www.craigslist.com – Free Local Classified Advertisements Online
Criagslist is a very popular online local classified ads site, which is located at www.craigslist.com.
The site is divided into cities and states, so that you view only ads that are in your local area. On Craigslist, you can find local classified advertisements for all kinds of goods and services, such as used furniture, used cars, guitar lessons, basically anything under the sun.
Shopping for stuff on Craigslist is as easy as searching for the thing you want, and then emailing or calling the advertiser at the provided contact information. Selling goods and services on Craigslist is also very easy. I have personally sold several small knick-knacks around the house I no longer needed for small amounts of money on Craigslist. You just take a photo of the item, and post it on Craigslist along with a description of the item and your contact information (if you are worried about privacy, you can register a temporary email address just for this). You can then check your voice messages or emails for bidders on your item, and then give the winning bidder your address so that he or she can come pick the item up and give you the payment, or you can agree to meet at a location to complete the transaction.
Posting advertisements on Craigslist is mostly free of charge; Craigslist only charges fees for job and apartment advertisements. Craigslist is mostly user patrolled, with users reporting abusive or illegal behavior (such as posting multiple advertisements for the same item, soliciting on Craigslist etc.) Despite its immense scale, Craigslist is run with less than 30 employees. While Craigslist could be charging a small sum for each advertisement to reap millions of dollars in profits (like eBay does), Craigslist’s founder Craig Newmark has refused to run Craigslist as a profit-maximizing business, preferring that Craigslist stay true to its community roots and allowing only users to suggest changes to the site (Newmark is famous for refusing to see all commercial prepositions for changes to his site).
So, if you are looking for a good way to buy and sell goods and services in your local area, do give www.craigslist.com a spin.