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«INTERVIEW SERIES How I’ve Made Thousands Off Of Craigslist. Without Really Trying Dear Student, I’m Michael Senoff, founder and CEO of ...»

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Michael: Okay.

Clayton: You [inaudible 39:31-39:32] options.

Michael: Another story. This is recent. We’re redoing our kitchen, correct? I’m not an interior designer, and my wife isn’t either. I said, “We need professional help. Let’s see if we can find someone who knows what they’re doing,” and I put an ad on Craigslist last week looking for an interior designer or decorator to help us with our kitchen. I had 10 replies from designers and decorators.

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We asked her what she thought would be fair for her services. She said $10 an hour. We’ve got a designer to help us with all the autocad, with the drawings, with the sketches, with the measurements, with all that, a professional designer working at $10 an hour for us.

Clayton: Wow. I wonder how much you’d have to pay for that if you found one in business?

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Clayton: Would be.

Michael: Another example of getting a professional service at a very reasonable price. Okay, bear with me. I’d gone to a garage sale and I bought a whole box of these window cranks and latches. In some of the windows in my home, they have a crank where you crank it and the window opens up. Do you understand?

Clayton: Yep.

Michael: I bought the whole box for $3. I put them up on Craigslist. I said there must be $200 worth of stuff here, and for someone who’s in the window business, maybe they could have used it. It never sold and I ended up dumping them. I did use one of the cranks for a damaged crank that I had in my home. So I didn’t lose anything on it.

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Here’s an interesting story. I put an ad on Craigslist. Here’s how it reads: Air conditioning help. Detect leak, fix and recharge system. I have a very small leak in my A/C line. I’m in a residential home, only one story. I need you to find the leak in my system, repair the leak, and then once you have done this I need you to recharge the system with R12. Please e-mail me to let me know you can do this and give me an idea of the cost. The home is about 1200 square feet. The system is a Lenox system.

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Clayton: Yeah. Isn’t it like R32 now?

Michael: I think it’s R32. I needed R12. I wanted the thing filled up with R12. I found a guy, an A/C guy who had a tank of the R12 and he came up and filled it up for like $30. So it could blow cold air for the next couple of summers. We weren’t able to really determine the leak. I didn’t hire him for that. I just really kind of wanted a quick fix for it.

Here’s an ad. Before my iPhone, I had a Blackberry Storm. It was a Blackberry Storm 9550, unlocked, T-Mobile, AT&T, $180. Perfect condition Blackberry Storm for sale. Includes battery charger, memory card. Phone is unlocked. Works with T-Mobile, AT&T, and other services.

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Clayton: Okay.

Michael: Let’s see. My Touch, 4G black, comes with – I’m skipping some of these. Wow, I’ve sold a lot of phones. My HTC Evo 4G 512 mg black unlocked smartphone. My God, no. Okay. Forget that. I’m going to erase that last one. That ad was wrong. These are some ads – here’s something.

You need to be careful when you set up your Craigslist account. You need to have a very good password, because there is a lot of fraud on Craigslist as well. What happened with me, someone cracked my Listen to hours of free interviews, case studies and how to consultant training at 38 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 Craigslist account and started listing some Motorola things, some phones. What they’ll do is they’ll hijack your account and they’ll list items that they have stolen, and they will sell the items and have people Paypal them the money and do stuff under your account. So it’s very important to have a very strong user name and password.

Clayton: Okay, good to know.

Michael: Yeah. I’m looking at some listings of ads that my transcriber, when I told her to copy all the ads that I’ve ever done, I was looking at some listings that didn’t make sense, but these are what some of the scammers put on.

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Spray paint is unbelievable. If you can find old items that look really beat up and they’re made out of wood, and just because the paint is bad. It’s unbelievable what you can do with some spray paint. I mean, you can take items and really make them look new again.





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Clayton: Okay.

Michael: Cool little kid’s bike. This is the bike I got my kid to learn how to ride on. Tires are good, nice bell, Bell brand seat, and good little BMX handlebars. I remember paying, when I was teaching my kids how to ride a bike, this was the very first bike they learned. I got this at the Salvation Army. We paid $11. It was a real little bike. So it was really easy to teach them how to ride on this bike.

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Kid’s guitar. Musical instruments, I’m telling you. Kids’ guitars, pianos, if you find old musical instruments like flutes, clarinets, that stuff is very expensive, and those are highly marketable, especially on Craigslist.

Clayton: A lot of these things, a lot of these stories you’ve been telling, have been just from personal experience?

Michael: These are my personal experiences, yeah. These are my stories.

Clayton: If a person wanted to work a little harder in order to earn an income, how would you go about sourcing a lot of things to buy at the right price?

