Outline of How Craigslist
● What is Craigslist.org?
● The Craigslist Network
● Craigslist Financials
● Craigslist Controversy #1
● Craigslist Controversy #2
What is Craigslist.org?
● originally a San Francisco community
● Craigslist.org is now one of the most visited
English language Web sites, with local
classifieds for more than 450 cities worldwide
● The site's main function is to host classified
ads that cover practically every category
The Craigslist Network
● Each craigslist site focuses on a specific
● Originally, craigslist only listed classifieds and
announcements within San Francisco.
● This service grew in popularity, expanding
well beyond founder Craig Newmark's
original concept, craigslist added other cities
to its network.
● Craigslist started as a pet project but blossomed
into a full-fledged company.
● Craigslist also purchased the domain
craigslist.com to prevent anyone from buying it
and misleading craigslist members.
● Each year since then, craigslist has expanded to
cover more cities and communities, becoming a
powerful financial force in the process.
Craigslist Controversy #1
● One of the biggest challenges for the craigslist
community is weeding out scam artists.
● The site has a section describing common scam
tactics and what users should do if they come
Craigslist Controversy #2
● Scams might involve fake money orders or
checks, bait-and-switch schemes, phishing
schemes designed to obtain personal
information, identity theft schemes and other
unethical and illegal activities.
● One scam that has popped up in several
craigslist communities involves a buyer
overpaying for an item.