Happy Friday, y’all! You ready to make that cash today? You still rockin’ The Craigslist Rule with me?
I’m excited to say I’ve sold my very first item from our house this week (I went w/ the backpack) and now the proud owner of a whopping $12 bucks! Haha… Watch out everybody, I’m stealing all your monies!
As sexy as all that may sound, however, the journey to get my hands on these dolla dollas was anything but quick. And only proves that true hustlers do what it takes to bring home the bacon despite the obstacles in our way… Either that, or I’m a complete idiot. But I’ll let you decide for yourself ;)
Here’s how our first Craigslist sale went down
- I list my (almost) brand new Hurley backpack for sale @ $20 (50% less than retail)
- I sit and wait for all the offers to come in, hoping to sell by the end of that same day
- The next day I’m still sitting there waiting…
- And the next day too
- And the next day…
- So I drop the price down to $15 thinking for SURE the people would start lining up
- And I wait another day
- And another day
- And another day…
- Until – BAM! An offer comes in! For a cool $10.00! (Wha wha…)
- I tell them I’m in no rush to sell, but if they can meet me in the middle at $12 (I should have said $13 really) I’d gladly let them have it.
- They said “YES!” (damn, should have gone with $14!) and kindly ask to meet 40 minutes away
- 40 minutes?? For a $12 backpack? Do you know how much FrankenCaddy drinks?
- I ask to meet in the middle, halfway hoping he says no and we can just forget it (but it’s my only offer on the table!), and he agrees, setting up the meeting spot at a restaurant
Now at this point I’m thinking “Is this REALLY the best use of my time?” (No). “Is it really worth the hassle for just $12??” (No). “Why is my wife starring at me and shaking her head like that?”
I hum and haw for a little bit, and eventually just say “F*ck it” and go grab my keys. A deal is a deal and I’ve already given him my word on it, plus I enjoy a little driving anyways and I REALLY want to get that new Challenge Account growing as fast as I can. So what if it’s not the ideal situation to get some money? $12 will be like $12 million in 200 years compounded at 87% daily, right? RIGHT??? ;)
I jump in my car and go…
I start blaring some Vampire Weekend and realize just how beautiful it is outside, and how normally at this time I’d just be behind a computer screen talking to my imaginary friends. (Okay, well you guys aren’t imaginary, but you’re definitely electronic). I ponder about how nice it is to be alive and what wonderful little boys I have, and then I start thinking about how I’m going to be able to blog about this to y’all without coming off as a complete ass-hat.
Who spends an hour and gallons of gas for a measly $12.00??? In the middle of the work day?
I arrive at our meeting place, circle the parking lot a half a dozen times to find a spot, spill coffee down my shirt (turns out Frankcaddy’s cup holders are now the latest casualties) and immediately start doubting my decision… This guy better be on time and not bring me a check!
I finally find a spot, pull in, and give the obligatory head nod once the buyer and I lock eyes to notify each other that we’re “the ones.” We roll up, exchange pleasantries, and 30 seconds later I’m smiling ear to ear and 100,000% glad I made the trek.
Why? Because he told me this:
“My kid is going to be thrilled! He’s been talking about this backpack for weeks now and got so excited when he saw it on Craigslist!”
Turns out his 7 y/o is a new Hurley fan and was over the moon to find out he could have such an expensive, name-brand, backpack for literally just a handful of dollars. And as a big Hurley fan myself (two of my new shirts I picked up in Operation New Wardrobe the other day were Hurley) this kid totally resonated with me. It’s a damn good brand and should be worn by those who appreciate it!
I couldn’t stop smiling. This backpack was going to make that kid’s day/month/year and all I could think about was the damn ROI on my time It may have not been the best financial decision ever, but in that moment of hearing his dad’s excitement for his kid, I’m reminded that there’s more to life than just money. It’s called “joy,” and I was glad to be a part of it that day :)
So – good decision or bad decision? Would have done it?
PS: A day later when I went to take down the Craigslist ad I saw two other similar backpacks go up for sale. One at $30 which was decent, and another at $15 which looked like someone got drunk and crapped out rainbows. No joke, it was a hot mess. So me thinks this kid got a helluva steal for only $12!
Jay loves talking about money, collecting coins, blasting hip-hop, and hanging out with his three beautiful boys. You can check out all of his online projects at jmoney.biz. Thanks for reading the blog!