Getting Rid of Stuff on Craigslist

I’m not one to spend much on myself but over the last few years, I made a few guilty pleasure purchases in the department of unnecessary toys. Specifically, I bought 18 Nintendo amiibos. If you don’t know what these are, you can check out this Wikipedia page, or you can take my word that they’re useless (and cost $12 each).

I also discovered that I no longer used my once coveted Xiaomi Mi Pad, a gift from overseas that sported a 64 GB internal hard drive and 2GB of RAM. Despite its blatant attempt to copy the Apple iPad, the Mi Pad is a pretty reliable Android tablet* that I used extensively to play Supercell’s Clash of Clans, Boom Beach and the more recent Clash Royale. Once I permanently stopped playing those games, the tablet began collecting dust on my TV stand.

So I decided it was time to part ways. To start, I did a quick search on Craigslist, eBay and Amazon for used listings of my stuff. To my surprise, several of my amiibos were selling at a premium thanks to the recent shortage of supply.** And the Mi Pad was selling for about $225 new on eBay. With this info, I went ahead and created a few listings on Craigslist to sell my unopened amiibos at $20 each and my used Mi Pad at $150.

The Mi Pad successfully sold after two days. The amiibos, on the other hand, didn’t receive any interest, so I’ve adjusted the prices down to $18. All in all, I’m surprised at how easy it is to sell on Craigslist and love that it automatically anonymizes my email when I respond to inquiries. With $150 more in my wallet after just a couple days, I’m excited to get rid of more stuff that I never use – a portable induction burner, an HP LaserJet printer and a Wacom Intuos4 graphics tablet. I’m even more excited to get rid of stuff that I probably shouldn’t use – a Nintendo 3DS XL, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii U and all associated video games.

If successful, selling off all this stuff could bring in a few hundred to a thousand extra dollars for my investing. And given that the market is starting to slide a bit from its recent highs, now is a great time to have some cash ready to pick up discounted index funds.

*If you’re interested, check out the even more impressive Mi Pad 2.

**Particularly rare amiibos have been known to sell at an up to 200% premium by scalpers on eBay.




20 thoughts on “Getting Rid of Stuff on Craigslist

  1. Good luck with selling your items! I should start again… t=he last attempt resulted in 0 items sold… oops… I now aim at a street fair in our town end of summer

    1. Thanks and good luck to you too! I keep finding more and more things to sell. There’s so much that I bet I could make $50 just by selling them all at $1 each….

  2. I needed to read this! I have a lot of stuff that I’ve been meaning to get rid of, but just haven’t gotten around to actually trying to sell them. Definitely going to start this weekend!

  3. Nice post! I too sell a ton of stuff on Craigslist. Your new site is coming along very nicely and I’m enjoying your posts. Keep up the good work!

    1. Thanks! It’s great to hear feedback from the community. It was a slightly rough transition to self-hosting at first, but well worth it.

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