In tough economic times, people tend to buy second-hand in order to save money. While you could spend your Saturday morning rushing from yard sale to yard sale, trying to pick up the best items before they’re sold to someone else, a better option might be Craigslist. With Craigslist, you can search local listings of items for sale, contact the sellers via email or phone to haggle over price and pickup time and location, and buy your item without foraging through bins of items at yard sales.
How it works: Head over to http://houston.craigslist.org . Once there, you’ll see category listings of items for sale just as you would in your local newspaper. You can click on a category and browse through listings in that area, or if you’re looking for something specific you can type some search terms in the search box on the left. Either way, you’ll find a list of items for sale sorted by date, with the most recently posted items at the top of the list. The search results page will give you basic information about the items for sale: what the item is, how much the seller wants for it, and where the seller is located. From there, you can click on any item to get more information – usually a more detailed description and sometime pictures of the item.
Once you’ve found something of interest, try contacting the seller. There will either be a link to email the seller, or the seller will provide a phone number in the description of the item.
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