Is it still possible to make money LEGALLY on Craigslist any more?

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I love using Craigslist, as a buyer. I know blackhatters con people into filling out cpa offers for fake jobs, but now you can't even buy anything without getting scammed.

I love Craigslist, but you have to dig trough a ton of spam just to find a legit deal. IMer's get a bad rep, undeserving of course, but when IMer's get a hold of something good, they seem to f*ck it up.

Most IMer's are honest people looking to make money to support themselves, but the few dishonest ones really mess things up for everybody, on a massive scale.

Craigslist is a great asset, where anybody can make a few bucks, and find great deals, but it is infested with scammers. Here is a scammer I ran into the other day, I guess scammers are oceanographers now



Alex Blades <...>
Oct 15 (1 day ago)




to jessicawilson1.


How many miles does the car have?







jessica wilson
Oct 15 (1 day ago)




to me


Hi, I've received your email regarding the 2006 Lexus ES330 with 94,000 miles on it, sedan, automatic, gasoline, 3.3L 3300CC 202Cu. In V6 GAS DOHC Naturally Aspirated. The car is still for sale and my asking price is $2400. It is a 2006 model loaded with everything.You have here the VIN # to see that everything is like I said : JTHBA30G465154743. The car is very well maintained and it has just been completely serviced. The engine runs very good and the automatic transmission shifts perfectly. The car is in perfect condition with clear title, no accidents, no liens or loans. I'm an oceanographer and I'm on sea at this moment, so I left the car in Orlando, Florida, at the shipping company, it's already packed and waiting to be shipped anywhere.


Let me know if you are still interested.



Regards,
Jessica Wilson













Alex Blades <>
Oct 15 (1 day ago)




to jessica


Sounds great, where should I send the money, Nigeria?
#craigslist #legally #make #money
  • Profile picture of the author aromasuccess
    I've seen this before. This scam has been going on for a while. They're either an oceanographer or deployed in Afghanistan. Do a google search. You'll see all the variations of the "at the shipping company, it's already packed and waiting to be shipped anywhere" story.
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  • It is sad how the scammers ruin things. What is worse is that these types of scams work and innocent victims are losing thousands of dollars!

    Michael
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  • Profile picture of the author teresarothaar
    I think it is possible, but not for IM. Craigslist is for selling your used stuff, advertising a garage sale, or advertising a local offline business, such as handyman work or junk removal. I found a junk removal guy on my local CL.

    Unfortunately, though, even the offline listings are infested with scammers such as the one you encountered.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Ray
    I never really liked Craigslist. There are much better alternatives out there for a while now.
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  • It's definitely possible, but you'll have to wade through a lot of crap to get to the good ones. I think theyre trying to cut down on a lot of the spam (especially on the job section) by increasing the number of cities you need to pay to post.
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  • Profile picture of the author Coby
    They also try to scam you on houses now as well, lol.

    I ran into this when I was moving to Oklahoma/Texas from Tennessee.

    Fortunately I normally have a good eye for them.

    Cheers,
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    • Profile picture of the author Alex Blades
      Originally Posted by Coby View Post

      They also try to scam you on houses now as well, lol.

      I ran into this when I was moving to Oklahoma/Texas from Tennessee.

      Fortunately I normally have a good eye for them.

      Cheers,
      Coby
      I encountered such a scam years ago, beutiful house, fully furnish and under priced, it was probably stock photos :p


      I think one thing we can all agree on, is that IMer's can spot a scam from a mile away. You may be able to temporarily blind an IMer's with a shiny bright object, but when it comes to outright scams, they can spot it, like a fly spots a pile of dog poop
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  • Profile picture of the author Slin
    Hahaha can I laugh at that post? Is that Okay, not trying to be insensitive but man, that's a funny response.

    Anyway, sure you can make some money! One of my roommates was low on cash, and to help him out we found a fridge on craigslist for like 10$, cleaned it up, and sold it for 80$. The key is to find items that are under priced.
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  • Profile picture of the author creztor
    Great post, it also made me laugh. Craigslist is a good place to make money BUT only if you have an actual product or service to sell. No point in trying to spin the lastest snake oil IM product there.
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  • Profile picture of the author Highway55
    It's the nature of the beast. This goes back to the Thrifty Nickel Classifieds get rich quick schemes. Low barrier of entry always guarantees there will be some trash to sift through.

    Honestly, who cares? It's still a super profitable traffic source with tons of real buyers.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sarevok
    Watch out.

    She'll reply and tell you that she's happy to give you a deal.

    But you have to fill out her free "Credit Check" CPA form.

    Just to be on the safe side.

    DON'T TRY TO SCAM HER!

    You big bully.

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  • Profile picture of the author Moneymaker2012
    Craigslist is still useful to make good decent money, also depends on your product and prices. It has millions of users, can give good exposure to your product.
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  • Profile picture of the author Corey Geer
    I absolutely despise Craigslist.

    #1 - Scammers as you said run rampant. It's hard to find a posting that was made by a real human being and not an underpaid spammer or automated software.

