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Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Most Popular Items Sold on Craigslist

Most Popular things sold on Craigslist

From my long expereince of using craigslist it seems to me that following are some hot items sold on craigslist:
  • concert tickets
  • cd-dvd
  • digital camera
  • cars
  • auto-parts
  • furniture
  • collectible items
  • flats
  • e-books
  • computer
  • cell phone
Popular items sold on craigslist will vary season to season and with time. This is just a quick guide.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

How to Avoid Scams on Craigslist

Craigslist is a great online market place. Unfortunately it doesn't provide any protection for the buyers or the sellers. As a result, the buyers are frequently cheated by the fraud sellers. Sometimes the sellers also get scammed by the dishonest buyers.

Following are some tips to avoid scams of craiglist:
* Deal locally with people you can meet. This way you can avoid most the craigs list scams.

* Search the internet with the name and phone number, email or address of the person or company with whom you are going to deal. And see whether any negative comments on the net are found against them.

* Never send payment in advance via bank wire or western union, moneygram or any other service before receiving the goods.

* Be aware of fake cashier checks & money orders. Banks will cash them and then hold you responsible when the fake will be discovered later on.

* Never give your financial information (bank account number, social security number, ebay/paypal info, etc.) to anyone. Those who ask for such information are most likely fraud on craigslist.

* Avoid deals involving shipping or escrow services and know that only a scammer will guarantee your transaction.

* If someone is offering to sell a commodity on craigslist at much lower price than it's actual market value then be careful with the deal.

* Communicate via email instead of instant messengers. In case of email communication you will have proof which you may show to police later on, if required. But must give a phone call to verify phone number.

Check out this official page of craigslist. It may help you a lot.

While craigslist is free and a good place to find out anything at cheap price you need to be careful to avoid the scams on craiglist.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Auto posting or manual posting for craigslist?

I frequently face this question whether it is a wise decision to use an auto-poster software for posting ads on craigs list.
Well, the auto-posting software will save your time a lot particularly it it has CAPTCHA recognition module. But a software can't solve all the issues related with craigslist posting. You must have enough knowledge of how craig's spam filter works and what the category specific restrictions on craigslist to get success. For example, if you try to use an image while posting in jobs section, no software will help you. Because, image is simply forbidden in jobs section (although it's not mentioned anywhere on craiglist).
Another great issue is IP address. You have to find out an way to change IP address while using the auto-poster. This may be built-in feature of the software or may be done using another program. Remember no software can change IP address itself unless you have a source of different IPs (dynamic IPs). If you are using free web proxies to change IP, auto-poster is of no help for you.
Another point is that setting up everything on an auto-poster initially take significant time. So it will not save your time unless you continue for long time.

On the other hand, advantages are that with auto-posting software you may post at perfect scheduled time & immediate reposting may be done if the ad is flagged by the visitors.

In general use of auto-posters is not suggested and it is against TOS of craigslist.