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We recently wanted to get rid of a Little Tikes desk complete with chair that my daughter used all of about 10 times. So, I went to Craigslist for Portland and placed the ad, complete with a couple of pictures. The post took me about 10 minutes including the taking and uploading of the pictures and I was done. That was about 2pm on Thursday last week. By 4:30pm, the same day (that’s about 2.5 hours for those of you in Rio Linda) the desk was gone and I had a $10 bill in my hand to replace it.

Craigslist rocks!

About a week before that, I found a sleeper sofa on Craigslist (actually, I found a dozen or so) and bought one at a great price.

About the same time, I needed an assistant for my Santa business to help out a couple days a week. I found her about 4 hours after placing a Craigslist ad for help. (The best employee I’ve had to date, bar none.)

A little before that, I needed someone to come and fix my sprinkler system. I couldn’t figure out why it wasn’t working. I placed an ad on Craigslist. I had my sprinkler system working about 5 hours after I placed the ad, that same day.

I also recently used Craigslist to find some people to pass out my new linkpaper, door to door. I found 8 people in a matter of a few hours after posting it on Craigslist.

Message to newspapers… when a core part of your revenue stream (classified advertising) is holding on by a thread and ONLY because of the ignorance of your readers (they don’t know about Craigslist or are not web centric yet) you have a major problem. I mean a MAJOR problem.

Did I mention all that amazing advertising I used was FREE?

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again. If you own stock in companies that depend on newspaper advertising in any way for their income, SELL, SELL, SELL, SELL, SELL!

The Arizona Republic recently reported on how Craigslist is kicking **s and not taking any names in the process.

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5 Comments

  1. Craigslist has a self-righteous, smug, and virtually communist ethic towards business ads, but if you can place your own ad there and not get booted off, it’s a great place to post so long as you’re in an “active” area.

  2. Great article Dan! Sites like Craigslist have been an incredible breakthrough to allow individuals to advertise and quickly solve a number of needs. I highly recommend a site to you, The Go Big Network http://www.gobignetwork.com , that works very similarly to Craigslist only it is geared toward entrepreneurs and the startup community. You can actually post an ad on The Go Big Network if you’re looking for funding for your business, employees/employment, advisors, service providers, etc. It’s another great ad-on to sites like Craigslist.

  3. An alternative to craigslist on the rental side is http://rentnet.org , of which the Atlanta site is the leading edge of its ongoing development I guess you could say its where craigslist was about 10 years ago.

  4. Stupid question but how do I post an ad on craigslist? Thanks for the help.

  5. Go to craigslist.com, click on your city and then the link at the top left called “Post to Classifieds”. Pretty simple. 🙂

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