How to Use Craigslist Better with GMail and Google Voice

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So, tonight I was on a quest to liquidate some furniture from my house. It’s mostly inexpensive stuff from +IKEA that I have accumulated over the years and will no longer have room for in my new apartment.

In order to quickly get rid of it, I decided to post it on Craigslist for FREE! Yes, that magic four-letter word. But, I wouldn’t dare do that without a strategy.

I posted several things simultaneously on Craigslist, the furniture I wanted to give away as well as several items I wanted some cash for. I created a template for an e-mail linking to the other items I had for sale. On the free listing, I included my Google voice number (which I have tied to my +Android. Within minutes, I had dozens of phone calls, texts and e-mails.

I awarded the furniture to the first to inquire and agree to visit, but I also quickly replied to everyone else with instructions on how to find the other items I had for sale. With this approach, I am able to keep track of contact info of who called, in what order and also efficiently reply while marketing my other items for sale. It was literally a win/win/win situation.

It is amazing how +Google products can help with the simplest of things…

Use Google Voice and GMail to Make Selling Craigslist Easier

Use Google Voice and GMail to Make Selling Craigslist Easier

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  • Sharon

    Well, I was one of those who responded to your Craigslis ad and decided to read your bloI’m glad I did. You really are rather brilliant Peter…….perhaps a millionaire in the making. I won’t claim to understand everything I’m reading in your posts but certainly you have piqued my interest as I’m a gadget girl but also have a need to make a part-time income working from home. So, if you have any leads on “legitimate” opportunties, please contact me (and thanks to Google+ you can do it quickly and effectively). Thanks for the midnight snack of info galore :D

  • Belinda Blok

    Thanks Peter! Coincidentally, I’m moving this weekend and since it’s a downsize, need to get rid of washer/dryer, refrigerator, etc. Could have used more details on how-to (I can be dense sometimes), but I’ll go give it a try! :)

  • Marcos

    If you’re posting to craigslist, you can also use Google Voice’s “Call Me” widget to stay completely anonymous on Craigslist.

    Here’s a video showing how: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQeRwFVnq0I