«INTERVIEW SERIES How I’ve Made Thousands Off Of Craigslist. Without Really Trying Dear Student, I’m Michael Senoff, founder and CEO of ...»
It’s like gets overloaded and just shuts off. Now, I don’t want to get rid of the TV because it’s got a beautiful cabinet and we’ve got stuff on top of it, and it’s still HD ready and I’d like to keep it rather than get rid of it.
So I wanted to see if I could find someone to help diagnose the problem.
I put the ad up. What happened is, if you do this for any problem you’re having, you can put an ad up that says: Help diagnosing problem with my TV, or help, problem with my air conditioning, and I’ve got a specific story that will demonstrate this in more detail. With this TV I had several people reply. They were unemployed. They used to be TV repairmen, and I was able to make contact with them and talk to them. He told me exactly what the problem was.
He knew that this particular model, that the motherboards went bad.
He told me that to replace a motherboard is going to be $250. He said it’s probably not worth it. So I was able to get the information that I needed for free without ever having to pay someone to come out, to open up the back of my TV, to tell me the same thing.
What I’m saying is, there are experts on Craigslist, technicians, mechanics, who are willing to help diagnose a problem if you just ask for it on Craigslist.
I went ahead and bought my parts already at the Creighton Auto Parts, so I had the parts. I needed someone to come out to do the job within $2 or $3. I was going to pay them $80 cash for the job. I got one of the best, smartest mechanics I’ve ever found. This guy called me. His Listen to hours of free interviews, case studies and how to consultant training at 21 http://www.myfirsthmaclient.com For more interviews on marketing consulting go to http://www.HardToFindSeminars.com © MMXII JS&M Sales & Marketing, Inc. San Diego California -Tel. 858-274-7851
Clayton: Do you remember when you were talking with him what impressed you especially about him that you thought he was qualified?
Michael: Yeah. I knew he was qualified because he told me his story. He told me his father owned a particular shop down in Pacific Beach for over 30 years. He worked with his dad. I could just tell. See, you just also have to go with your gut feeling. You can just tell. I didn’t have him meet me at the home. I have an office that’s close to my home, and this is something that I saw in the questions. How do you protect yourself?
You also have to engage them and get some correspondence going, either by e-mail or get their phone number, get their name. Have some information. You do need to be careful. You also just have to use your Listen to hours of free interviews, case studies and how to consultant training at 22 http://www.myfirsthmaclient.com For more interviews on marketing consulting go to http://www.HardToFindSeminars.com © MMXII JS&M Sales & Marketing, Inc. San Diego California -Tel. 858-274-7851 commonsense. I don’t believe everyone out there is a psycho and a serial killer. I believe most people are pretty legit, pretty honest, and pretty straight-forward people. They have skills and they’re willing to trade their skills for your money. That’s something to consider.
All right, we got to move on. Here’s one called Gibson Electric Black Guitar. Gibson electric guitar, black. I [inaudible 06:32-06:33] with the kids on Saturday. We went to a garage sale. There was a black Gibson electric guitar, and I didn’t know anything about these Gibson guitars.
I’ve heard the name Gibson; it’s a famous guitar name. The guy, I think he wanted $60. I ended up buying the guitar for $30. I brought it home, and it was kind of cool, and I did some research on it. There’s some Gibson guitars going for $500 and $600 and $700. I did learn that this was one of the cheaper guitars, and I put the guitar up for $80.
I had a lot of attention on the Gibson guitar because the people who were guitar players wanted to know, was this a real Gibson, and it wasn’t a real Gibson. They wanted to find out, was it a cheap Gibson or an expensive one, because some Gibson guitars are probably worth thousands of dollars. I just didn’t know much about them.
I bought it. I thought it may be a rare, expensive guitar, but I learned quickly that it wasn’t. I put it up for $80. I did have a guy, he liked it.
He was just learning guitar, he wanted it. He already had an amplifier, and he came and he gave me $80 for the guitar. So I made $50 on that, and that was just real quick. That didn’t take long at all.
Orthopedic physical therapy expert wanted. You know I injured my rotator cuff on my shoulder. I was struggling with it. I was having trouble sleeping. I had been to my doctor a couple of times, and I was looking, well maybe there’s someone out there in orthopedics who is a physical therapist, who really knew some of the exercises that you could be doing for your rotator cuff, for your shoulder.
I put the ad, looking for someone who has some experience with physical therapy for a shoulder injury. I have a partial tear in my rotator cuff and would like to see if I can avoid surgery. Need to talk by phone and ask about best exercises to do. Maybe consult in person.
Willing to pay for expertise, $30 an hour for one-on-one work. Get back to me and let me know something about you. I’m a 46 year old male and I have partial tear in my rotator cuff. Would like to see if I can avoid surgery.
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Master auto mechanic wanted. There’s another example of how I wanted to use a mechanic. I was interested in buying a new used car.
Remember the ad when I was trying to fix my Pontiac, my 2000 Pontiac? Well, I hate the car. I really wanted to fix it and sell it, and buy something new.
So I kind of had the fever to buy a new car. I was looking for a Dodge Charger. I put the ad up. I had found a Dodge Charger, a used one, that I was interested in possibly purchasing. I put this ad up. Master auto mechanic wanted. I want to go look at two used 2010 Dodge Charger cars and I don’t want to be ripped off. All of these dealers are a bunch of liars. I need you to help me look at the car to determine if the car is in good condition, good shape. I need you to test drive it.
