Craigslist is an online marketplace that also serves as a platform for users to post job ads and find freelance service providers. It follows a classified ads kind of format where users can post jobs under specific categories such as automotive, accounting and finance, and skilled trade services. We compiled Craigslist user reviews from our website and around the web and determined that they have a mix of positive and negative ratings. We also compared the most popular pricing options available.
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Summary of User Reviews
What Craigslist Does Well
Users who gave Craiglist a positive review said that they easily get the services they need from the site at an affordable price.
What Craigslist Does Not Do Well
Users who gave Craigslist a negative review said that it is full of scammers. They reported wasting a lot of time trying to evaluate and sort through legitimate and illegitimate sellers and service providers on the site.
Most Helpful Positive User Review
One user who gave Craigslist a positive review on Trustpilot said that he has hired many credible freelancers on the website. He noted that he is quite satisfied with the service and has received only one bad service from a freelancer since he started using the site three years ago.
Most Helpful Negative User Review
“As someone looking to hire, and I guess the same applied to people looking for work, I find that Craigslist is too simplistic and that it lacks a search capability outside of a user’s selected city. I find I have to use a site like http://www.searchallcraigslist.org to search the entire state for what I am looking for. Why doesn’t Craigslist improve their search? We will never know!”
Pricing of job ad posting varies on Craiglist. While it allows users to post job ads for free, some users need to pay for a fee depending on where they are located. According to the site, job postings on selected areas may range from $7 to $75.
Check out the list below for some of Craigslist’s features.
- Bulletin boards for ads for permanent jobs and short-term work assignments
- Forums for discussion among users
- Barter option for services
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How often can a user post an ad?
A user can post in one category and in one city only once every 48 hours.
Where can a user advertise their services or business on Craigslist?
Ad postings for services or businesses should be added to the Services Category.
Craigslist Overview Video
The video below shows how to post an ad on Craigslist.