Craigslist is bigger than you think

Millions of people use Craigslist for their daily tasks of life; some use it to sell things, get a job, and find a place to live, or even just talk to people.  There are some bad things going on that lead back to Craigslist, and that’s all that some people usually think about when they hear about it. 

Craigslist was created by Craig Newmark in 1995 as an email distribution list to friends in California, and, in 1996, he brought it to the Web and expanded into other classified areas.  In 2000, it spread to other cities across the country and now is in about 50 countries.

The website separates into different areas which are mainly large cities and surrounding cites, but some are separated by their area like the whole states including: Wyoming, Delaware, and Hawaii. The website also separates by areas like Colorado Western Slope, California Gold Country, and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

There are over 20 billion views on the pages each month, with it being the 37th overall website and 10th overall in the America.  The site has about 49.4 million people that use Craigslist monthly.

Their main revenue to keep the website running and pay its workers is from paid job ads in some of the bigger cities including: San Francisco Bay Area which are $75 each, New York City, Las Angeles, Boston, Seattle, etc. which are only $25 each, and paid apartment broker ads in New York City which are $10 each.

There is an option to “flag” something if it is either a scam, inappropriate, or illegal.  “Flagging” is an option that notifies the people that regulate it so that it can be deleted as soon as possible depending on whether it is inappropriate or not.

There is a certain section labeled “Barter” that people can advertise what kind of items they have and post that they would like to trade for something whether they are looking for anything particular or not.  Sometimes if they don’t want anything particular they just say “let me know what you have.”

It is completely free to sign up and to browse.  You can sometimes get brand new stuff for a cheaper price than if you buy it from a store. 

The Crusader Raid, Vol. 6, Num. 4.
The Spring/Summer Issue
May 2014

Written by Christian Collins

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