Craigslist is a central network of online communities, featuring free online classified advertisements– with jobs, internships, housing, personals, erotic services, for sale/barter/wanted, services, community, gigs, resume, and pets categories – and forums on various topics.
In other words, it's similar to newspaper classifieds except it is online. We have purchased sterling flatware through "for sale" ads we found on Craigslist and sellers have come to us through "wanted to buy" ads we placed ourselves. Here some nice features of Craigslist:
- It's free
- It's simple
- It provides a level of security; e.g., you can place a "blind" ad
- Photographs can be included with your ad
- It provides a search capability so you can locate what you are looking for fairly easily
- If you know how to use HTML, you can dress up your ad a bit
From our point of view, it does have some limitations:
- An ad is linked to a single city, thereby limiting coverage
- Scammers roam Craigslist looking for opportunities to defraud
- There is no feedback or history mechanism such as eBay provides - you have no way to gauge the trustworthiness of the other party
We think Craigslist provides a worthy opportunity to buy or sell. You just have to be careful.By clicking on "Comments" below, you can see posted comments and add your own questions/comments.