Is Craigslist Really Free?

craigslist-freeA reader recently alerted us to an interesting factoid regarding the online classified service, Craigslist:

It's not entirely free.

In case you didn't know either, here's a rundown of all that Craiglist charges for (taken from their website): 

  1. Job postings in SF Bay Area—$75 per job per category (e.g. 1 job in 2 categories is $150). 
  2. Job postings in the following areas—$25 per job per category (e.g. 1 job in 2 categories is $50): Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Central, NJ, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Inland Empire, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Long Island, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Nashville, New York City, North Jersey, Orange County,Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, Raleigh, Sacramento, St. Louis , San Antonio, San Diego, Seattle, South Florida, Tampa, Washington DC. 
  3. Brokered apartment rentals in New York City—$10.
  4. Therapeutic services* in the United States—$10 (reposting of live ads $5).
  5. Tickets by-dealer in the United States—$5.
  6. Cars/trucks by-dealer in the United States—$5.

* I have to say, I'm curious as to what this all entails.

Save for these items, Craigslist remains the best free alternative (with the biggest audience) to listing your items/services for sale than really any other online classifieds.

Did you know about these Craigslist fees?

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  1. I’m in Sacramento, and we pay $25 per employment ad in CA and WA. We get more resumes and hire more people from responses to our ads on Craigslist than we ever do from the insanely expensive ads we have placed in newspapers or other well known online employment sites. Even at $75 per ad, Craigslist is an incredible advertising bargain compared to other advertising sources these days.

  2. I worked as a Virtual Assistant of a Realtor from New York before. That’s why I have an idea that posting in Craiglist is not really free. She even paid a higher amount and I think that was the yearly renewal if I’m not mistaken.

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