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How to get the deals on Craigslist

How to get the deals on Craigslist
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This is a really busy time of year to shop, isn't it? No, we're not talking about Christmas, although that is right around the corner.

This time of year, right after Labor Day weekend is a wild one, especially if you have kids in school or college. People just like you are moving your teenagers back into their dorms, or helping your grown children move into new apartments.

Plus, a lot of families move to better school districts just as you start feeling a cool, crispness in the air. The point is, you're going to shop for household items, clothes, furniture and back-to-school supplies.

These days, that can mean only one thing: Craigslist. The online shopping site is great if you want to find deals on just about anything you want to buy. (Or you can make money by selling things you no longer use.)

But what's one big problem with Craigslist? Someone always seems to beat you to the punch. Just as you find a low price on a good-quality product, someone else buys it!

That's frustrating. But, don't worry: We've got a couple of solutions to give you really good odds of being first in line to buy an item and, second, to help you get the best price!

Bonus: There are dangerous people lurking on Craigslist and other online shopping sites. Do not ever give strangers your address or meet them somewhere when you're alone. Take a friend and meet people you're buying items from in safe locations, like a coffee shop or in the lobby of a police station.

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