When using Craigslist for anything regarding eBay, you need to be very careful when dealing with people and avoid getting scammed. Craigslist is basically like an online newspaper classified ad section, where people interact in person instead of through the mail. But it is also a breeding ground of people looking to rip off others.


Craigslist can be used for finding new items to sell on eBay but you need to know how not to get scammed by those looking to make a quick buck. In order to sell on eBay and get paid via PayPal as a new seller, both eBay and especially PayPal, will restrict how much you can sell and how long you will have to wait (21 days) before you can receive your money.

These are safeguards eBay and PayPal use to combat scammers but they also can upset honest sellers who want to sell anything they have and to get their money right away. So in order for these sellers to be able to sell what they have, they post on Craigslist for “Established eBay Sellers” or “Experienced eBay Lister” or any kind of title basically looking for an eBay seller without restrictions, to sell for them.

In the above image there are 3 listings in Craigslist for eBay sellers by people looking to sell but do not have eBay accounts or established ones. The top offer is a scam and you can pretty much tell when looking at their post which is seen in the below image. The middle one seems legit but I didn’t reach out to see. The bottom one is legit because he is one of the people I sell for.

Once I had seen that this person was claiming $3000 compensation I figured it was either really expensive items or it was scam. So I texted the number he provided and when I learned what he was selling, Rolex Watches, I knew why the compensation was so high. But I also know that like all designer items, Rolex Watches are faked quite often. So I asked him to send me a picture proof of authenticity, and I never heard from him again.

When selling for people on Craigslist it is always important to do the following,

  • Ask lots of questions of the items you are selling when the seller is the one doing the drop shipping
  • Ideally you should be the one shipping the product but if the owner has agreed to do the shipping, make sure that you do not send them their money until after the eBay customer has received the item
  • Communicate with this seller at least initially on the phone. By hearing a person’s voice you can get a better sense of their legitimacy
  • Make sure that in addition to the commission percentage, that they will pay for your eBay and PayPal fees as well
  • When sending payment make sure it is either through PayPal or some other reputable form of payment that is traceable

If the person asking you to sell for them will not agree to any of these terms then it is a good indication that something is not right. They have to comply with these rules because you are the one taking all of the risk.

NEXT UP = Finding legitimate wholesalers for direct and drop shipping

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Great stuff Robert! Thanks :-)
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You are welcome John. Thanks for stopping by.
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Thanks Robert great stuff.
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You are welcome Tim. Happy you liked it.
MPollock Premium
Very nice work.
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Thank you
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Thanks Robert!
Looking to forward to the next training!
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You are welcome Dinh. The next one will be more conversational and story telling, yet providing informtion that is useful.
RKingsley Premium Plus
Hi Boomer,

I have actually started a blog on this very subject and you are, as always, a truly valuable person to listen to.

Many thanks!
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You are welcome. I am going to be doing a blog about this myself in the coming weeks on my website and link to these pages for extra content support. :)