In 2009, Craigslist of Tennessee reinvented their site to offer a more professional experience. In 2012, they received 17 billion page views which generated $10 billion in revenue.
Craigslist has become the most successful classified ad website in the world because of how simple and easy it is to list your items for sale or find them. On the other hand, plenty of people still prefer to buy or sell on sites like eBay and Amazon despite its drawbacks.
1. YOU CANNOT SELL PERSONAL RELATIONS
Personal relationships are present on all sites. People use the sites to find roommates, spouses and significant others. But it’s very unlikely that you’ll get your Aunt to dig up all your old games in the attic because she missed her chance to buy your console at a garage sale.
Craigslist only allows you to sell things within the site and it’s not available on any other sites as far as I know. You can’t directly sell someone something and if you need money from somebody outside of Craigslist, then you better hope that they trust you enough for them to give it to you.
2. YOU CAN’T SELL ENOUGH TO MAKE ANY MONEY
Most people don’t need cash from Craigslist. Though you may want to sell something off your furniture, you can only list one item per ad per day. That one item has to be for sale, not for a trade. That means if the couch is free on Craigslist and the price is $200, then the house needs to sell for $20k if you want to make any money at all.
Leave eBay to sell your stuff. You can put as many items up for sale as you want and within a week or two, you should earn a decent amount of money. There are also other sites that can provide you with more traffic than Craigslist. They include sites like Facebook, Amazon Marketplace, Letgo and OfferUp.
3. FAKE ORDERS AND FRAUDULENT INQUIRIES
Somehow a lot of people have found ways to make Craigslist even more impersonal than it already is . Fake orders are some of them . Some people will place fake ads with their phone number and tell you to call them so that they can give you the real address that they want you to ship their stuff to.
Fraudulent inquiries are another scam that many people pulled on Craigslist. These are ads that are really just a bunch of questions to get you to give them the address and information of your house.
4. YOU CAN’T RECEIVE MONEY ON WHAT YOU LIST
Craigslist allows you to receive money for one time orders but if you’re looking to sell anything else, then forget it . Craigslist is only used for purchasing services and items that you can’t buy online. Don’t bother listing your stuff for cash because there’s no way someone will be willing to offer more than the asking price.
5. YOU CAN’T RECEIVE MONEY ON BROKERAGE
You can’t sell your old furniture or your car on Craigslist and you can’t buy anything on the site. The only way to make money on Craigslist is by listing services and items that you will be receiving in the mail. Selling domain names, websites, web hosting services and apps are all allowed on Craigslist but if you want to buy something from them, then forget about it .
6. YOU NEED A PHONE NUMBER AND ADDRESS TO SELL ON CRAIGSLIST
Yes, you need a phone number and address in order to list anything for sale on Craigslist. They will screen those who list their items in order to make sure that they are legit. If you’re new to the site and don’t have a phone number, you better hope that somebody will help you out.
7. YOU NEED A PHONE NUMBER AND ADDRESS TO SELL ON EBAY AND AMAZON
This is similar to what I said above. You need a phone number and address in order to list anything on eBay and Amazon. This is one way people are making money on Craigslist because they sell stuff that they don’t want or can’t use . It’s also possible to sell things that can be exchanged for Bitcoins too .
8. YOU NEED A PHONE NUMBER AND ADDRESS TO SELL ON FACEBOOK AND GOOGLE
This is similar to what I said above but you can’t sell anything on Facebook and Google. You need a phone number and address in order to sell anything on Facebook Marketplace. Sure, you could probably list one item a day on Craigslist and make some money but if you want cash, then eBay is where you should spend your time.
Craigslist is a magical place for getting free stuff and I highly recommend you list your things for free if you have nothing to sell. If you advertise your items for sale, then all the money will go to the buyer. Craigslist doesn’t allow you to sell your items on Amazon and eBay so if you want to make any real money from an item, then forget about it . The only way that people get cash from Craigslist is by listing their services or items that they will be receiving in the mail and selling them for more than what the buyer paid for it .