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41 Reasons Why Craigslist Kills Classifieds

One way to increase your productivity is to purge unneeded items. And a great way to do that is by selling them. Clear out some space and earn some extra cash all at once. Who doesn’t like that?!

Local classifieds suck

We’re moving in a week, so we decided to sell some furniture that we no longer needed. I carefully photographed the items, wrote a short description for each one, and selected a low asking price.

I posted ads in our three local papers. One is the main paper, while the other two are weekly publications. The ads were online and in print. They ran for about a week.

I got ONE inquiry.

Needless to say, it was an extremely disappointing experience. That inquiry did result in a sale, but that’s only ONE from all my hard work. So I looked for a better way.

Craigslist came through

So I posted the remaining furniture on craigslist. I used the same photos, descriptions, and prices.

41 responses came in 48 hours.

Within a day, we sold my kayak and a bookshelf. We only have one piece left, and it will probably be gone tomorrow. Amazing!

But craigslist supports porn

The only problem is the moral dilemma involved. Craigslist allows “adult” personals, escort services, and other practically pornographic materials. I find that objectionable. Why does such a useful tool have to cave to our disturbed society?

The bottom line is that I’ll never pay craigslist a dime. And I’m not surfing it looking for things to buy. But if you need to sell something, it’s the place to go.

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