Craigslist from Ant Farms to Zookeepers

Last Update: June 13, 2014

Craigslist from Ant Farms to Zookeepers

If you haven’t already learned about the wealth of information and opportunities available on Craigslist it is time to start learning more about this exciting online community. The Craigslist fact sheet defines Craigslist as, “Local community classifieds and forums - a place to find jobs, housing, goods & services, social activities, a girlfriend or boyfriend, advice, community information, and just about anything else -- all for free, and in a relatively non-commercial environment.” This definition is certainly worthy of all that Craigslist has to offer to visitors. The fact sheet also points out that Craigslist receives approximately four billion page views per month and is visited by approximately ten million visitors each month. This article will provide a brief history of Craigslist and will discuss two of the most commonly used sections of Craigslist. This includes the for sale section and the jobs section.

Bartering On Craigslist
A great thing about Craigslist is that you can barter with most members and trade for the items you need. For example my husband and I traded some jars of honey for this trailer load of treated wood, we are building raised beds for our garden and this was the best deal ever.

Wood is very expensive and treated wood much more so, the person really liked honey and we have the best honey around so we did the trade and all came out winners. There are many other bartering situations you can do such as trading work for a product, or product for another product or whatever is agreeable to both parties. Of, course you must be careful who you deal with and don't do anything illegal. So, far we have not had any issues with people on Craigslist most are hard working people just trying to make it just like us, and saving money is good for everyone.



The History of Craigslist

Craigslist begin in 1995, essentially as an email list run by Craig Newmark for the purpose of keeping his friends informed of interesting events occurring in the San Francisco Bay Area. This system spread through word of mouth and the list grew. After sometime others began using the list to respond to the entire list with information about other events or as a way to make requests or exchange information. Those who began responding on Craigslist began posting items such as jobs, for sale items, apartment openings and other pieces of information. Newmark wrote software to enable participants to post this information onto the website which became known as Craigslist.org. Although Newmark was approached in 1997 about the possibility of running banner advertisements on his website, he declined this opportunity.

Finding Items for Sale on Craigslist

The for sale section of Craigslist is the place to find items which are for sale. This section is divided into a variety of different categories. Users can browse through appropriate categories to find other users offering items for sale which may be of interest to them. Those who cannot find an item they are seeking can take advantage of the wanted section to post an advertisement seeking a particular item as well as the price they are willing to pay for this item. When purchasing an item on Craigslist there is always the potential for receiving an item that is not in the condition described in the advertisement. Asking many questions is the best way to avoid this type of problem when making a purchase.

Finding Jobs on Craigslist

One of the most popular sections of Craigslist is the jobs section. Job seekers prefer Craigslist over other websites designed specifically for finding jobs because Craigslist offers those posting the job the opportunity to include information such as whether telecommuting is an option or the position is a contract position in addition to whether it is full time or part time. This is significant because many other websites do not include this information and job seekers who rely on the Internet are likely to be more interested in these options that offer greater flexibility.

Browsing through Craigslist for potential jobs is surprisingly easy. Job seekers simply enter the Craigslist website for the desired geographical region and select a category from the jobs section that describes their desired field of employment. Alternately job seekers can use the search feature to find their dream job.

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rosev1 Premium
My husband buys and sells on Craigslist, he can buy a boat and sell it for double in a week. He does great using it, and he also trade for stuff. We just trade some honey for a trailer load of wood to make our raised beds for the garden this year.
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rosev1 Premium
You can check my site http://www.getwealthybiz.com and then look for marketing & promotion blog link. I have a series about Craigslist advertising there. Hope it helps.
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rosev1 Premium
Yes, i do my e-store there but the secret is to advertise one product not the store. Also, for bizop ads you have to put only one a day and change the ads everytime. Keep up with the renewal too, I check often to see if it's time to renew. It really works for me along with safelists.
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Kay0042 Premium
Thanks for responding so quickly! I have been wondering about CL ads... I have only ever sold things locally.
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Kay0042 Premium
Have you ever posted ads? Like in the biz opp section? If so, have you had any luck with it?
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Trialynn Premium
Some limited success, but nothing to rave about.
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dhicks35 Premium
Very informative. Thanks for sharing.
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