Hi. I have a question about selling/giving stuff away on craigslist, and I figured since there are a lot of people on these boards that use it to buy/flip bikes, your experience might help me out.
I have a dinner table and chairs I'd like to get rid of. Still in perfectly good shape, but it's big, and I'm in a tiny Boston apartment (my last apartment in Michigan had closets bigger than our current kitchen) and I've got a baby on the way, so I need to make room. So in comes an Ikea collapsible thing and the huge old one has to go.
My wife just wants the thing gone quick and said she'd be happy to give it away. I said that's fine for our friends (none of whom want it), but was thinking that putting it up for free on craigslist would not be the best of ideas. I figured if I put it up for a nominal fee, (say $40 but if they show up with a truck to haul it away be happy to bargain down to say $20 or whatever they've got handy) I'd be more likely to get people that actually want it (and would respond to e-mails and actually show up) rather than flaky people who want something for free and may or may not show up or try to get us to give them other stuff (that's happened before when I've tried to sell cars on CL cheaply).
Does that sound like a valid strategy or should I just put it up for free?
Also, in the past when I've sold things (2 cars, a bed, a bike) the cars and bike I sold at a public place so I wouldn't have to have people come to my house. The bike I obviously had to have people come over to get (but only after we'd e-mailed a couple of times so I knew they probably weren't serial killers). Is that still a valid idea here? I don't like giving out my phone number (or address) to potential freaks, but at least now I live in a building with security.