How to Sell Toys on Craigslist in an Effective Way


A lot f parents post their kid's unwanted toys on Craigslist to clear the house and at the same time make a little money. Follow these simple steps to make sure your ad stands out from the rest and your house will be toy-free, well, almost toy-free, in no time. The steps below assumes you already have a Craigslist account and a Photobucket account. You also must know the basic steps in posting an ad on Craigslist.

Things You'll Need

  • Craigslist Account
  • Photobucket Account
  • Make an effective title for your post. If you are selling only one or 2 toys make sure you include the brand and what kind of toy it is. For example, "Little Tikes Go N Grow Tricycle" is a good title. If you are selling more than 2 then a generalized title will suffice, like "Kid's toys for sale in excellent condition".

  • If you want to include a price in your title, place it on the separate box for price. If you are selling a bunch of toys, put the lowest price to attract parents to click on your post.

  • List the names and brands of your toys in your main post. Brand name is very important. Fisher Price, Leapfrog, , Playskool are names that immediately gets interest with parents as they are associated with safety and quality, so don't leave out those brand names.

  • Make sure your pricing is right. Don't price your used toys like they're new. Check Ebay to get a good idea on how much to price your used toys.

  • If it's not clear how the toys function then add a short description to it. For example, "Playskool Airport - comes with 5 toys - makes sounds, toys rotate or move when a button is pushed." Don't make it too long, parents don't have time to read about all the bells and whistles. Provide a link to a manufacturer's website if you think they need to know more about the toy.

  • Inform buyers of additional information that will help them decide to buy your toys instead of the others. Example, if you have the original box and instruction manual do include this in the post. If the toy has only been used a couple of times and is still in "like new" condition, make them aware of this by adding this information in the post.

  • Include the very important phrase "We are a pet-free and smoke-free home". Families with small children are wary of pet hair or smoke smells for fear of diseases, allergies or second-hand smoke. If your home doesn't have pets or smokers, make sure you attach this phrase to make your toys more appealing.

  • Also include "Cleaned and sanitized" in your post, especially toys for babies that may eventually get in their mouths. This shows them that you care for the next family who will own the toys. Make sure you do get the toys cleaned and sanitized!

  • Put a big, clear photo in your post. The single best strategy to sell your toy is to add a picture. Craigslist has an "add/edit images" feature that uploads your pictures directly from your computer but the pictures come out too small. To best show-off your toys, put the photos in Photobucket instead (or any photo sharing sites that provide html codes). Then copy and paste the html codes inside your main post. You will see the difference and so will buyers.

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