Some of the best items I've acquired have been through online auctions or selling sites. There was the Dewalt table saw and Toro snow blower we purchased last year from a woman we found on Craigslist. Normally, that table saw would have cost us $500, but hardly used and sitting in the garage, we nabbed it for $150! Same story with the snow blower; retail pricing was about $750, we were able to purchase it for $250. This experience takes place hundreds of thousands of times a day on auction and listing sites like Amazon, eBay and Craigslist. Let's take a look at how they do business...
Craigslist: By far the most well known free site for listing items, jobs, cars, trucks, etc... Craigslist is your virtual yard sale. You can communicate with the seller or buyer through email and negotiate terms of the purchase. With over 50 million listings per day, there's always new listings and items. Willing to travel a bit? Expand your search outside your immediate area.
eBay: Yes - they still exist. In fact, they have over 100 million items listed at any given time on the site. eBay is still Buying and Selling is much safer now than it was just a few years ago. From vintage vehicles and motorcycles, to hard to find parts and machines, eBay offers you everything at the click of your mouse.
Amazon - Amazon Marketplace offers millions of new and used items offered by a huge selection of sellers. Purchase the product you want and choose the seller with the best price, shipping rate, and service.
So, no matter what items you are looking to sell or buy, chances are the Internet can be a great marketplace.
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Bob Johnson is the Manager of Information and Technology Services at the Emma S. Clark Memorial Library.