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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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5 Responses to “41 Reasons Why Craigslist Kills Classifieds”

  1. [...] – Some of your extra stuff might be valuable, so get a little money out of it. Craigslist is your friend [...]

  2. James from Craigslist
    December 10th, 2007

    I guess you are being sarcastic with this article right?

  3. Andrew Flusche
    December 10th, 2007


    Why do you think I’m being sarcastic? Craigslist has the awesome ability to reach huge audiences, but it also caters to pornography and “adult” services. That’s not a good thing.

    Thanks for commenting,

  4. Liz
    October 21st, 2008

    I’m not positive, but I would imagine it’s difficult to to censor. If you give it it’s own space, at least it’s easier for people to avoid if you don’t want to see it. Plus some stuff can be borderline, or mislabeled as porn. There was a magazine I used to like to read, It wasn’t pornographic, but because its main demographic was the gay population, the only place you could find it was the dark porno shop down the street. :P It was pretty ridiculous. Luckily, 10 yrs later, I can now find it in my local bookshop.

  5. Andrew Flusche
    October 21st, 2008

    @Liz – I do understand that what people think is “pornography” varies considerably, depending upon who you ask. But craigslist openly invites adult / erotic posts. That’s the main beef I have with it, but I certainly still use it for other things.

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