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I'm getting ready to try and sell a Release Marine Fighting Chair and a Triangle HD 140 Line Winder among other things. Which of these sites would be the better choice? I don't have experience with this.

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Ebay charges a fee and Craig's doesn't.......... Try this site and Craig's first........
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imho avoid ebay as long as you can. Try selling it as has been mentioned through this site or craigslist. eBay fees are a bit steep imo and can be very cumbersome to deal with.
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Craig’s list is not secure; you do not know whom you are selling to. Most people I know that sell on Craig’s lists do not allow people to come to their homes. Too many scammers…
Why don’t you post your items on THT Trading Dock?
Items appear to sell quickly.
EBay is costly up to 10% if you use PayPal, but buyers and sellers are tracked, which adds some level of security. I have sold hundreds of items over the past 6 years and never had a problem.

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I tried to sell some stuff on Craigs list and had so many scammers contact me it was horrible.
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I've sold on both for years.

Scammers on both. You have to use caution.

I make my decision based on the availablilty of shipping the item that I want to sell.

If it is a large item that will be very expensive (or a PITA) to ship, I put it on Craigslist at a fair price (no auction). I NEVER meet folks at my house. I will meet them at a local shopping center or other public place. I always insist on cash.

If it is a small item or one that might go for big bucks, then I use eBay. With the auction process, you often-times get VERY lucky!

I have a 100% rep with over 400 transactions.

Good luck!
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ABoater gave you my answer exactly. With your fighting chair, for example, which is going to be a biatch to crate or package and ship, I would try this site and CraigsList first. On Craigs, just say local area only, or within 50 miles or whatever you are willing to deliver.
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I've sold quite a few things on craiglist. Make sure you don't give your number out. I communicated through email until satisfied and got the other person's number. Also meet at a public place and make sure its at your convenience so if it doesn't pan out you don't lose anything.
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I too would recommend Craigslist. The bottom line is they do not charge fees.

Never give out your home address. If you get an interested buyer arrange to meet in the parking lot of a store to exchange item/product. I've done it many times.
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well now if I figure out how to get these pictures resized, I'll try THT first. Any hints on this procedure?

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For the pics that I post here, I just right click on the pic and use the MS Paint option then resize it. I don't know what they start out as, but I just drop them to 25%.

THT accepts them that size (whatever it is).

Good luck!
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I bought a part of my roof rack on Craigs list. As others have said, you need to be careful on both. The seller had his cellphone number posted so I called and we agreed to meet at a CVS. He gave me the racks, I gave him the cash and everything was good.

As far as which is better..Craigslist is great if it is a local sale and you don't have to deal with shipping it. Ebay, as others have said, will cost more but more people may see your post. I think I would try posting it on Craiglists and give it a little while. If no bites, try Ebay.

Also, you may want to try your local newspaper. I believe the newspaper in my area has free listenings for items under $75 or $100. May be worth a shot.
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I'm getting ready to try and sell a Release Marine Fighting Chair and a Triangle HD 140 Line Winder among other things. Which of these sites would be the better choice? I don't have experience with this.

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I would advertise the fishing and boating stuff right where on good old THT!

I have had good luck both buying and selling fly fishing rods and reels on Ebay. My one experience with Craigslist was also positive.

I might be interested in that line winder depending on how much you want for it.
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Can you PM me the details of the line winder?
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you will get way more money on E-Bay.
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Originally Posted by tommyr904 View Post
you will get way more money on E-Bay.
thats bullshit
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I wouldn't say that's "bullshit," but I would say "that depends." I think something that is a collector's item or that has a limited audience that wants it, but will pay well for it, then no doubt (in my mind) that eBay will likely bring more $. Cheaper stuff, espcecially cheaper stuff that a bunch of people will be interested in, I'd say you can do just about as well on CL, especially when you factor in your time, eBay's fees, etc.

The CL you use can make a big difference too. Size of the audience. CL in Bay Area, NYC, Miami, LA, etc., huge numbers looking. Des Moines not quite the same, whereas eBay delivers those millions of lookers every hour of every day. (Well, millions on eBay, "potential lookers" at your item.)
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If listing on craigs list, set yourself up another online email address, and set it to foward to your actual email address. This way you can turn off the fowarding when the item sells, and not be exposed to all of the spam that comes along with your email address being public.
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I listed my boat on Craigslist and didn't get a response. It is a pain to have to update/re-post every couple of days.

It is now on Ebay, I have 8 people watching the auction which ends tomorrow evening. The fee is $125 plus a few bucks for extra pictures. You only pay the fee if the auction is successful. Paypal has it's own fees, but I would only accept a deposit via Paypal, with the balance in a certified check, cash or bank wire, to be confirmed by my bank prior to releasing title.
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Originally Posted by Sprockets View Post
I listed my boat on Craigslist and didn't get a response. It is a pain to have to update/re-post every couple of days.

It is now on Ebay, I have 8 people watching the auction which ends tomorrow evening. The fee is $125 plus a few bucks for extra pictures. You only pay the fee if the auction is successful. Paypal has it's own fees, but I would only accept a deposit via Paypal, with the balance in a certified check, cash or bank wire, to be confirmed by my bank prior to releasing title.
Different strokes, I guess. I sold a 30' Chaparral on craigslist yesterday. Over 10 people contacted my about the ad (I happen to put my e-mail addy and my phone number in the ads). I tried a eBay Local ad on the boat and got Zero responses.

With the expense of shipping a fighting chair, use THT and craigslist. The line winder could go on eBay, THT and craigslist.

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