Michael: It just takes manpower. It takes getting on Craigslist and looking through the stuff for sale, and identifying what’s for sale. And kind of sizing up the situation, and negotiating, and doing a little research. I mean, this is stuff I’m doing – these are just incidents that I’ve used. I mean, if I focused on this fulltime, there would be hundreds and hundreds of different transactions. I mean, I’m running a fulltime business. These are just incidental things that I’ve used Craigslist for my personal use, and in an effort to teach my kids how to buy and sell and how to make money.

Here’s another little example. I know we’ve got a little time left.

Clayton: Sure.

Michael: Nice little bike. Tires are great. Everything about this little bike is nice.

Schwinn is a brand you can trust. We were at a thrift store, and we were walking out of a thrift store. I saw a man pull up in his car. He opened his trunk and he was getting ready to unload his trunk of items and just dump them off at the thrift store. A lot of people when they need to get rid of stuff, they go up to the thrift store and they put them on the curb right by the thrift store, and the thrift store will take them and sell them.

Clayton: Yeah.

Listen to hours of free interviews, case studies and how to consultant training at 40 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 Michael: I said, “What do you got there?” and he pulls out a nice little girl’s Schwinn bike. I said, “Hey, are you giving that away? I’ll take that,” and he says, “Sure, you can take it”. So I took it. Took it home. It was in great shape. The tires were fine. I put it up on Craigslist a few days later. My kid kind of liked riding it around because it was like a girl’s BMX bike. Put it up for $40 and I sold it. So that’s something someone gave to me for free, and I asked for it. I said, “If you’re giving this away, I’ll take this. My kid would love to ride this thing”.

Clayton: Yeah.

Michael: This is an unopened very nice – okay, let’s see here. We’ll get one more story and then we’ll call it a day here.

Clayton: All right.

Michael: Let’s see, combined – okay. Here’s a nice little story. I was in my office. I was playing around on Craigslist. I looked for items that were free, and I saw someone giving away a free trampoline, and they were right down the street from me. So I said, “Hey, are you still giving that trampoline away?” She said yes. I went over to the house, and I said, “I want this trampoline”.

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Clayton: Okay.

Michael: So that was another little story. All right. Why don’t we stop here?

Man, we’ve been going two hours. Once we get this edited and you’re listening to it, you’re probably burned out like I am, but each one of these stories has a lesson in it. You know what I’m saying?

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Michael: So if you want, we’re going to do our call with Michael tomorrow, but maybe let’s schedule some more time and finish out these things.

Then we can do the questions and answers, and we’ll have a whole product put together.

Clayton: That’d be great, yeah. I’d like to do that.

Michael: All right, Clayton. I really appreciate you lending your ear for this. I think it’s going to be a good product once it’s all put together for someone who wants to make some money. I’m hoping that people will benefit from these stories. I think they will.

Clayton: I think they will too. I mean, I’m sitting here listening from my perspective in Atlantic, and having to travel to the cities, it sounds like, to really take advantage of this. I’m sure I can use it too.

Michael: I’m sure you can. If you can’t travel, you need to get someone in that area, someone who’s looking to make some extra money part-time, with a truck. You put an ad up in that area, man with a truck who needs to make some – and partner up with them. You need a guy with a truck, and you need a guy with some space. Then you can be the deal-maker and just tell him what to do.

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Clayton: Yep.

Michael: All right?

Clayton: Yep, Michael: All right, Clayton. I’ll let you get back to work, and then we’ll be talking tomorrow with Michael. It should be interesting and fun. I’ll get back with you with your answers that you had submitted to me about Whole Brain Power, okay?

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Michael: I’ve sent him – I’m going to be the moderator, so don’t worry. I’ll take care of it. He may want to start talking to you first a little bit, and then I want to explain to him that we want to get through these questions.

Clayton: Okay.

Michael: How long – do we have two hours tomorrow, or just one hour?

Clayton: Yeah.

Michael: We’ve got two?

Clayton: Probably an hour and a half would be best, if we can.

Michael: Okay.

Clayton: It’s no – yeah. Let’s shoot for an hour for an a half, if that works out.

Michael: All right, let’s do that. I will tell him we have an hour and a half, and we want to get through the questions and offer you some support from him.

Clayton: Sure. Now, I noticed that I was to give a call to a conference number?

Michael: No.

Clayton: The reason I’m wondering. Well, first off, how does a cellphone come to you on your end?

Michael: Yeah, you sound pretty good, yeah. Just make sure you’re charged up. I can – yeah. Let me – you don’t want to spend the money on the.

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Clayton: See, it’s a company cellphone.

Michael: Yeah.

Clayton: So incoming calls are free, and so I could go home and make the call, but then that’d be an extra [inaudible 56:35-56:36] for work-wise.

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Clayton: All right, and then a little more time that way, and I’ll make sure I’m charged up.

Michael: Okay, you got it. I’ll talk to you then. Bye-bye.

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