What is craigslist? This is the first question I asked when I came in contact with the platform. In the course of this article, readers will get to know what craigslist is, how it works and a host of other informative stuff in regards to it.
Have you ever been in a position where desperation is at its peak? Not just any type of desperation, but desperation for help in terms of ads placement? Craigslist as a platform will directly help you with that if you ever find yourself in such a position. Craigslist is an American owned advertisement platform. This advertisement platform is devoted or categorized into jobs, for sale, housing, gigs, resumes, community device, discussion forums, and items wanted. You can go there in search of ads that will be helpful to you or you can go there to post ads. That’s just what the platform is all about.
The service was started in 1995 by Craig Newmark. It first started out as an emailing distribution list to friends and also featuring local events in the San Francisco bay area. Not until later in 1996, it became a web-based service and it also expanded into other categories. In 2000 it extended into other US cities. Craigslist recently can be found in 70 countries. The first non-English languages supported by craigslist include Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese and German.
Is Craigslist Safe?
Since it is one of the most popular advertising platforms in the world and you can also go there to post for jobs, items you wish to sell and a whole lot more, I think it is only right to ask about the authenticity of the platform. In other words, is craigslist safe? Due to the fame, it has amassed in recent years the platform has become a go-to destination for people looking for good deals on the web. To answer the question above, I will say that the craigslist platform is relatively safe and legal, although most people still have their reservations. Craigslist is a safe and legal platform to make use of to some extent, but since it is an online platform and the action of users cannot be guaranteed you need to employ or take caution.
How Does Craigslist Work?
As I have established already in this article, craigslist is an online ads platform. Well, it may not be like the traditional advertising platforms we all know about. This platform helps users to connect with other people in a non-commercial way. People can go on this platform and post ads there. Other users can also go on this platform to interact with these ads. Some people might see the platform as a marketplace, but that’s not how I will put it, but it’s still okay.
Is Craigslist Free
The craigslist platform is a free one but you should know that not everything on this platform is free. Users and visitors are free to communicate with ads and it is also free to post ads on the platform except for these things below;
- All by-dealer deals in the US – this posting costs 3-5 USD.
- Gigs in the US and some selected California areas – 3-10 USD.
- Furniture by-dealer in the US, Vancouver BC – 5 USD.
- Brokered apartment rentals in New York City area – 10 USD.
- Job postings in selected areas – 10-75 USD.
- Cars and trucks by owner in the US, Vancouver BC – 3 USD.
- Services in the US and California – 5 USD.
- Cars and truck by owner in the US – 5 USD.
These are the services on the platform that are not free. Cards like visa, MasterCard, and American Express are accepted.
How to Post On Craigslist
Posting on Craigslist is free and easy. Anyone can post on this platform with or without an account. Creating an account on the platform has its own perks and advantages though. For one it allows users to easily access all of their postings to revise or delete them. If you do not have an account you can also post, but you will then receive emails in reviewing your postings on the platform.
To Post on Craigslist with and without an Account
To do this, follow the steps below;
- On your device go to craigslists.org
- On the craigslist online page, find your city and select it.
- Next, click on the “post to classifieds” tab in the upper left of the page.
- From the next page select your category and click on continue.
- Choose a sub-category.
- Enter a title for your posting, a posting body, postal code which is your location and other relevant information for your post and click on “continue”.
- You will see a map on the next page; you can enter your location by dragging the location marker to your location or by entering your location into the text boxes and click on continue.
- Add images to your post from the next page and continue by selecting done with images.
- Lastly, click on the publish button. But if you feel like it’s not looking like the way you want it, you can select edit post, edit location or edit images.
A link will be sent to the email address you entered earlier in the post information. Open the link to publish and you are all done.
How to Sign Up For a Craigslist Account
Setting up an account on craigslist is easy. To do this, just follow the steps below
- Go to craiglist.org from your device.
- On the craigslist platform, click on the “my account” tab.
- You will be taken to the login page. On the login page, click on the link that says sign up for an account.
- On the next page enter your email address and pass the security check.
- After filling the boxes, click on the create account tab at the bottom.