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Nothing Finer than Living in North Caroliner
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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Day 195 - Craigslist

As with all things, Craigslist can be both a positive and a negative experience.  The negative experience comes with a couple of people who make it miserable.  For example, your ad can be "flagged" at any time and it simply disappears.  One time I was GIVING away free zoo coupons and I had a terrible time.  One lady said she wanted them for her grandchildren, could she have them?  Yes, please e-mail me your address and I will mail them to you.  She didn't want me to have her address so she wasn't "sure" after all.  I explained that I lived an hour from where she lived and where the zoo was and I wasn't going to spend $40 in gas to give her the coupon as I didn't frequent that area.  So I relisted the ad and explained that I was going to try this ONE MORE TIME, and hopefully someone smart enough could get these free coupons.  Somebody flagged it and I had to list it again.  I could have just stopped and not give away free coupons for kids to have an opportunity to go to the zoo where Michael Jackson's elephant resides, but I justified my willingness to do the right thing and what a pain in the ass it was becoming by the smile on some child's face.

I set boundaries and stated if the person who wanted these free coupons, they would have to e-mail me their address and I would put them in the mail to them.  Within seconds I had 13 SMART people.  So maybe it was that with this audience, as we said in the world of printing, write it like you are writing it for the person that is stupid.  Not to demean anybody but this way there were no
questions. 

Craigslist nearest your area is a great source for a couple of things.  Making money with the items that are lurking in your garage.  The author of Rich Dad Poor Dad says if it isn't making you money, its costing you money so do something and get rid of it.  There is also a category of free which people list curb alerts.  You can get some pretty good stuff for free if you are vigilant in your searches.  You can also list your stuff for free and get rid of it.  Believe me, if it's of ANY value within hours, your stuff is gone after putting it out on the curb and listing it.

This is not a good place to search for a good place to work, but odd jobs and limited income opportunities do exist on Craigslist.  I equate buying items on Craigslist like you looking at yard sales without having to go there.  If you know what you are looking for, this is a better way to find higher ticket items for reasonable prices such as furniture, electronics and used books.

The barter section is interesting too.  I read about a person who started out with a skateboard and through bartering ended up with a luxury car.  You also can look at a city to which you are planning to visit and find great vacation rentals from the locals which are the same price as hotel rooms and come with a better view and better hospitality!


Craig Newmark started craigslist in early 1995 as a way of staying on top of San Francisco’s busy arts and technology scene. Despite (or perhaps because of) the site’s determined non-commercialism, craigslist survived and even thrived in the post-dot-com days. Now 20 million people visit the site each month, viewing and self-publishing more than 17 million ads and forum posts. With characteristic modesty, Newmark continues to refer himself not as a founder but as a "customer service representative."

In this podcast, Newmark and David Weinberger, author of Everything Is Miscellaneous, discuss craigslist’s unstructured approach to managing the site’s growth and its features, and what that might mean for planning and strategizing in other areas of business. The old structures of control just don’t work. Given the steady success of craigslist, what does? taken from http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2007/06/no_vision_whats/

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