Craigslist Ads - No Calls, is it time to give up?

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I have had no calls posting ads in the "for sale" section of Craigslist (EXCEPT THE FREE SECTION)



Last night, I did a little experiment to see how people would respond to my ads.

1. I posted a Canon EOS Rebel T2 FE28-90 in the free section, to see what would happen. Few minutes later, I was FLOODED with calls.
I got so many calls I had to take down posting and my typical response was that "I already gave it away to someone else".

2. Then an hour later, I reposted the same camera in the ELECTRONICS section, and this time for 5 bucks.

The result? No calls. Common really???? It's ONLY 5 bucks!!! And you still are not willing to pay for it?


Here is my listing:

Canon EOS Rebel T2 EF 28-90mm


Based on the results, I am coming to the conclusion that people on Craigslist want EVERYTHING for free, and don't want to have to pay a single dime for it.


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  • Profile picture of the author Johnny Mathis
    That's Detroit for ya
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  • Profile picture of the author ONE SEO
    CL is 98% bottomfeeders, dudes/girls living in their parents basement and haven't had a real job in their life.

    It was better when CL had hookers, then some professional married men would use CL to look for hookers and stumple upon ads.

    Now the only people on CL are companies looking for cheap ways to put up help wanted ads and the dummies using CL for jobs are unemployable.

    Oh, they do have a FREE section, so yeah BOTTOM FEEDERS.

    Worthless traffic.

    If you take 100 CL ads for any legit service for a local business, 98% to 99% are zeros, waste of time.
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    • Profile picture of the author spearce000
      Originally Posted by ONE SEO View Post

      CL is 98% bottomfeeders, dudes/girls living in their parents basement and haven't had a real job in their life.

      It was better when CL had hookers, then some professional married men would use CL to look for hookers and stumple upon ads.

      Now the only people on CL are companies looking for cheap ways to put up help wanted ads and the dummies using CL for jobs are unemployable.

      Oh, they do have a FREE section, so yeah BOTTOM FEEDERS.

      Worthless traffic.

      If you take 100 CL ads for any legit service for a local business, 98% to 99% are zeros, waste of time.
      I agree. I've never got anything from CL. If you look at the ads posted there it's just freebee seekers and people looking for actors/actresses to appear in porno movies.
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    • Profile picture of the author daneelpeter
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      what are your prices!
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  • Profile picture of the author Highway55
    Pretty cool study. I think you're looking at it the wrong way... Obviously, there are plenty of people who see your ad and "would" call (or take action) "IF" it was something they are interested in... so you should take that information and try to be a little more creative with what you're posting, where you post, and how you word it...
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    • Profile picture of the author lilcrichards
      Originally Posted by Highway55 View Post

      Pretty cool study. I think you're looking at it the wrong way... Obviously, there are plenty of people who see your ad and "would" call (or take action) "IF" it was something they are interested in... so you should take that information and try to be a little more creative with what you're posting, where you post, and how you word it...
      Proper wording is everything
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  • Profile picture of the author newxxx
    will CL let you put link to ebay,

    and you can say something like,

    "Compare at ebay for $80"

    Canon EOS Rebel T2 Set w Canon EF 28 90mm F 4 5 6 III Lens Camera Set 013803038637 | eBay

    and then they'll see that you are cheaper than ebay

    or put your asking price, and retail value price, in the headlines?
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  • Profile picture of the author Tony M
    I've helped my friends and family sell loads of stuff off of CL.
    Not once did I ever have a problem selling something.

    I even sold a commercial press machine for my uncles business.
    Sold in 3 days.

    The biggest skill you need for a site like CL is Copywriting.

    Your ad looks like everything else. How do you stand apart from the rest?
    What? you think your price point is going to do that for you? Very doubtful.

    That's like launching a $5 WSO here on the forum and not getting any buyers.
    There is 2 reasons for that.

    1. Your copy sucks
    2. No one wants what your selling.

    - Tony
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    • Profile picture of the author craigsposterpro
      Originally Posted by Tony M View Post

      I've helped my friends and family sell loads of stuff off of CL.
      Not once did I ever have a problem selling something.

      I even sold a commercial press machine for my uncles business.
      Sold in 3 days.

      The biggest skill you need for a site like CL is Copywriting.

      Your ad looks like everything else. How do you stand apart from the rest?
      What? you think your price point is going to do that for you? Very doubtful.

      That's like launching a $5 WSO here on the forum and not getting any buyers.
      There is 2 reasons for that.

      1. Your copy sucks
      2. No one wants what your selling.

      - Tony
      I couldn't agree with you more Tony. Your ad copy can make or break the response rate. You have to stand out from your competition. Also, am not sure conducting a marketing test on a holiday weekend provides a legitimate reading.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ron Killian
    I've had good luck with CL myself. Always sold everything I've listed, even some things I didn't think would sell. Can't say got good money, but good enough, and I didn't have to "give stuff away".

