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Published on 9/14/2014
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  CRAIGSLIST Should You Use It?

   Craigslist has been around a very long time and is used as a community website to do anything from buy stuff for cheap or get something for free. To sell something when you are in the need for some quick cash. It is even used to post jobs and get jobs. Also personals and community events.

   Craigslist started their service in 1995 as a site that posted community events in the San Francisco area and then became a larger classified ads site in 1996. It was soon online in 170 countries.

   Craigslist has had some incredible stories and there is even a documentary showing many of those stories. But there has also been some tragedy linking to buyers and sellers dealing on craigslist. There has been deaths and robbings increasing through the years. This is due to the fact that many people that deal with craigslist for business actually have to meet with the buyer or seller in person.

   Recently in Philadelphia PA there have been a streak of killings when buyers responded to a classified ad for ATV vehicles at very incredible must buy price. When they met with the seller, he asked the buyer to come with him and shot him around the corner away from the site of his friends waiting for him in the car. A similar story posted not to long after.

   Craiglist was a God sent to us many times. My husband found a high paying job on there 5 years ago. That job has recently shut down and now we are using Craigslist to sell many items we have collected through the years. My husbands job was a way he was able to get some used items that people had left behind when they moved. Also we have left over items from the Gaming Center we had to close in 2010. 

   We have sold one item successfully on Craigslist. It was a T-Shirt press we listed for 150 and we got 100 from a teacher who came to our house and picked up the item. In 2010 I sold a Toyota Van in 5 minutes. My phone exploded with calls. We have also sold TV's and XBox's from our gaming center and successfully made the transactions in a public area away from our home. It is usually up to you on how safe you feel going to a strangers house or having a stranger come to yours.

    We have traveled to sellers homes to purchase a fish tank and a motorcycle helmet. We felt safe about these tranactions. Sales such as laptops, cellphones, ATV vehicles and jewlery are products I would be very careful with when meeting the seller or the buyer. 

   What typically happens now when you list a product on craiglist it will get a quick response asking if the item is still for sale. When you reply yes they will come back and say they want it. Then they want you to send them your Name, Address and Phone Number and they will send you a check or money order. Pickup will be arranged after your check has cleared. Most of these people will tell you they are in the middle of the sea or they are a missionary currently in another country. 

   You should really look for those red flags with a response to an item you are selling. Does the person sound like they don't speak proper English? Does their greeting start with Dear Sir or Ma'am? Most likely if you are selling something in your area you will not get someone that don't know the proper language to use in a greeting or a letter.

   Many people will fall for scams like these. Although you will receive the check or money order as they promise but after you deposit it and receive the cash in your account someone will do the pickup and just a few days later your bank will tell you that the check or money order was no good and you owe the bank any money you have used from that check or money order.

   We once received a cashiers check from a bank after my husband had applied for a job to be a driver for a doctors wife who will be in town for a month. They told us they were sending us a check for our pay at 400 a week and then enough money to give to his wife when the car came to our house to pick up his wife at the airport. Very interesting. It was a check for over 4000 dollars. We had even told them we knew this wasn't real and did not want to participate. We still got the check but no car ever showed up. 

   Craiglist is a great place for many things but you really have to be careful. A nanny was killed after showing up to a house for her first day at work. You just never know who you are going to meet. Or who you are doing a deal with. You really need to be cautious with anything out there. A community event posted could be a party where you may never leave. 

   Craigslist has since shunned internet marketers and work at home opportunity listings. Ghosting their ads and sometimes removing ads and suspending accounts. It seems that Craigslist is gearing more toward prostitute and porn ads these days.

   Look out for the Craigslist Killer. 

   Craigslist Should You Use IT?
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