    #2 - Flaggers... all it takes is one dick to flag something to make it disappear from the listings. People who are competition or people who just want to ruin everyone's day spend their time flagging random ads on Craigslist.

    Even the dating section is still full of people trying to do the ol "sign up to this website with your credit card if you want to meet me" trick.

    Not only that but from my past real dealings with Craigslist users, they all turned out to be complete nutjobs. I don't know what it is about Craigslist that attracts weirdos, but I stay away from it. Whether it's for selling something of mine personally or making money.
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  • Profile picture of the author RyanGueterbock
    Of course it's possible, but it's certainly not for the IM niche. If you want to clear out the contents of your garage or if you are an automobile scrapper or antique buyer and seller then of course you can make money on craigslist. But the core of your question seems to be centered around the IM niche.

    So if you were to rephrase your question to can you still make money on craigslist in the IM niche, I would say not ethically. As craigslist is intended as an exchange of local hard goods. Not digital downloads.
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  • Profile picture of the author buysellbrowse
    To be fair, an online classifieds service provider cannot really verify the legal capacity to transact for either sellers or buyers. It's like placing an ad in the newspaper classifieds. When you respond to ads, it's let the buyer beware, and you deal at your own risk and peril. As a seller, you will have to find a mutually agreeable way to perform the goods for money exchange with the buyer.
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  • Profile picture of the author writeaway
    Originally Posted by Alex Blades View Post

    I love using Craigslist, as a buyer. I know blackhatters con people into filling out cpa offers for fake jobs, but now you can't even buy anything without getting scammed.

    I love Craigslist, but you have to dig trough a ton of spam just to find a legit deal. IMer's get a bad rep, undeserving of course, but when IMer's get a hold of something good, they seem to f*ck it up.

    Most IMer's are honest people looking to make money to support themselves, but the few dishonest ones really mess things up for everybody, on a massive scale.

    Craigslist is a great asset, where anybody can make a few bucks, and find great deals, but it is infested with scammers. Here is a scammer I ran into the other day, I guess scammers are oceanographers now



    Alex Blades <...>
    Oct 15 (1 day ago)




    to jessicawilson1.


    How many miles does the car have?







    jessica wilson
    Oct 15 (1 day ago)




    to me


    Hi, I've received your email regarding the 2006 Lexus ES330 with 94,000 miles on it, sedan, automatic, gasoline, 3.3L 3300CC 202Cu. In V6 GAS DOHC Naturally Aspirated. The car is still for sale and my asking price is $2400. It is a 2006 model loaded with everything.You have here the VIN # to see that everything is like I said : JTHBA30G465154743. The car is very well maintained and it has just been completely serviced. The engine runs very good and the automatic transmission shifts perfectly. The car is in perfect condition with clear title, no accidents, no liens or loans. I'm an oceanographer and I'm on sea at this moment, so I left the car in Orlando, Florida, at the shipping company, it's already packed and waiting to be shipped anywhere.


    Let me know if you are still interested.



    Regards,
    Jessica Wilson













    Alex Blades <>
    Oct 15 (1 day ago)




    to jessica


    Sounds great, where should I send the money, Nigeria?
    Funny twist to the NIGERIAN email 419 scam. Money is ready at the bank. Just needs a fee to clear it. And similar variations.
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  • Profile picture of the author EPoltrack77
    yeah, I try not to go there anymore. Maybe to track a backlink for some seo but thats about it!
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  • I think spammer is something that we gonna have to get use to because they ain't going anywhere
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  • Profile picture of the author Devin X
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    No, it is not. It is full of scammers, noobs, and idiots. I don't even use CL for anything anymore because of how bad it's gotten. There's someone that'll try to scam you for anything on classified sites.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lightlysalted
    I think craigslist needs to fight back against the scammers, there are sooooo many on it now. However it is still fundamentally a great brand. I've based in the UK and even I know about it, that's great Brand Awareness.
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    • Profile picture of the author Julius Minor
      Yes.. I made a lot of money from Craigslist building Wordpress websites. I would charge $100 if they sign up through my hostgator affiliate link so I would get an extra $50.. And it only takes 10-20 min. if you have a huge inventory of themes. There are a lot of people on there that need websites..
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      • Profile picture of the author ClickDale
        Your responses are funny! You put a big smile on my face!

        I have been fortunate enough to make a living off of both Ebay and Craigslist for the past several years. At least 1/3 of my income comes from reselling on Craigslist. I have had success with both buying and selling. There are a TON of scammers on craigslist, but I think they are pretty easy to spot.

        Let's say you are in the automotive section. If a price of a car/truck is too good to be true, then you know something is wrong. If the license plates on the car don't match the state you live in, then it's a scam.

        I am mainly in the cell phone section. For some reason scammers never put the city they live in. They usually leave it blank. If the price is too good to be true and the city is blank, I don't even open the ad. Let's say that the price is super low and they DO put in a city. In this case they must have a contact number. If they want you to email them, then it's a scam.
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