What: CraigsList is a free classified advertising site where you can sell anything; look for a job; rent out your house or car

Expected pay: NA

Husl$core: $$$$

Commissions & fees: mostly free (though employers and brokers pay fees to list)

Where: Nationwide (worldwide)

Requirements: NA

Review:

Craig’s List has operations all over the world and lists everything from clothing and cars for sale to job listings and rentals. Most listings are free and reach a wide, but local, geographic audience.

The only problem: Because Craig’s List has more than 20 million active users, it is a magnet for scam artists, who attempt everything from renting other people’s homes to passing fake checks. Founder Craig Newmark is working on ways to spot and stop these scams, but the crooks are faster than the filters.

You must use good judgment when you use this site.

  • Don’t take a check for more than the cost of the goods and services you’re selling and agree to “refund” the rest. This is a fake check scam.
  • Be wary of rentals listed here too. They’re sometimes cut and pasted from other paid sites, such as VRBO. Usually, you’ll see warning signs, but only if you look carefully. Do that.

CraigsList’s Husl$core

We love Craig’s List. Its high rating reflects the fact that it works for sellers, renters and job seekers most of the time. The one missing $ here is mainly related to the scam issue. This site, more than others, has a problem with crooks. 

The one other issue that weighed down this company’s (still high) score is that it does everything. If you scour the listings on SideHusl, you’ll see Craig’s List in practically every category — you can find a job; rent a house; sell your puppies. The site is a “jack-of-all-trades.” But because it doesn’t specialize, this is not the first place to go when you want to rent out your vacation home; or buy expensive jewelry. Buyers (and sellers) tend to be bargain-hunters, not the type to pay a premium price for a premium product.

What their users say: 

“I’ve always loved this website! From being able to sell your stuff, searching for jobs, and purchasing things, this site offers it all! Not to mention, being able to make $$$ by posting ads for some companies! There’s definitely some non-legitimate ads out there but there are also legit ones too! This is always a site I refer to whenever I need anything! Highly recommended!!”

“I was told yesterday that someone posted our vacation home that is rented on VRBO via Craigslist. Someone stole the pictures and information off the VRBO site and pasted them onto the Craigslist site. They were trying to rent it on a week that was already rented on VRBO and collect the money in advance. BUYER BEWARE

Gotta watch all the scammers on there, I have listed a item for say $250.00 and immediately I have low-life scammers try to get me to accept their check. I sometimes want to tell them what they can do with their offer. 

“Individual by the name of XXX XXX is using Craigslist to find a roommate for $385.00 monthly. However, she describes that due to past experiences and no show she will need a $168.00 deposit which must be done using western union account number she provides. In total, you will pay $171.95 because of the transfer fee. Prior to the transfer being done she stays in touch answering every question that you may have about the room. She does not care if you have to drive for hours to get to the apartment. Once you confirm that you have arrived her telephone number goes straight to voicemail, but if you text she says that she’s on her way the address she provides is extremely beautiful, but XXX is a thief who uses people to get money transferred to Money Network Paycard. .”

“I have sold countless bicycles, sporting goods … there are genuine buyers out there. But they are all local. If out of state, Beware !! These are scumbag scammers. But Craig’s List is not at fault here. Just a fact of life that Scumbags are people too, with smartphones

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