    This might sound dumb, but what about adding "camera" in your title?

    When I list stuff in CL, I also list is the three closest area's to mine. I have to change the ad slightly to get all listed, but works for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author daneelpeter
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    Originally Posted by bigfoot12 View Post

    I have had no calls posting ads in the "for sale" section of Craigslist (EXCEPT THE FREE SECTION)



    Last night, I did a little experiment to see how people would respond to my ads.

    1. I posted a Canon EOS Rebel T2 FE28-90 in the free section, to see what would happen. Few minutes later, I was FLOODED with calls.
    I got so many calls I had to take down posting and my typical response was that "I already gave it away to someone else".

    2. Then an hour later, I reposted the same camera in the ELECTRONICS section, and this time for 5 bucks.

    The result? No calls. Common really???? It's ONLY 5 bucks!!! And you still are not willing to pay for it?


    Here is my listing:

    Canon EOS Rebel T2 EF 28-90mm


    Based on the results, I am coming to the conclusion that people on Craigslist want EVERYTHING for free, and don't want to have to pay a single dime for it.


    Don't loose your heart and try in big cities by posting ads you will get a lot
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  • Profile picture of the author st0nec0ld
    I've stopped using craigslist for a long time now because I don't think it helped me back then. But, I want to know if CL still ask for a verification no.?
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  • Profile picture of the author Wadhkal
    Craigslist never worked for me no matter what item I put on it or how differently, I got no response.
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  • Profile picture of the author vick2011
    Cracker, and Gumtree are the worst. Full of "Full-Time Scammers". Although a few years back Cracker was good to get cheap sex from.
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  • Profile picture of the author sony123
    me too didn't get a call or enquiry from craigslist
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  • Profile picture of the author osamaye360
    i would advise not to depend on CL alone for your source of traffic. Try posting to other cities. besides who wont rush for free things. the internet is full of bunch of freebies seekers
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  • Profile picture of the author Dsdomination
    CL lost its reputation!
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  • Profile picture of the author travlinguy
    So you offer something with little value for free and you get a lot of takers. No surprise there. Then you offer the same thing (film cameras aren't worth spit except to a very few die hard camera ppl) for $5 and no takers.

    eBay confirms the thing is dead. Of all the listings there not a single one sold in the last 90 days. Maybe you should try offering stuff people want.
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    • The key to getting leads on CL is the way you present your things. If your description is good, has keywords, and you are posting in bigger cities, it would work.

      Write unique ads and post them, and then you will get leads
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  • Profile picture of the author theo1995
    CL is a free way to drive traffic to your content but it's not stable and not targetted. You should find another ways to sell your stuff
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  • Profile picture of the author Ron Killian
    Funny, SO many people saying CL is dead for selling stuff. Yet I've sold everything I've put on there. Just last week my son sold a working drying he got for free, he sold it for $100. I've sold stuff I didn't think would even sell.

    Course it's clear people are not reading the OP's post in the first place and are posting for other reasons. Spreading miss information.
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  • Profile picture of the author wentzco
    I sold my pontoon on craigslist. We also had multiple interested parties there when my brother was selling his lake cabin. I also know I have had at least one autoresponder sign-up by advertising only 1 ad/1 city in the computer services section (trying to figure out proper way to multiply those ads without getting flagged/removed).

    I think it depends what you are selling as well as ad copy. The results you got in the free section has me thinking...
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  • It could also be that it looks like there are around 50 posts in the free section for the day, and around 400 in the electronics sections. Posting in a completely saturated section cannot be good for traffic/calls.
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  • Profile picture of the author midasmarketing
    Did you verify that in fact your ad went live and didn't ghost? It can take up to 2 hours for an ad to show up in the listings now.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bruce NewMedia
    Craigslist list is definitely more of a challenge than years ago...

    But, I still routinely sell almost anything I list. I also get leads for my
    marketing business and for my local clients, over any 30 day period.

    There are so many 'landmines' you have to know what to avoid. How to
    write your ad is critical (most are terrible) and what sections to run in...
    when to re-post, when to use links in ad and when not to.

    Pricing is more of an art than you realize. Underpricing causes readers to
    think its a phony offer...and many items are so overpriced, you could get it new
    at a store.
    The fact that in most categories the ads are free to run, draws sellers who
    pay no attention to all the above factors...and get poor results.
    _____
    Bruce
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  • Profile picture of the author daneelpeter
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    The thing is People are getting more smartor than you think try to make professional Graphics and make discount 70% off you will get a good price of that Item
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