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campu2



Joined: 17 May 2006
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Posted: Thu Dec 30, 2010 7:11 am    Post subject: Is Craigslist A Sinking Ship?  

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theplainsman



Joined: 27 Dec 2010
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Posted: Thu Dec 30, 2010 1:32 pm    Post subject: Re: Is Craigslist A Sinking Ship?  

Does craigslist have free listings for sellers??
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GreyJaguar



Joined: 12 Jul 2008
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Posted: Thu Dec 30, 2010 2:49 pm    Post subject:  

Yes you can list for free as a seller. But their whole basis is for a seller to sell locally so a buyer can meet the seller in person to finalize a purchase.

There are categories such as employers wanting to list a job opening, that Craigslist charges for. At least it used to be that way.
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slythorne



Joined: 01 Jan 2009
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Posted: Tue Jan 11, 2011 8:36 am    Post subject: Re: Is Craigslist A Sinking Ship?  

I don't think it is a sinking ship... just a sailboat lost adrift in the vast ocean with a busted mainsail. :shock:

If they want to maintain or even gain ground in the listing market they need to clamp down on spammers, redo their category system, rework their search function, and overhaul their posting areas.

1)clamp down on spammers

I see the same items posted day after day and you know what? It gets old flagging them, especially when they will just repost minutes after getting flagged. Craigslist threatens to IP ban, but I don't know if they ever have done so.

Along the same guidelines, they need to do something about the automotive spammers. They list hundreds of listings a day, in many different locations. If they are from say "Seattle", they will post in Seattle, Tacoma, Olympia, Snohomish, and so on! And then they will leave the price BLANK so it will show up when you put in a search cap.

2)Redo their category system

What I mean is they way you select what category you want to search. This really needs to be checkboxes! There are many sellers that have no clue where to post an item, so you may have to search in three or four categories to find that item, but sometimes there is one where the keyword you use is used very often in another context so you can't search from the main for sale category.

3)Rework their search function

They are still stuck in the stone age! They need some sort of bolean search function that will search for plurals and will allow you to search using OR, and allow you to skip results with another certain keyword in it.

4)Overhaul their posting areas

I do not see the point of having main metropolitan blocks within a state, and leaving the smaller areas high and dry. I live in one of the main metropolitan blocks, but don't mind driving the 40 miles to get into one of the smaller areas with a separate site. Why should I have to pretty much go all the way out of craigslist to get access to that data?

One idea that I think would work better is to break up each state into blocks by counties and have a separate site for each block. Then have a "include neighboring blocks" option that would also search all neighboring blocks regardless of state lines. Then those in Portland Oregon wouldn't feel they need to crosspost in "Olympia Washington" to get to their Vancouver WA neighbors.
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Baconsdozen



Joined: 06 May 2008
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Location: S.E. coast of England.

Posted: Tue Jan 11, 2011 5:44 pm    Post subject: Re: Is Craigslist A Sinking Ship?  

Scams are a problem for this site.I was told some while back about some Nigerian scammers using my companies name and details on a scam on the craiglist site.
I contacted them a few times but received no response and last time I looked the scam was still running. I doubt that many people are stupid enough to get involved but the site has made no effort to deal with it.
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highdesertdetails



Joined: 20 Dec 2006
Posts: 548
Location: Great Basin

Posted: Tue Jan 11, 2011 8:38 pm    Post subject: Re: Is Craigslist A Sinking Ship?  

Anything free will be targeted by dishonest folk, or vermin. Using extreme common sense and being on guard is paramount with Craigs. And I've noticed that people grab your phone number now and start texting to it. Leaves me to think adding a phone number in the ads is not the best thing. Or, getting a little prepaid cell and only sticking like $20 bucks on it and not answering any texts. Also, being clear and stating your terms at the bottom of your ad - like product sold AS IS, cash only, etc. Meeting at a local sheriff's parking lot or bringing someone big and burly with you at an exchange. Unfortunately we live in dangerous times.
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momto3dogs



Joined: 12 Jan 2011
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Posted: Fri Jan 14, 2011 4:37 am    Post subject:  

I used to love selling on Craigslist but for the past 4 months it seems as if all the responses I am getting are either spam or someone wanting to sell me something.
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campu2



Joined: 17 May 2006
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Posted: Fri Jan 14, 2011 5:12 am    Post subject: Re: Is Craigslist A Sinking Ship?  

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GreyJaguar



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Posted: Fri Jan 14, 2011 3:15 pm    Post subject:  

Such a classic example of what can happen to something that worked great for awhile. Only a few years ago I was driving on Pacific Coast Hwy into Marina del Rey, CA and passed a fenced in construction site with a Craigslist advertisement. It reminded me that I should search there for some products I needed.

Met some of the nicest people who for awhile, became regular suppliers for me. As time went on, some of them were robbed by people they met with and they decreased their use of the site.

One young man had me drive around the block several times on Wilshire Blvd in Santa Monica so he could check out my car before calling me on my cell and agreeing to meet me at Starbucks. Again, this happened because he had been assaulted and robbed before.
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momto3dogs



Joined: 12 Jan 2011
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Posted: Fri Jan 14, 2011 11:49 pm    Post subject:  

I am at the point anymore that when I go meet someone (if they even bother to show) I take someone with me -- and the bigger friend I can take the better I feel. A couple of years ago it didn't really bother me as much.
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BlueMoon



Joined: 16 May 2007
Posts: 250

Posted: Sat Jan 15, 2011 12:29 am    Post subject:  

If I do get someone who is interested in an item I am selling I always meet them somewhere public and not have them come to my house. I don't want complete strangers checking out where I live to come back later to help themselves to something that catches their eye.

I also never meet someone alone, I've heard of too many situations where the person selling ends up robbed or in the hospital.
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Northern Nights



Joined: 19 Oct 2008
Posts: 145

Posted: Sat Jan 15, 2011 12:41 am    Post subject:  

It depends on the area in which you live it seems as CL is still going as strong as ever in my area. I have bought and sold hundreds of dollars worth of items in the past 3 days alone.

Using common sense is the key I think. Meeting in public places, never going alone or being home alone if transactions will take place there, and if it sounds to good to be true pass on it.

Most important thing is to stay safe no matter what site you use to sell and/or buy on. Crazies are not limited to CL they are out there everywhere.
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quicksrt



Joined: 26 Oct 2009
Posts: 415

Posted: Tue Jan 18, 2011 2:36 am    Post subject: Re: Is Craigslist A Sinking Ship?  

[quote="highdesertdetails";p="320858"] Meeting at a local sheriff's parking lot or bringing someone big and burly with you at an exchange.[quote]

Thats a good one. Right in the front of that parking lot is about as safe as it gets.
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fastautosports



Joined: 23 Apr 2006
Posts: 348
Location: Jacksonville, FL

Posted: Sat Jan 22, 2011 6:53 pm    Post subject: Re: Is Craigslist A Sinking Ship?  

The only thing I like about CL is CASH! And sometimes you can get some great "real" wood furniture.

Tom
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uniquecds4u



Joined: 22 Apr 2009
Posts: 5

Posted: Wed Jan 26, 2011 12:14 am    Post subject:  

I just sold $300 of stuff last week on CL. I left ebay long ago. I still sell on iOffer, but I'm stoked about upillar. Finally, a place to sell nation wide and no fees! I give them my iOffer info so they can check out my feedback and see the exact same items for sale. CL is great for local big things you don't want to ship. I live in a small town with gun signs around my house. No worries on meeting people :)
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