Craigslist Online Classifieds: Good Site for Selling Stuff

Posted by Guest Author under Scams and Frauds on July 31, 2015

Craigslist online classifieds can use to sell stuff online easily. You can use Craigslist classified online to promote your business, to get leads to for your email promotion or sell affiliate products. What I have read about Craigslist is that “affiliate” marketer are using it to sell “affiliate products”.

is it easy to buy and sell stuff online? YES. It is. As long as you are following the basic rules on not to get scammed. I will share to you the Craigslist Online Classifieds to avoid 99% scam attempts.


I know you want to sell stuff not just on Craigslist. Maybe you want to know the best online shopping sites in your own country especially in United States. Maybe in my next article, I will share to you the best online shopping sites. But today, let’s just talk about Craigslist.

Craigslist Basic Information

“Craigslist is a classified advertisements website with sections devoted to jobs, housing, personals, for sale, items wanted, services, community, gigs, résumés, and discussion forums.”

It was founded by the Craig Network on 1995. Craigslist Headquarters is in San Francisco, California, United States. The former CEO (Chief Executive Officer) is Mr. Jim Buckmaster. [2]

How to Avoid Scams in Craigslist Online Classifieds teach us not to get scammed online. They suggest to only deal locally. If you are from Los Angeles, deal only to those people who live in Los Angeles. If you’re from Chicago, then deal to the people from Chicago, if you’re from Austin, then deal to buyer or seller from Austin only. If you are from New York City, then it is better to post ads in Craigslist New York, and so on…

The “face-to-face” transaction is recommended by According to Craigslist, if you follow the rule about dealing locally and dace to face transaction, you can avoid 99 percent of scam attempts. [1]

Here’s is the recommended guidelines when dealing to seller or buyer in Craigslist;

  • Do not extend payment to anyone you have not met in person.
  • Beware offers involving shipping – deal with locals you can meet in person.
  • Never wire funds (e.g. Western Union) – anyone who asks you to is a scammer.
  • Don’t accept cashier/certified checks or money orders – banks cash fakes, then hold you responsible.
  • Transactions are between users only, no third party provides a “guarantee”.
  • Never give out financial info (bank account, social security, paypal account, etc).
  • Do not rent or purchase sight-unseen—that amazing “deal” may not exist.
  • Refuse background/credit checks until you have met landlord/employer in person.

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Craigslist Online Classifieds Review 

There is a good question that caught my attention. In Yahoo Answer, someone ask; “Is Craigslist a good site for selling stuff?” Here I want to share to you some of the answers provided by respondents.

Sarina said….

“In my personal experience Craigslist is good website for sell stuff.” 

Ryan M agreed with some caution;

“Yes, but there are also MANY people who have been scammed, robbed and killed by buying/selling on Craigslist.”

makeupfan added his answers and recommend other buying and selling website options;

“There are better ones. Many communities have local Facebook ‘garage sale’ pages where you can post items for sale. I prefer ebay, although the packing/shipping part can get tedious.”


In my opinion Craigslist is great way to buy and sell stuff online. But be careful because there are lot of spammers. Other people join Craigslist to drive traffic to their site. Their intention is to spam the community. The worst is to “scam other people”. Thanks to because they inform the members how to avoid getting scammed (the one I mentioned awhile ago credited to

Jobs, Products and Services Listed in Craigslist Online Classifieds

Housing and Real Estate Properties: You can find apartments, housing, office spaces, commercial land, parking spaces and storage and even vacation rentals.

There are stuffs for sale like antiques, appliances, arts and crafts, automotive parts, beauty and health products, books, motorcycles and bikes., cars and trucks, electronic products, tickets, toys, jewelry, furniture, farm and garden tools and materials, sporting goods, etc.

You can also find a job or poster a job. The most popular listed jobs on Craigslist are related to accounting and finance, administation and offices, architectural and engineering jobs, business management, teaching and education career, food and beverage services, internet engineering and manufacturing.

Craigslist Los Angeles Homepage

Craiglist Los Angeles

Image Screenshot Courtesy: Craigslist Los Angeles

Final Answer: Craigslist is One of the Best Site to Sell Stuff

You read it right. What I mean to say is that Craigslist is not only the best site to buy and sell stuffs online. The popularity of Craigslist is still wins compare to new online classified sites. Other people, just like the answer of “makeupfan” from Yahoo Answers; are using Facebook groups and eBay. Again, let me share to you the answer of this guy;

“There are better ones. Many communities have local Facebook ‘garage sale’ pages where you can post items for sale. I prefer ebay, although the packing/shipping part can get tedious.”

It is his experience. Craigslist will be better to other sites if you know the basic rules in online buying and selling. A large database of users and serious buyer from Craigslist is very important if you want to find serious buyer for your stuff in your local area.

What about you? Do you still use Craigslist to sell stuff or you are just like the other people who spam the community? Let me know what you think about Craigslist online classifieds. Share your comments below.

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