The Power of Craigslist

We use Craigslist as a marketing tool for our listings, but it's also a great resource for buying all kinds of things for your new home, or to stage your home when it's for sale. Or, if you ever need an "Awesome Bubble Column" you can find one of those, too. 
 
 
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Other great (and inexpensive) items you can find are appliances. Here are some tips for you when purchases appliances from sellers on the site: 
  
By Amy Miraflor
 
1. Always ask for model numbers AND serial numbers. I would suggest asking for a picture of it. I didn't realize this, but you can call GE {or any brand} and ask for info on the exact product. They will tell you when it was produced and possibly even sold. They can also tell you if there are any recalls on the item that might cause it not to work properly. Here's what you are looking for:
 
 
2. Google the model and serial number and make sure the prices you find online are current before you buy. If the same item is going for what you are about to pay for it, it probably isn't worth it. 
 
3. If you can't plug the appliance in to see if it works, then don't buy it. That is unless you know the person and feel comfortable with the transaction and/or its worth the amount of money you might lose if it doesn't work.
 
4. Ask for the owners manual. If they don't have it, think twice about buying it, or at least ask for a discount.
 
5. If anything is cracked or broken. Ask for at least $50 off. Most parts for appliances will run pretty close to that. 
 
6. Remember that if you have to call the repairman, in most cases its $99 right off the bat. Keep that in mind when purchasing.
 
7. Make sure you see the appliance during the daylight. Trying to look at an appliance at night will really cause you to over look small details.
 
8. Buy local. Or add in the cost of gas to the price and make sure it's worth it.
 
And don't forget to clean your appliance. You'll want to factor that into your cost. For the dishwasher, its pretty cheap. I found this when we moved from Stockton and its AWESOME! Makes everything feel so clean. You can purchase it HERE or at Target, like me. :) It's around $5.00.
 
To read more from Amy on her blog, CLICK HERE
 
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