Need a Cheap (or Free) Dishwasher? Try Craigslist

We love Craiglist: The free online classifieds network is so great for selling used furniture, and finding local treasures. But it's good for a lot more than just Danish armchairs and side tables. Did you know that it is very, very easy to find perfectly good used dishwashers on Craigslist? If you live in a kitchen that needs a dishwasher, or if perhaps you rent and have a 20-year-old, inefficient, and nearly worthless dishwasher (I raise my hand, being in this camp) then one very inexpensive way to pick one up is via Craigslist.

See, dishwashers are one thing that people like to get rid of. When I scan Craigslist for dishwashers, I find many, many lightly-used machines being sold for a song, just because the homeowners decide to upgrade their kitchen to newer appliances. If you are willing to use a white or black dishwasher, which the owners are throwing out in favor of stainless, then it's your lucky day.

Dishwashers are heavy and cumbersome, so as homeowners upgrade their appliances, they are often looking for someone just to haul away the old stuff. I frequently see dishwashers for $50 or $100 on Craigslist, but I see just as many free dishwashers.

It rather boggles my mind that people so frequently ditch perfectly good appliances just to upgrade to stainless steel, but hey! It's a bonus for any of us who might be looking for our own version of an upgrade. If you have the ability to haul a dishwasher home, you could find yourself with a great deal.

If you are looking for a dishwasher on Craigslist, here are a few questions to ask:

• Does it work?
• What year and model is it?
• Where was it initially purchased?
• When was the last time it was used?
• Have there been any problems with it?
• Has it ever been serviced?
• Why are you replacing it?

Have you ever bought a dishwasher (or another major appliance) off Craigslist? How did it go? Did it work out well for you?

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