What is Craigslist?
Craigslist consists of local classified ads on a range of topics covering jobs, home sales, rental vacancies, auto sales, community activities and gatherings. It has grown massively in popularity over the past few years and started out with small local listings and now covers the country. Because it is free and easy to use, most people nowadays when they have something to sell or something to advertise, start with Craigslist.
How does Craigslist Work?
Individuals can create posts on Craigslist if they want to advertise an opportunity, list items to sell or market events in the area without having to pay for the service. In addition, people can buy discounted items or find new opportunities. Individuals should be aware that there are people who post scams on the site. In addition, safety has been an issue for people who have met other individuals on the site. Caution should always be taken as a result. And, because the forum became so large, often realtors who used to love this site no longer post on Craig’s list. Sometimes it is better to pay a small fee to advertise if it means that the people who are reading your ads will also have to pay. This weeds out the tire-kickers and look-y-loos who will just waste your time.
What are the downsides to using Craigslist?
Over the past few years Craigslist has been the focus of some very negative publicity. Because it offers such a great forum for people to exchange goods and services, some people started using Craigslist for illegal adult services. There have been quite a few reports on the news about how there were even accusations of human trafficking on Craigslist as well as prostitution. Their new rules and rigorous monitoring have curbed these negative activities substantially, however, and now you can feel confident using it to list your items and services for sale, or look for great deals for yourself.