2012 Reflections


It’s been two years since I’ve started this site and I’ve been taking inventory with how’s it’s been going. It’s always good to stop and reflect.  Here are some of the things I’ve come up with.

1. I haven’t done a good job consistently writing articles on the site.  In fact I’ve done a terrible job.  Part of this has been because I haven’t connected with you about topics I could cover or types of stories I could share.  I’m going to start interacting on Twitter more and want to encourage you to say hi, send your questions, comments, success stories etc via Twitter.  My twitter name is ryanfinlay  Follow me and say hello.

2.  I need to know more about you.  Are you coming for tips on how to better buy/sell?  How to make money on Craigslist?  How to start your own business?  What questions do you have?  What are your favorite topics?  Want more stories?  Do you like text posts or would your rather have video posts? I want to know how I can better help you succeed.

3.  I’ve made my business very efficient and am only working on the buying/selling about 10 hrs a week.  I’m working on my book with some of my spare time.  This leaves me with a lot of extra time.  I’ve thought about doing some one on one consulting if anyone is interested.   I could start writing more about creative investing, how to live frugally, saving money, retiring early etc.

Anyway, thanks for visiting the site and continuing to come back.  I’d love to hear from you!

via twitter @ryanfinlay

or email: roseburg@gmail.com




  1. I just like to read about what you’ve flipped, how you’ve done it, what the people were like, etc. I like the story of it, I guess. I flip toys on Craigslist mostly–I’m selling different types of things than you are, but it’s still interesting how you’ve managed to quit your “day job” to do this.

  2. I like to hear more details of your day to day business as well. The specifics of how you search and anything else that might be benificial for someone just starting out. Also, i do really well buying and selling bicycles but and having a hard time adding products to that list…

  3. I have enjoyed reading your articles. I enjoy reading exactly as you have written. Just the day to day experiences and such. I have recently started selling a lot of personal stuff on CL and I see the potential.

  4. Aloha Ryan

    I just found your site a couple of days ago and my daughter I have been talking about doing this together, she is only 16, when we read your story about your son, that was PERFECT inspiration for us…..I thank you for that!

    I am not sure why you do this, but you never know how you can touch and affect peoples lives with your words!

    Having spent 21 years in Hawaii and now on the Mainland, I get it!

    Mahalo nui loa for your efforts, you have inspired me and my kids….

    I am trying to figure out where those waves are? Sure doesn’t look like Big Island, must be Northshore………home…..lol

    ka makani
    ps. you are welcome to send me any newletters or anything you might like to my email…..mahalo

  5. Hey Ryan –

    Thanks for posting. I found your site a couple months ago and I’ve been really interested in chatting with you. We made an attempt to connect previously but were never able to.

    I’m in my 3rd year of college after taking many semesters off to pursue other endeavors. And I plan on putting college on hold again to start two businesses in 2013…one of which is Craigslist arbitrage. We have another site other than Craigslist that is used much more here in Utah: KSL.com.

    I would love to get some advice as I venture into this industry. You’ve done very well and that’s inspiring to me. This is something I’m very interested in and have been doing every once in a while as a hobby but turning it into a business is a little intimidating.

    Would love to chat!


  6. I was wondering if you’ve tried and/or had any success buying certain things from sellers on craigslist not in your local area? Do you have and use any special tools/plugins to search craigslist? I have bought and sold items through craigslist with buyers/sellers in other states. With no face to face meetings, using pay-pal or bitcoin, and shipping the item. I have done this a number of times, without incident and with success, and was wondering your insight..?

    • I have completed a few long distance transactions. One was for a set of books half way across the country. I paid via paypal, then they shipped them out. It seems like it’s just as safe as using ebay as long as your using paypal. If they don’t send the item, or there is a problem, it’s pretty easy to get the transaction reversed. I went to Google and searched for “craigslist ….” and that is basically how you can search for an item in every Craigslist market at once, as Google crawls all the local Craigslist sites.

      As far as how successful you will be without seeing the item first, I would say it’s going to be mixed. If you have a very good track record of vetting Craigslist ads locally, so that when you show up the item is exactly how you expected it to be based on the ad, you will probably have the same success. I would learn to be a good item finder locally first so that you can learn some lessons before taking a bit more of a gamble buying remotely. All that said, I think there is good money to be made by people searching for very niche items and paying via paypal.


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