Craigslist? How to Pay?

Updated on October 22, 2010
M.D. asks from Washington, DC
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My husband and I decide on a 7ft Air Hockey table as the big gift for our kids this Christmas. So we looked online at Craigslist and found an almost brand new one for a really great price. We are getting it, and picking it up tomorrow. I asked the seller if a cashier's check was good for payment, and she said a personal check or cash. I know we will go to her home to pick it up, but I don't necessarily want to give her my address and information on a personal check, but would like to have receipt of the purchase just because. I tihnk I watch too many of the Judge TV Shows :). But if you have purchased from Craigslist, how have you paid?

We do live close to DC and my sister has used it a LOT for some great things!! I'm hoping we have the same luck! And I have NO idea where we will hide it!! We may have to make some room in our garage and cover it up...but even then, it's pretty big!! My husband is happy he doesn't have to assemle it, but I'm not sure he won't have to take it apart to keep it hidden!! Any suggestions thre are welcome also! lol

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So What Happened?

Thank you for the quick responses!! We ended up paying cash for it. My husband and a friend picked it up today and it is in the garage (that we use for storage) under a tarp. So I think we are set! I did print out the email where we agreed on price and time to get it, alone with her address and phone number and he had her sign that. So I think we're good to go!

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answers from Chicago on

print out the post from craigslist & have her sign it.....and CASH is the best way to go, i sell kids toys & will only take cash, you can't trust anyone these days

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answers from Tucson on

usually only in is a risk that you have to take on buying used is like and online garage sale..mostly cash only, you dont get a reciept, no refunds no exchanges!

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answers from Los Angeles on

I've sold things on craigslist and people have always paid cash to me.

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answers from Dallas on

I've always only paid cash for craigslist items. You can type up a reciept on the computer and have her sign it when you pick it up. But, it is a used item, so it's not like you can really return it or anything unless it's agreed upon that you'll be able to do that with the seller.

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answers from Wichita on

I only accept cash when selling like that- too many people write bad checks.

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answers from Duluth on

I've always paid cash, but I've never bought anything big like that. I like the suggestion that someone made to type up a receipt and each of you sign it. Generally things you buy on craigslist are as is though.

Hopefully you have a good first experiece, craigslist can be pretty cool when you live in a larger area. We lived in a bigger city and the things I could find saved us so much money on kid's stuff. Now we're in a more rural area and its hard to come by things located close to us.

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answers from Chicago on

I've always paid cash for things bought on Craigslist and have always required cash when selling things on Craigslist. But I always get/ give a receipt. Most people are wary of cashier's checks, personal checks, money orders on Craigslist because of the scams. If you look on Craigslist there is a disclaimer at the top that warns to be wary of any transaction dealing in money orders, cashier's check, etc.
Anyway, if you give cash just make sure you get a receipt that clearly describes item and amount received and signature of receiver.


answers from Chicago on

Get a receipt book like you would if you were holding a garage sale and fill that out with both signatures. they are maybe 5bucks at Walmart or something of the like.



answers from New York on

A cashier's check is as good as cash. Tell her that it's either that or nothing. You could also have her sign a receipt - however, the law is probably on her side since she is seling it as it.


answers from Minneapolis on

You can do up a recipet if you need it for taxes or something..(I do home childcare, so something like that would be a tax deduction if the daycare used it as well)...but if you are concerned aobut returning it, are pretty much on your own. Basically a garage sale purchase..just a large scale one!

If I do local garage sales..or craiglist mail purchase type things, I do up reciepts for my records.

Have fun! Just our of do you hide somethig that big until Christmas??? LOL



answers from Anchorage on

I never use or accept anything other than cash from Craigslist sales. If you want a receipt, just write on out and ask the seller to sign it.


answers from Seattle on

Just bring a paper that says something to the effect of,
"I, Jane, have paid $300 to purchase hockey table that was advertised on craigslist on 10-19-10." Sign it.
"I, Barb, have recieved $300 to purchase hockey table that we advertised on craigslist on 10-19-10." Have her sign it.
Then you have a receipt!



answers from Sacramento on

Cash, cash, cash.
Btw, when buying from Criagslist have your hubby go with you to pick it up.



answers from Buffalo on

unfortunatly cregslist is a buy as is type of thing unless they are giving a guarentee. Kind of like a garage sale. If you want a reciept write one and have her initial it. But I would pay cash.

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