When you’re in need of a microwave, rocking chair or tennis racket, is your first instinct to head to the mall? You may be surprised to learn that you can actually use the Internet to find these types of items for cheap — or even free!
Sites like Craigslist, eBay and local exchange sites are increasingly being use to unload items people no longer need. Users may be moving or remodeling, want to avoid the hassle of selling, or be looking for a green way to recycle items they don’t need any more. Here are a few tips to score big and avoid pitfalls:
- Take your time. If you don’t need an item right away, keep searching until you find the right one.
- Don’t feel obligated. Often users will post items at flattering angles or omit details. Don’t take an item that you’ll just end up getting rid of yourself.
- Stay safe. Never go alone to pick up an item. Try to meet in a neutral public place like a coffee shop.