Unscrupulous sellers often post fraudulent ads that look like great deals, but their intention is to extract and exploit financial information from naive and unsuspecting buyers.Craigslist has been loath to update its interface in the decade-plus since its inception.Sellers in popular categories, such as real estate and automotive, complain that within 15 minutes of their posts going live, they are already relegated to the second page, having been supplanted by dozens of more recent ads from competitors.Craigslist has also long been a magnet for scam artists.
Is it populated entirely by perverted sexual deviants, serial killers, prostitutes and scammers as rumors insist?
One woman takes the plunge and returns with advice. My fingers hesitantly pecked at the inbox, and suddenly, I was reading my recent ex's email. I wondered what would happen if I posted a wish list online.
I couldn't help it; his email was password was just too easy to crack. To my horror, he had placed a singles ad on Craigslist. I'd like to say I didn't sit home feeling sorry for myself, but, of course, that would be lying. But at 36, it seemed every cute or kind man near my age was married with children. Sure, Craigslist has had its share of troubles (the Craigslist Killer comes to mind) but I'd be using the online personals section — which is for legitimate dating — and not the "casual encounters" section — which is just what it sounds like. To summon my courage, I got in touch with my inner Angelina Jolie, imagining myself sweeping across the globe on humanitarian missions with a tall, handsome, loving, financially-secure humanitarian at my side. I'm tired of people telling me that I care too much. I've never married and have been holding out for you, perhaps.
Multiple similar sites appeal to Craigslist's target audience.
Beyond scouring the more traditional print newspaper classified ads, there are online substitutes for Craigslist that allow you to shop or sell.