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Old 01-10-2007, 08:02 PM
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Craigslist............

I have never looked at the Craigslist before tonight. Interesting concept that seems to be taking off..................

So, whats with it? Who is Craig? How are they able to keep it free? What are some of the pluses and minuses?

Thought it would make an interesting discussion.

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Old 01-10-2007, 08:16 PM
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They need to keep the porn off of it. Craigslist has been around for a little while but it seems lately you are hearing more and more of it. I was doing a search for toolboxes on there one night and came across some great deals, but shipping blows it out of the water.. For some reason I have a hard time paying $300 for shipping on a $150 item And it don't make sense that a small item can cost a few hundred to ship and a car only cost a few hundred more
Once you start going thru Craigslist you can find quite a few good deals. BTW Poncho......You putting your Poncho on there and what's the next project when you sell that?

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Old 01-10-2007, 09:08 PM
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BTW Poncho......You putting your Poncho on there and what's the next project when you sell that?

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It is for sale.......nothing in mind right now.
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Old 01-10-2007, 09:51 PM
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I have never looked at the Craigslist before tonight. Interesting concept that seems to be taking off..................

So, whats with it? Who is Craig? How are they able to keep it free? What are some of the pluses and minuses?

Thought it would make an interesting discussion.

i would suggest some reading 'up' on Craig's list for you ..... The guy is a basic short dork/geek with an idea that has gone wild ( in a good way). Making money too.

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Old 01-11-2007, 09:27 AM
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How are they able to keep it free?
Thought it would make an interesting discussion.

I was wondering the same about this site, how do you keep it free, nothing is free... Another place I peruse accepts donations which made sense to me and that caused me to ask how this place keeps the servers and bandwidth paid for...
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Old 01-11-2007, 10:43 AM
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Hr.com gets it through advertising mostly. I believe the cost for running this site were about $500 a month (I might be terribly mistaken, but I think someone posted the numbers on here some time ago). Ads, shirt sales etc. Plus Im sure people send in donations as well It'd be cool to setup a hr.com paypal account where we can donate from time to time.


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Old 01-11-2007, 10:43 AM
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I was wondering the same about this site, how do you keep it free, nothing is free... Another place I peruse accepts donations which made sense to me and that caused me to ask how this place keeps the servers and bandwidth paid for...
They have a foundation to raise money.
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How are they able to keep it free?
While most of the classifieds are free, a few are not...and that is how they make their money. I believe the "apartments for rent" type ads cost money, as well as a couple other categories.

There revenues last years were in the millions, however the founders of the company are not interested (at least at this point) in doing one of those big buck sell offs (like YouTube and many others). They appear to be dedicated to the idea of making these sorts of classifieds free and open.
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Old 01-11-2007, 11:37 AM
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I check CL every day or even twice a day starting with "free stuff". So far
I got a freezer for my ice cream truck, and bought another one for $40. Just last week there was a 25' Bayliner boat missing the drivetrain for free but I had to pass, even though I have a boat drivetrain (chevy) sitting here. I just have too many toys right now and need to get rid of stuff before I bring more home. There are some fantastic deals to be had by people that "just get rid of it", but you have to be on there all the time to get the best deals. I'm a CL junkie.

I check free stuff, general, RVs, tools, household, motorcycles, cars, and parts.

The automotive forums are full morons. People that are cluless about cars and give absolutly rediculous advice. Just plain STUPID!
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I only read the Car Parts and Cars for Sale, and I look several times a day. Bought a good 350 engine off it once. Keep looking for old cars I'd be interested in, but haven't bought anything there yet. Like I need another vehicle, got 6 already!
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The automotive forums are full morons. People that are cluless about cars and give absolutly rediculous advice. Just plain STUPID!
I resemble that remark.......................

Hope you are not talking about this forum..........

I didn't know that they had a forum too, will check out the morons, Didnt know they had free stuff either.........Free is good. My yard is gonna look like crap.
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Their sole source of revenue is paid ads for job listings in certain cities. Estimated to be about $10 million/year taken in.

The founder and the CEO have been described as "anti-capitalist", with their primary goals being helping people out, rather than raking in mega-bucks. They are culturally tied to Bay Area/SF communities, so the "free culture" aspect is not unheard of.

Craigslist is superb for local transactions. Use the "local" craigslist for your area. I've used it to look for house rentals, and to buy the computer I'm typing on right now. For certain purchases, you want to look at and hold the item you're purchasing, and even meet the seller. For this, Craigslist excels.

pepi -- we keep the site going by small amounts of advertising in non-board sections of the site. The concept is similar to Craigslist -- there is such a small amount of "for-profit" stuff on the site, that it barely gets noticed. It only costs about $500-$1000 to run a website of this size, and that's with first-class hosting and such. I'd prefer not to do donations. We've tried them before, with limited success. Unlike Craigslist, I wouldn't describe us as "anti-capitalist", but I think that, in this era, success on the net comes from the "value" you gain by giving things away...for free .
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You can find a lot of good deals, but you can find a lot of overpriced deals, or deals where the pics are not the actual products being sold. Just be careful and do your homework before you buy.

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pepi -- we keep the site going by small amounts of advertising in non-board sections of the site. The concept is similar to Craigslist -- there is such a small amount of "for-profit" stuff on the site, that it barely gets noticed. It only costs about $500-$1000 to run a website of this size, and that's with first-class hosting and such. I'd prefer not to do donations. We've tried them before, with limited success. Unlike Craigslist, I wouldn't describe us as "anti-capitalist", but I think that, in this era, success on the net comes from the "value" you gain by giving things away...for free .
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I have sold a bunch of parts on Craig's list and its great. A lot depends on where you are, Washington, Oregon and California are great, some states get almost no postings.

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