No frame damage, no new over-paint, that the car has not been in a wreck. I would need you for 45 minutes. I will pay you $30 for your time. Please tell me something about yourself so I know you’ve got the eye and I know you know what to look for. E-mail me back and I’ll get back to you. Want to do this about 11:00 on Thursday or Friday.
I had a lot of people respond to me, who were willing. They were willing to meet me at the location, at the used car lot, and to go look at these Dodge Chargers. I didn’t end up doing it, but the point is, I did have people who were ready to help me. So another great use for Craigslist, to hire out some expertise at a reasonable price. I mean, for $30 to prevent from getting ripped off on a $10,000 car, that’s a good investment.
Here’s a quick little sale I had in a blender that many years ago I purchased on Craigslist for $39. It was a Kitchenaid. We were cleaning out some of the stuff in the kitchen. I put it up on Craigslist.
Extra blender, Kitchenaid. Very powerful motor. You’ll have lots of margaritas in this baby. Call Mike. All parts are here. No box. Glass has no cracks. It works great. Don’t pay retail for a blender. I have more photos I can send you if you want. Come and pick it up.
I had a guy who responded. He said he loved the ad, especially the part about having lots of margaritas, because that gentleman was having margaritas that night for a party. He came by my work and Listen to hours of free interviews, case studies and how to consultant training at 24 http://www.myfirsthmaclient.com For more interviews on marketing consulting go to http://www.HardToFindSeminars.com © MMXII JS&M Sales & Marketing, Inc. San Diego California -Tel. 858-274-7851
Appliances like that are great little moneymakers. If you can pick them up at garage sales and it’s in a decent condition, you can resell that stuff. Here’s an ad, good project bike. Tires good. All parts good.
Haro frame, Mongoose forks, Bearclaw pedals and more. Racing seat.
He wanted this bike so bad because there was a part, I forgot what it’s called, but it’s the round part that the chain goes on where the pedals are. He was building a custom bike for somebody and he wanted this sprocket, or this thing that held the chain. I forgot what it’s called. I met with him, and I think I wanted $60 at that time.
I had relisted the bike several times. Ended up I didn’t sell it to him. I realized that the bike was more valuable than I had it listed, and I still have the bike. I ‘m just going to keep it for my kids as they get a little bit bigger and older, but that’s another example. Pick up an old bike.
If it’s got a flat tire, go get a used tube and fix it. You can fix it up, clean it up, and resell it. I mean, there’s people always looking for bikes. I’ve sold a lot of bikes on Craigslist, and we’ll talk about some of these.
Casio keyboard piano, model LK, 100-key lighting system, $60. When my kids started to learn piano, I didn’t want to invest in a real piano.
So I bought on Craigslist this Casio keyboard. I remember paying $60.
We had used it for probably three years, and we progressed to a keyboard, a larger piano, a nicer piano with more keys, and it was time to sell the Casio.
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Clayton: No I don’t, but I know the differences when vendors come out to do various types of appliance checks or upgrades and things, that it’s quite expensive.
Michael: It is expensive. So I find my filters on eBay. I find filters that need to
be changed very inexpensively. I buy those, and so I put the ad out:
Change out membrane on water filter unit. This is an under-the-sink unit. I have the new membrane. Call Mike. I had a guy come out. He had done filter work before. For $20 he did the job. I honestly didn’t know how to do it, so I needed an expert to do it.
Okay, here’s a great story. I was listening to a radio station called 103 and in the morning they were doing a contest. Duran Duran, the rockand-roll band, was coming to play in San Diego. If you’re like the 3rd caller, or 10th caller, or 22nd caller, you can play this game called Hollywood Squares. It’s a little trivia game that you play on the air.
I picked up my free tickets at the radio station a couple of days later.
We couldn’t go to the concert, or I didn’t want to go to the concert, and I listed the ad up on Craigslist: Duran Duran Neon Tree tickets, $90.
Two general admission tickets, 21 and over, at Harris Ring Con Casino in Valley Center October 1 at 8:00 p.m. I said I am not a ticket scalper or in the ticket business. I won these on the radio and can’t go. I have Listen to hours of free interviews, case studies and how to consultant training at 26 http://www.myfirsthmaclient.com For more interviews on marketing consulting go to http://www.HardToFindSeminars.com © MMXII JS&M Sales & Marketing, Inc. San Diego California -Tel. 858-274-7851 the tickets in my possession and can verify they are good, $90 for both. I took images of the actual tickets, and I had a guy who wanted to take his girlfriend to Duran Duran. He came and gave me $90.
I went to a garage sale with the kids and I bought a neon sign. It was a Budweiser neon sign. I researched it online, and it is pretty rare. It’s in great condition. I’m looking at it right here because I have it on my desk. It says Budweiser. When you pull the string once Budweiser lights up in blue, and then in neon it says “Open” underneath it. If you pull it twice, the Open light will light up solid. If you pull it again, the Open light will flash.
I’ve researched it. It’s pretty rare. They don’t go for a ton of money. I think I paid about $40 for it, and I’ve been trying to make a nice profit on it. I’ve got it listed up at $250. I’ve had no buyers. I’ve obviously got it priced way too high. I’m not in a rush to sell it. I’m going to keep it up there, and I’m sure the right buyer will eventually come along, and I may lower the price.
So if you have stuff and you kind of like it and you don’t really want to get rid of it, but you wouldn’t mind making a good profit on it, just keep relisting the item. Every time you relist the item, you don’t have to reload your pictures. Craigslist will hold onto the original images. So it’s very quick to relist an item.