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Finding Free Scrap on Craigslist

Move Fast, and Move Differently to Succeed on Competitive Craigslist

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Craigslist is one option for scrap collectors looking for scrap, including metal objects, scrap electronics, and more. Craigslist is of course is the network of online sites offering free online classified advertisements. After having been started in San Francisco in 1995, it began expanding to other U.S. cities in 2000. Today it is found in 700 cities in 70 countries, generating over 20 billion page views per month. It is used by 50 million Americans, and is the world’s 7th largest website in terms of English language page views.

As such, Craigslist is an enormous online classified site that, thanks in large part to the free ad posting service, can help match buyers and sellers of merchandise, including low cost or free items. It serves to address one of the challenges for recycling in general, and and especially for electronics recycling, in helping alleviate the stockpiling of obsolete scrap in residences. Craigslist is very easy to navigate. For the scrap collector, Craigslist can be used to post a willingness to pick up scrap, as well as to find people looking to dispose of items. A quick look at my local Craigslist site this morning revealed that there is substantial competition among individuals willing to remove unwanted scrap, especially appliances, vehicles and other large metal objects. Some scrap collectors target interest in specific items, such as brass bed frames, lamps, or electronics.

Craigslist is also a convenient way for people to signal that they have scrap items they are looking to get rid of, such as old television sets, appliances, sinks or bed frames. The competition among scrap collectors in responding to such posts can also be very brisk. As such, it pays to respond quickly where possible, although sometimes scrappers have success responding to older ads where the seller may be motivated to take less or nothing to get rid of an item, if it has not yet been sold. Checking out garage sale listings can also yield results.

Craigslist is not for everyone, however. Competition can be stiff, and the process of going through listings can be time consuming. Some scrappers recommend aids such as CraigsPro+, an Apple app. After setting up search parameters, you can receive alerts for available items, without having to manually search at Craigslist.

One final word. There are other sites that are also dedicated to recycling and reuse. You may wish to check out www.freecycle.org.

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