people will offer you a super low price right after posting the ad because you might be looking to get rid of the item ASAP.

3. After a week or so drop your price and accept lower offers. Unless you have a lot of patience. If you wait it out somebody might come along and buy your item. But then again maybe not.

4. Delete your ad after you sell. It’s annoying replying to an ad for an item that has already been sold.

5. Always post an asking price. If you don’t people will send you ridiculous low-ball offers. You won’t get what you want.

6. Always post a photo. Ads with photos get way more hits.

Shopping for stuff

1. Offer about ten to twenty percent off the asking price. Everybody on kijiji does this. That’s why you post it higher than you think the item is worth. This is especially true if the ad has been up for a few weeks. They may have low interest in their item and they may really want the item gone and will take a lower offer.

2. Always respond to ads without photos. Everyone ignores those ads because they are risky but often those are the best items.

3. Use the watch list. If you are sending a lot of email it can be hard to keep track of who you have been in contact with.

General tips

1. Remember that an item is worth exactly as much as someone is willing to pay for it. Compare the prices posted of similar items to determine what you should pay.

2. You buy as is. If it breaks you’re out of luck. No refunds no guarantees.

3. Be careful. It’s a good idea to meet at someone’s house. It shows they have nothing to hide.

4. If its too good to be true be aware. It could be stolen. Let me know if I missed anything. I think that about covers it. Happy shopping!

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