Inherent trust of Craigslist listings?

  • June 28th, 2006

One of the strongest assets a consumer has in acquiring “new” or second hand items is without a doubt, a bare bones services by the name of Craigslist. Recognized on both a domestic and international level, the virtual classified ads and online urban communities resource offers a rich source for anyone in search of random trinkets, employment opportunities, and general interaction with similar minded individuals.

The virtual listings, or online classified ads, continue to surpass my own expectations as I’ve witnessed first hand the ability to serve and sell items on short notice. Popular items often move from sale to sold within the span of an hour as local Craigslist users routinely scan “for sale” items.


I’ve often contemplated whether the bare bones appearance of listing contributed to, detracted from, or was neither in creating a successful selling / purchasing environment. The sheer simplicity of listing allows users to create multiple sale items (granted that items are not repeated listings). However, with these rapid successions of listings, how or what steps can be taken to prevent innocent individuals from falling victim to the scam artists who seem to run rampant on the sale boards?

Granted, Craigslist inserts scam warnings as a safety precaution within listing email correspondances, but what additional steps can be taken to increase the security and peace of mind? Does the appearance of listings lend credence into the validity of an item?

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