How to sell tickets on Craigslist
Craigslist pretty much only works when selling tickets to local events. Because I happen to live in the entertainment capital of the world (LA) Craigslist was often an option for me because there's so much going on in Southern California in terms of concerts, sports (not NFL), and even awards shows. Unfortunately if you live in rural North Dakota Craigslist probably isn't going to be a convenient way for you to sell tickets. Fortunately, you can still do pretty much everything else on this site.
If you're able to successfully sell tickets on Craigslist you should be able to make more money while the buyer also saves more money. Just think about how Stubhub works with a 15% commission imposed on sellers and a 10% fee for buyers. When you broker your own deals through Craigslist that puts that extra money in your pocket. Plus, when your transactions are with Craigslist buyers you're almost always getting paid in cash, which has its advantages. Two things to keep in mind when selling tickets on Craigslist:
- People are going to want hard tickets (not computer print outs). If you think you might be selling your tickets via Craigslist make sure to get the actual hard tickets. Think about this from the buyer's perspective. Craiglist is scammy enough as it is, so it's easy to understand how buying computer print out tickets from a stranger is far less appealing than actual hard tickets. Now that you know this, you'll have an edge over all the other Craigslist sellers because you'll be able to advertise that you have "hard tickets" and that'll attract attention from buyers.
- You're going to deal with some annoying and/or flaky people. Shrug it off or stop using Craigslist. People are going to show up late or not at all. Someone is going to try to haggle with you at the last minute after you agreed on a price and you drove half way across town to meet them. You're going to get lost trying to meet someone. You're going to have to get up early on a weekend to give someone tickets, etc. The list goes on.
Although I did meet some nice and interesting people, to be perfectly hoenst, now that I'm out of the ticket selling business (focusing on a business from home without investment), dealing with Craigslist people is definitely something I don't miss at all.
Other sections in this chapter about how to sell tickets for profit:
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