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Remember selling things before Craigslist?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by othefool, Jan 8, 2014.

  1. othefool


    Feb 25, 2004
    Chico, CA
    I was just looking over my profile and editing my previously owned gear. Much of it I can't remember what happened to. Traded for GAS, apparently. But it did bring to mind the craziness of selling gear before Craigslist (and TB) came to town.

    I remember that if I wanted to place an ad in the local alternative weekly (or the newspaper), it would cost a ridiculous amount, like $40 for two weeks (and if it didn't sell, another $20 or so every two weeks to continue it).

    This really cut into the profits of a 20-something selling bass gear in the $200 range.

    Another option was cosigning it at a music store. They took a third! You get four bones for your $600 bass.

    Trading it in was (and still is) even worse, 50%? Not that this ever stopped me.

    You could also place "for sale" ads on bulletin boards. I don't remember having any success from doing this.

    So, I guess my point is: while I am sorry that craigslist helped kill the newspaper business, now is an amazing time to buy, sell and trade bass gear.

    GAS, the cause and the solution to all of life's problems. Also, beer.
  2. JohnMCA72


    Feb 4, 2009
    Back in the mid-to-late 70s, I actually made a decent living off the want ads, daily & Sunday major metro newspaper. Those want ad sections (that's right, multiple sections!) were bigger on Sunday than a whole newspaper is today! Of course, I could live a lot leaner in my 20s than I can now.

    Sometimes I'd buy a whole PA system just to get a component or 2. The remainder got resold piecemeal for a nice profit, or maybe wrapped up with some other surplus components into a new system for a quick cash inflow.

    Sometimes I'd see an ad with somebody wanting to sell something, then another ad just a few inches down with somebody else wanting to buy the same thing! I could make $50 for a trip across town, to buy something & immediately resell it to somebody else.

    $50 was big money to a 20-something guy in the 70s! I don't know how many times I was sitting with no cash a day or so before rent was due, when all of a sudden a deal popped up & saved my butt! I couldn't live like that now. I also learned a heck of a lot about economics & developed my "Money is like water" economic theory.
  3. klejst


    Oct 5, 2010
    Used to either sell on my parents garage sale, sell to friends or people friends knew or sold to the music stores for money or credit...that was really all I could remember doing before the online market place/classifieds took off on the Internet.
  4. Ive always been an ebay guy myself. I might give TB a shot in the near future though. I was never able to sell anything on craigs lists. Anytime I posted an add all i got was people trying to pull western union scams